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  Owned by Duane Hester
Jackson, Tennessee
12 June 2008
# 2348

From Duane :

           Hello Stovebolt! Here is my 1959 Chevrolet 1/2-ton Panel truck. I bought this off eBay on April 11, 2006 from a fellow in West Fork Arkansas. It cost more in gas to haul it ($280) than I paid for it ($230). The eBayer was selling this for his Uncle, if I remember correctly. He had a 1965 Suburban for sale also.

           It's a real pile but it is restorable. It's not a total loss.

           The photo is the one used in the eBay ad. Looks pretty much the same now less the tree. Here's a view from the passenger's side.

           I don't know much about the history of this truck. It didn't have an engine in it when I got it. The transmission fell out while we were loading it. We had to cut all the brake drums to free up the wheels, as they were rusted solid.

           The truck was missing the passenger door and front bumper. I purchased those from a local salvage yard. It looked really sad missing the door. It looks better now.

           I've also added a set of Chevy 4 X 4 rally's to replace the rusty stockers.

           I'm debating changing the front sheet metal to a 1955 - 1956 model. I can't decide as I like the 1958 - 1959 style as well.

           I hope to hot rod it someday -- V-8 with an overdrive tranny, A- frame suspension with airbags, a nice leather interior. Give it the works.

           It has to sit on the back burner for now as I have a 1966 Impala in the shop now under reconstruction. I'm saving this one for my retirement. I've stored it in my shop for now and hope to give it the full treatment someday.

Duane Hester


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