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1951 Chevrolet 5700 2-Ton

Owned by

Derek Greving
Morton, IL (just outside Peoria)


22 October 2007
# 2099

From Derek :

           This is our 1951 Chevrolet 5700 2-Ton - Serial Number 1001 !! We found "TowMater" (as my wife likes to call him) in Horse Cave, Kentucky. The second owner had purchased him from a local car dealership when it was about three years old. (The owner of the dealership in Horse Cave was the first owner of the truck.)

           This truck had been sittin' for about the last 10 years and is the poster child for "barn find!" With a little effort, he not only started and moved, but also managed to get on the under-sized trailer (after removing the rear outside wheels / tires, ruining a set of steel ramps, and nearly destroying two trailer side lights).

           We then hauled him to his new home 400 miles north to central Illinois. So, we are the proud third owners of this truck.

           He's pretty original and complete, except for the seat ... everything else is at least there. He does need his fair share of body work and lost his original engine early in life, after rolling into a pond on the farm (switched out to a later model GMC 270).

           Thus far, I've removed all exterior lights / handles / emblems, completely disassembled the gauges, dash, and interior door items, and removed the front grille. (View from the front) The plan is to take him completely down and bring him back with modern day power train (hoping for Cat diesel and Allison automatic). Eventually we would like to put a rollback kit on him to haul my 1965 Olds Cutlass 2-door coupe, and add a Class IV hitch to pull my 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee!

           The secret to staying young is to have a purpose in life!