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Owned by Jeff Estes
"jeffs1936"
Bolter # 25845
Titusville, Florida

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06 December 2010
# 2840

More pictures of my old truck

From Jeff :

Well ... I hadn't "tinkered" since 1996 and I decided that it was time for a project. So last year I began looking for something to restore that was within my budget. I also wanted something as unique as possible. I found both in a Hemming's ad this summer.

This old truck is a 1936 1.5-ton, dual wheeled Chevy! It was about 98% all there, with faded original paint. The photos of it clinched the deal.

The truck was shipped from North Carolina to my home in Florida. When it was being removed from the flatbed, the driver said that he couldn't get the thing to roll. He had to grease his bed and winch the truck into position. I watched as he tried to lift the bed to get the old '36 to roll off. I noticed the rear wheels bucking a bit.

I told the guy that the truck was in gear, and hopped up on the running board to check. Sure enough, it was. One wiggle on the shifter took it into neutral and roaring off the flatbed! All I can say is: thank goodness for safety chains! If there had not been a chain still holding that truck to the flatbed, I would've rolled down a slope and into my neighbor's living room!

That was the only bump in the road in getting that truck home.

The truck was supposed to be from the midwest, but I haven't researched that yet. I've had it since July and have been slowly researching the truck and gathering books, manuals, etc. The Stovebolt site has been a great help as well!

I'm working with my Dad on this restoration, and we set small goals to complete each week. I met the goal of getting the old engine to start two weekends ago, and it seems to run well.

My next goal is to rebuild the carburetor, then on to the electrical items. I am looking for a tail light for the truck now.

Basically, we're taking it slow, and having fun.

Stovebolt has been a great source of info, and I'll be asking a lot more questions soon, I'm sure! We're not looking to make a spotless show truck out of this one -- just a really nice truck that can be driven around and enjoyed.

Stay tuned!

Jeff Estes

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