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AD Chevy Trucks

Chevy trucks

Over 6,000 pictures
Brad Allen has an awesome collection of Chevrolet factory pictures that he has set up from film strips.

This one is on AD Chevy trucks (1947-1955).

Lots of work on Brad's part ... pure enjoyment for you.

 
04 November 2004
 
  Owned by
Charlie Hardin
"Cletis"
Bolter # 1113
Parker County, Texas

 

1953 Chevy 6100

"Yard Dog"

 

More pictures of my old truck

 

 

From Cletis :

I think my Yard Dog has earned a place in the Gallery. I know she's not as pretty as most of the others but she makes up for it with all the work she does.

The story starts about 100 miles south of here. My wife June and I were on a motorcycle ride one day and stopped at a junk ... er, I mean antique shop. We bought something we couldn't haul on the bike so we had to go back with the truck. We took a back country route on the way home and I spotted the Yard Dog. I told June I could use a truck like that. She said to go back and see if it was for sale.

There were several old cars and trucks around the place but this one was sitting up front. I told her he probably uses it. She said, "You'll never know 'til you ask." So we went back.

Sure enough it was for sale. In fact he tried to sell me everything there including his barn and a welder. It was the classic "It ran when I parked it ... the only problem is it was stuck in two gears ...so, it was "running a 'couple of months ago'... it'll fire right up .. etc." deal. I bargained with him a while, talked him down $500 and got him to throw in a spare transmission plus a 1948 2-ton for $800.

She's a 1953 model 6100 with older doors. She has a 235 and of course a 4-speed w/PTO for the winch. I popped the cover off the tranny and unlocked the gears with a lug wrench to get her on the trailer. I got her home, put the tranny back together, looked her over really good, put in fresh gasoline and fired her up. She's been working ever since.

The wiring was shot so I disconnected all except a hot wire to a toggle switch for ignition. When the battery goes down, I put the charger on it. The hydraulic brakes don't work -- I use the hand brake. I've used her for everything from pulling engines to pulling old fence posts to pulling down dead trees. When I need a part off one of my parts trucks, I use the Yard Dog to pull the parts truck within reach of my air tools.

That's my story. If anyone has questions, send a Private Message to me via the forum (click on my Bolter number to get there).

Cletis

 

Cletis has his 1953 Chevy 6100 "Yard Dog" that entered the Gallery in November 2004. What are you talking about "not as nice as some others?" Our favorite trucks are the workin' kind ... this truck is beautiful ... earns her keep!

In August 2007, Cletis added his 1956 Chevy 1/2-Ton Stepside to the Gallery -- as we all prepared for the great Kansas City 3rd Annual Stovebolt Reunion (and Cletis gets some a/c in the '56 for the trip!). Cletis did a great Feature story on that big event -- the Reunion, not the air conditioner.

In April 2014, Cletis added his 1954 GMC Suburban to the Gallery, with some neat video! We got to see her in person when Cletis and June drove her to the Kansas City Reunion in 2012.

Cletis has an entire site of his own: TRUCKS -- "This web site came about from my love of old trucks. I have a bunch of old Chevy and GMC trucks but I like all old trucks, old cars, old machines, etc. It started as a place to store pictures I wanted to share with my friends at The Stovebolt Page." That is pretty cool (some good stuff, too).

Cletis has done several tech tips for the site:

In 2007, Cletis came aboard to help moderate the General Truck forum, doing a great job we might add! ~ Editor

 

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