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Owned by John Hunkiar
"Jake Kiar"
Bolter # 16574
Tallahassee, Florida
04 May 2009 Update
# 2435

From John :

Here is an update for my '54 Chevy. I've completed the paint job and several exterior improvements (roll pan, cowl vent rebuild, etc.). Here is a nice view of the rear of the truck.

Note this Line X Running Board photo.  I sandblased to bare metal and had it coated.  They turned out great and are super rugged for use.

Currently working on door seals, windlace, flooring and other interior upgrades.

26 September 2008
# 2435

From John :

        I'm a relatively new guy to this. This is my work in progress -- a 1954 Chevy 3100 Advance Design truck. It has the original 235 Stovebolt engine, with 3 speed floor shift, and 12 volt. I've done numerous upgrades and am at about the 65% stage.

        I bought this truck in Wascissa, Florida and from all the information I have, it came from North Carolina. A friend of mine, who is an Army Colonel, found it for me. The Col. has a beautiful 1954 Chevy truck himself and is my mentor on this project.

        I grew up in south Florida and my Father always had classic antique cars and trucks.  After he passed away last year, I was looking at some old photographs and got the urge to get a project to work on with my 10 year old son.

        The truck is now drivable.  [ Driver side view ] It has almost no rust and from underneath, you can see what looks like 40+ year old undercoating. When I bought it, the bed was filled with boxes of new and old parts. It looks like the previous owner had big plans that never got started. 

        Currently, we are rebuilding the vent windows (with help from the Stovebolt tutorial - thanks!) and fine tuning the body work for paint. We are also sandblasting and lineX-ing the running boards and bed [ pix ] . It has a corrugated metal bottom from a 1970's Chevy truck in it. It looks great and will be durable to use the truck without worry of dings in the bed or boards.

        Overall the project is great fun and not fun at times. Some parts have not fitted. Or we discover a new problem when replacing something that starts out as "simple." My son Jake and I talk about our plans often and check your site to compare and get new ideas.

        The following are a few of the things I have done to it in the last 10 months.

  • New fuel tank under the bed
  • New radiator
  • Electric fuel pump
  • New king pins and donor front axle
  • New Dolphin gauges
  • Floor shifter
  • New headlights / rings
  • New tires and Spinner Rally caps
  • New gaskets - here and there
  • New water pump
  • New coil
  • New brakes
  • New front shocks
  • New filler panel for front bumper
  • New wiring harness

        The plan is to have a weekend driver / work truck at near show quality.  It is going to be flat or sheen burnt orange in color with a 2" drop in the front. The back will have a roll pan in lieu of a bumper with a custom receiver hitch for a small trailer. It will stay old school straight axle in the front with minimal upgrades to include a great sound system and maybe Vintage Air. 

        My only other real hope is to come home and find that I have been Overhauled (wishful thinking!). When you see that show, it seems impossible they can accomplish so much in a short amount of time.

        This is a great web site. It has been an awesome resource.

Many thanks,



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