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Owned by Dave Jackson
Bolter # 30806
Sun City West, AZ

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17 December 2011
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From Dave :

My background was in the tool and die industry (35 years), and I have had about 10 or so years in re-doing these old trucks.  I love doing it! 

I’ve been around old trucks my whole life.  I was raised on a farm and learned to drive in a 1948 Chevy truck at the age of 6.  When I got old enough to buy my own vehicle, it was a 1950 GMC pickup.  Years later, after getting married, I bought a 1949 Ford pickup and drove it for awhile. Then some years later, I bought a 1939 Chevy pickup and did a frame-off restoration on it.

About three years ago, I bought a 1956 Chevy pickup truck and drove from Michigan (our summer place) to San Antonio, Texas to pick it up.  

I recently sold two other trucks: a 1959 Chevy 1/2-ton Task Force and a 1951.  Now that we winter in Arizona, I bought this 1950 Chevy Suburban [insert two pics of ’50 burb] from a gal in California, and have started a frame off restoration on it.

I chose the ‘Burb because of its rarity and body lines. It will also allow my wife and I to take others along when we go to cruise-ins.

Since getting the truck home (from CA to AZ), I have inspected it closely. The engine runs, but the transmission won’t go into reverse.  Other than that, all is good!  

I noticed that the previous owner put several different parts together to make it as complete as possible. It is a real conglomeration of “old Burb” parts!! 

The engine and transmission mounts have been moved.  The seats and barn doors are also not original. These are just a few reasons to make me believe that what I got is not the original Burb that it started out as. That being said, I realize that this is part of the fun in putting an "old treasure" like this back on the road. Also the hunting for parts is a BIG part doing a resto. It keeps me feeling young.

So when in Michigan, I work on the 1956, which is a street rod.  When in Arizona, I work on the 1950 Burb.

I'm looking forward to all the help and info from the "BOLT gang." I especially enjoy the forum and gallery segments of the site. Hope to post more pics as time passes. 

Keep up the great work!!!  

Thanks for the help,

Old Burbs


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