09 September 2013
# 3024

 
Owned by
Steve Maveal
"rooney3100"
Bolter # 24421
Alpena, Michigan
 

 

1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

 

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From Steve :

This is my 1956 Chevrolet Task Force 3100 Pickup truck. It has undergone a 10-year complete frame-off restoration (2002-2012).

I found my truck on one of those old car sights way back in 2001. It was near Portland, Oregon. My wife's Great Uncle, who lived just a few miles from the truck, went an checked it out for me and did a VHS video of it with the owner.

The son of the previous owner went thru high school with this truck back in the early 70's. I believe I'm the fourth owner.

I moved the truck back to Michigan after we bought it (still 2001). I drove it for about two weeks, then decided to do a frame-off restoration. I had a local restorer of vintage cars take on the task of doing the body work on my truck since he produces show quality cars. He is older and slow but very good at body work and painting, He was very picky and so was I.

I assembled everything on the truck and put as many new old stock (NOS) parts I could find to keep this a numbers-matching truck, (date code glass, original paint colors, etc.). The original numbers motor was blue from the factory. I was told they were grey, but this one was blue. It may get changed down the road.

This was a very original truck when I purchased it. I tried to cover every detail from the front to the back. I hope the pictures in the Photobucket link show that. I like to keeps things as original from new.

Back in the early 1980's, out in Arizona, I had a nice green 4-speed driver quality 1957 GMC 100 shortbox truck. I had it painted and the engine and interior gone thru. That sure was a fun truck to drive. I wished I never sold it. So 20 years later, I found this green 4-speed 1956 Chevrolet.

After lots of money and hours into this restoration, I'm not sure if I'm going to drive it or take it to "Points" shows. I'm building a new log garage at this time to give it a good home for now.

I grew up across from a salvage yard when I was in my early teens and enjoyed running thru the piles of old cars. The further I went to the bottom, the older the cars got. So when I got older and had to look for work, my wife and I moved to Arizona (1980). WOW there were a lot of old cars out there!

I bought numerous cars and trucks for the four years I was out there. When we moved back to Michigan in 1984, I lost interest in the classic cars. Then one day, we decided to go to a big show in St. Ignace, Michigan. We visited the Chevrolet Museum while we were there and saw this really nice 1957 Chevrolet Pickup.

I said to my wife, "Remember our 1957 GMC?" She said, "Sure do!" (She drove it all over as well.) So I went looking for about a year and found this 1956 Chevrolet, the same color as the GMC and with the 4-Speed. Ten years later and thousands of dollars, we have our truck back -- only this time it's not FOR SALE. Sometimes, I wish I would have just left it original just to drive it around like my 1957 GMC out in Arizona.

I built a new log garage for the truck! (See the images on Photobucket.)

As I get ever closer to retirement, I might someday just say to my wife, "Let's go for a ride and get an ice cream."

Steve

Steve has over 300 images of this old truck going through its restoration process. See it from start to finish, with some great details. Truly a photo-documentary. Gotta see it in "slide show" .. it'll give you chill-bumps! Thanks Steve for taking the time to do all that work to share. ~ Editor

 

 

 

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