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Owned by Doug Harshbarger
Bolter # 22754
Mason, Michigan

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01 December 2009
# 2708

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From Doug :

This is my 1956 Chevy 6100 dump truck. This started its life as a work horse for my Grandfather's construction company. As you can see, it still has the original decal on the door (HC was my Great Grandpa and Grandpa was the "Son").

During the early 1980's, Grandpa went out of business and sold this Task Force Chevy at auction on October 2, 1982. My Mom has the auction flyer hanging on her living room wall from when it was sold.

So, some farmer bought it and used it for his daily activities around the farm until I guess he decided he no longer needed it.

My Aunt saw it sitting on the side of the road for sale with the decal still on the door and decided to buy it back into the family for my Grandmother for Mother's day. I believe she paid about $500.

As you can see from the pictures, it is not in terrible shape -- although the dump bed is held on by chains! As far as I can tell, everything is original, but then again I don't know anything about these Big Bolts.

My Uncle has told me stories of pulling a backhoe with a full load of sand and trying to get it to stop. Sound like fun times. I can't imagine how they used to do it.

Now it sits proudly displayed next to one of my Grandma's barns. I have expressed to her my interest in the truck and possibly one day restoring it to its former glory, with new decals and all. I have big plans for that old truck but right now, I don't have the space or the time to tackle such a big project. It would make a great truck to pull the 1958 John Deere 420 that I will also bring back to life.


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