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Owned by Dave Garcia
"panel boy"
Bolter # 11154
Monterey Bay, CA

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

12 January 2010
# 2738

More truck pictures of my old truck

From Dave :

I'm a California native -- the central coast, Monterey Bay north side, and east of Santa Cruz. It's very rural here and I'm loving it.

A few years ago, while visiting a friend, lightning hit the big redwood tree in his neighbor's yard and dropped 100 feet of tree into his yard. It broke the corner of his house, glanced off of another friend's pick-up truck and slammed my 1974 Chevy van. Insurance claims for the van where rejected -- "act of God."

About two months later, at a local lumber yard , a fellow woodworker was teasing me, "What'd you hit?" I told my story and wondered out loud, not for the first time, "I gotta find another van."

That's when Jim says that he's got a '53 Chevy Panel in his garage and I should come have a look. It's been sitting for 12 years, stripped down and painted (badly painted) and Jim has lost interest in it. He says that I can have it for $2500.

The old panel truck runs but it needs to be re-assembled. Although it appears that all the parts are there, well most of you know what I found out, if it is apart, it's not all there. Good thing for swap meets, eBay, word of mouth and The Stovebolt Page.

I have enjoyed even the frustrating bits and would probably do it again. Not that I'm finished yet, but is there such a thing as being finished?


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