Jim Lowery's

1952 Chevy 1/2-Ton Deluxe Cab

"Old Red"

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22 August 2005

From Jim:


       Travis (my son) and I found this 1952 Chevy 1/2-ton, deluxe cab and restored "Old Red" to be his daily driver for high school in December 2000. My son was 14 when we started.

       We got it from an old timer who bought it from a farm auction - a near rust-free west Texas truck. It had a Earl Scheib (actually worse) paint job over the original blue paint. We took it all down to the bright shiny sheet metal.

       Mechanically, it was running pretty well. It needed a clutch, some fresh gaskets and some TLC.

       To date, we've not had the head off of it. It has 110 lbs compression on all 6.

       It has stayed as bone stock as is sensibly possible, still 6-volt. We've only added lap belts, a right-hand tail light, and a inside rear view mirror - was mirror delete!

       The picture on the trailer is the day it came home. My wife thought I was nuts. She still thinks I'm nuts, but proud of "Old Red."

       Travis is in college (Univivery of North Texas in Denton) now but Old Red stayed at home and is the Grandpa of the fleet - and the neighborhood.

       Thanks Stovebolt!

Jim Lowery
Abilene, Texas

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