1959 Chevy Short Fleetside
From Cliff :
I bought this 1959 Chevy Short Fleetside truck in 2000 from the original owner’s son who lived in Chico, California. My friend told me about the truck so I called the guy and asked the normal questions about the rust. Then I drove up there.
I pulled up to the house and the truck was sitting there all dirty and full of black widows. [ Interior before / after ] BUT it was the truck I was looking for! After five years of looking, I finally found it!!
I talked to the guy for a few minutes then looked the truck over, emptied the junk out of the bed. I paid him the money and loaded it on my flatbed. I drove home to Roseville, Ca where I was living at the time.
The next day, I got it running. I checked all the fluids and drove around the block and she ran good. Not bad for 15 years of sitting.
Then just drove it for a few years until I found all the parts I needed to restore it. When I had all the parts, I began the restoration. I took it all apart and had it media blasted to bare metal along with the frame.
After all the metal work was done, I took it to a friend of mine and he did the finale body and paint.
I took the truck home and began the exciting time of putting the truck back together with all the new parts. It took me about a month to do that but I loved every minute of it.
I love these old trucks and bringing them back better then new. The truck has new everything and is a dream to drive. This truck is the same blue short bed Fleet on my Stovebolt page.
I have since bought another one and will be restoring that truck as well. Every show I have gone to I have received first place for all original truck. If I do not sell it, it's ok. I would like to keep it because I built it to show customers the work I do at my shop.
Cliff has a real collection of trucks. Some in the Gallery, others "not yet!" Here is a group shot of his trucks and one that belongs to one of his best friends. This is another shot of some of his other trucks (different from the previous ones). This one is his 1959 Chevrolet Utility truck. Here is one of his 1958 GMC Fleetsides.