Jim Dubay's

1954 Chevy 3100 Deluxe and 4400 Flatbed/Dump

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21 June 2005

From Jim: 

       I thought it was time to send some pictures. I've been reading this site for the last five years and I can tell you there is none better for us Bigbolts fans. Thanks to all for the hours and hours of knowledge and entertainment.

       Well, how did it all start? I can remember sitting in my Grandfather's long, oversized garage behind the wheel of his new truck. I would be making believe I was creeping along in first gear, down dirt roads, between the rows of potato fields. I was about 5-6 years old and didn't know I was bitten by the Stovebolt Bug.


       This truck (1954 Chevy Bigbolt) got special treatment. He parked it next to the "going to church" 1955 Plymouth Savoy. His other Bigbolt (1940 Chevy flatbed) did the everyday work around the farm. For a lot of us kids that was the one that we got to drive. That was always parked in front of the barn along side the 1949 John Deere B, ready for the next day's work out in the fields. Great fun for us city kids to be on the farm all summer.

       Got my first Stovebolt when I was 17 (1954 Chevy 4-door, Auto). Got my second when I was 19 (1957 Chevy 3800). I was 46 when I got the bug again and started looking for a 1954 Bigbolt. Not that easy to find out in this part of the woods.

       I stumbled across a nice '54 3100 Deluxe 235, three speed, that I had to have while my search for the Bigbolt continued. Found a '72 Chevy C-40 with a flatbed dump, too handy to not buy this one. Spent a few days in the dog house until I started hauling topsoil, stone and mulch home.

       After four years of looking at a lot of rusty New England '54 Bigbolts I found my latest truck online in a Kansas newspaper. A 1954 Chevy 4400 flatbed/dump, 236 4-speed. I had it hauled home and spent a couple more days in the dog house. It's about as close as I'm going to find to my Grandfather's truck, unless anyone knows where they is a black 1954 Chevy 6500 flatbed for sale? That dog house ain't that uncomfortable.

Jim Dubay
Plymouth, CT

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