Steve Hooper's

1954 Chevy 3100 1/2-Ton

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10 May 2005

From Steve: 

      Here are some pictures of my 1954 Chevy 3100 235 with a 4-speed.

      I found it in a field in Mississippi -- four different tires, three of which were flat. It had a rotted bed, but no rust except for on the surface. It was about four different colors. Some of the local inhabitants included dirt daubers and red wasps (nasty little rascals when you're trying to replace a brake line). Oh yeah, and fire ants!

      It's a work in progress. The wheels are off an '85 K-5 Blazer -- 3 3/4" backspace, 6-lug tires, 245 - 60R - 15".

      I currently live in an apartment, so my work space is driving to my brother's or brother-in-law's house ... work a spell ... and drive back home. A little at a time. That's why I get annoyed when folks ask me about when I'm gonna paint it. Mechanicals first! Like the old saying "Chrome don't get you home."

      I've seen a lot of pretty machines sitting on the side of the road.. After all those years down south (running back and forth - Chicago, Rockford IL, Mississippi, Phoenix AZ), I did learn that there is no need to get in a hurry. They certainly didn't.

      There is a bullet hole in the windshield, that has been there for years with no sign of additional cracking (I'll send a pic). Same with the paint -- people ask when I'm gonna fix it. I like it just the way it is! Gives it some character.

      Thanks for your responses and I'll some more info later

Steve Hooper
Cherry Valley, IL
(Just across the street from Rockford)



      Steve had us make this up for a baseball cap ... smaaart!

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