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Owned by Alex Howard
Bolter # 18879
Vicksburg, Mississippi

19 September 2008
# 2431

From Alex :

       Over two years ago, I moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi and saw this truck just sitting in someone's backyard.  I asked around to see if it was for sale. Believe it or not, no one had ever asked!  The truck had been sitting for about three years and was “running when I parked it.” It was under a shed, and had been in the family for about 20 years. 

       My Dad always drove an old Chevy truck, so I have always had a soft spot for them. In south MS, old trucks are very desirable. This 1962 is particularly cool since I have only seen one other one on the road. I always get a comment when I take it in town for a drive.

       The previous work included a decent paint job at one time, putting the shifter on the floor, and little accessories. The engine was the stock 235 and was rebuilt sometime ago. The original oil bath air cleaner and can oil filter was still in use. There was a new set of tires on the truck, less the years sitting.

       Overall, the decision to buy it was easy!

       I replaced the entire brake and fuel systems since the gas and brake fluid had rotted. I mean gas tank, fuel pump, carburetor, fuel lines, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, slave cylinder … everything! Once I did that, I replaced the plugs and distributor cap, points, and tried to crank it.

       Amazingly, it cranked pretty fast! With some tinkering and some adjustments by some “old timers,” it is running like a top!

       I put a late model bench seat and seat belts in the cab and use it as a weekend warrior!

       Here is a picture when I first found it and towed it home.

       This is the engine right after I got it running.  If you have any tips on how to install a spin-on filter, I would appreciate it!

       The picture at the top is “Eddie” after I gave it a test drive and a bath!

       Not bad for a backyard find!  The body is in real good shape. The paint is ok and the tires are semi-new! That was two years ago and I have pretty much just driven the truck since!

       I hope to email EZ Truck and see how he did his pair of '62s. I have a lot of questions!


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