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"The Time Machine"

Owned by Ron Kaye
Bolter # 20485
Santa Ynez Valley, California

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

02 May 2009
# 2598

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From Ron :

I'm new to the "Bolt" and I like it already!

Here's some history on my 1958 Chevy Task Force Series half-ton truck. I had been looking for an old Chevy for a daily driver -- to use around the ranch and all. I was not locked into a year. After I saw this truck on Craigslist San Diego last year, I could not get it out of my head. When I saw this Apache, I just knew it was for me.

My Brother-in-Law lives in San Diego so I asked him to go see and drive it. He did and reported back that is was pretty nice "But not a show truck." I said perfect because I want to enjoy the lack of perfection! Other than that he said it drives great and the owner was a good guy and did alot of work on it.

The owner did a home restoration on it. He had gotten the truck in Texas where he found it sitting in a barn. The truck is originally from Tioga,Texas. The original owner swapped out the stock 283 for the 235. He died in 1980 and the truck sat in the barn until 2003 when it was moved to San Diego (I'm the third owner).

Some of the work done: engine rebuilt,Tahoe 4x4 rear end (3.73 truck gears),Tranny BW T5 from a V-8 Camaro, rewired, electric wipers,12 Volt conversion, Clifford headers, Rochester Quadrajet (using 2 primaries), Petronix ignition, rebuilt V-8 radiator (3 rows) w/Aux. Fan. Lots more.

I contacted the owner (he emailed me a list of all the work done with receipts later) and he made the following proposal. He would drive the truck (270 miles -- what a road test) to me in Santa Ynez. If I didn't buy it, I'd pay him for his time. If I do like it, I would pay him his asking price.

Well, he did and I did. I gave him a personal check and he just need to hold the pink slip until the check cleared the bank. I told him I trusted him and was not worried.

After he arrived that Sunday, I drove him to the Santa Barbara airport (in my 2005 F-150!) and he flew back to San Diego. Five days later I got the pink in the mail and the adventure began!

It's been a year and the truck gets more attention then a $ 200,000. Ferrari! I continue to be amazed at how easy it easy to find and replace parts and how much fun it is too drive.

Soon new tinted front windshield and new pipes / mufflers installed.

Ron Kaye

In March 2010, Ron added his 1961 Apache 10 Flatbed to the Stovebolt Gallery! ~ Editor


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