Allan Magee's

1953 Chevy 3100 5-Window

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19 March 2007
# 1898

From Allan :

           Hello fellow Bolters! I have had an interest in Advance Design trucks ever since I was a kid when my Dad started collecting and rebuilding them back in the early '60s. I don't remember what year his first truck was but the one he drove the most was a 1954 Chevy 3100.

           I actually have three trucks now and will post the other two later. My most recent (third) truck is a 1953 Chevy 3100 5-window that I just purchased in Oregon. I happened to run across a for sale ad when I was searching for parts. I noticed the seller mentioned his truck was in Oregon. I sent an email and found out it was only about 3.5 hours drive from me. So I requested a picture.

           When the owner sent me photos, my jaw hit the floor. This truck is complete with the exception of the metal bed strips and wood. It is an IWRWIPI truck but I don't think it will take much to get it going. It is in great shape for it's age. The sheet metal is straight except for one front fender and only one rust through spot in a cab corner. It is all original except for the 235 that someone upgraded in the past. It is still 6-volt and has the original radio and a working optional compass!

           The previous owner had it for about 18 years but I don't have any other history for it. I was very fortunate to find this complete truck in the condition it is in. The PO was somewhat reluctant to give it up and I don't blame him. He said since he has neglected it for several years, it was time for someone to get it going again. He just didn't want someone to chop or rod it, which I don't plan to do.

           My wife actually encouraged me to get it for myself because the other two trucks will be going to my two boys. And now my college-age daughter is wondering where her's is, too. I think I'm in trouble. (After my daughter finishes graduate school (physician assistant), she will be making more than me so she might be able to buy her own complete truck!) I am very blessed to have a wife who is supportive of my old iron disease (I also have a '51 Ferguson TO-30 tractor).

         I will definitely be picking the brains of the experts in the forums. Thank you for the great web site!

Allan Magee
Bolter # 8757
Kuna, Idaho

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