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"Hot Wheels"

Owned by Waylon McGowin
Bolter # 17773
Milton, Florida (near Pensacola)

03 April 2008
# 2290

From Waylon :

           My truck is a 1957 Chevy 3200 that came to the family back in 2000 through my Brother-in-law. He bought it from a widow here in town for $1100.

           The truck was in pretty good condition, as you can see from the pictures. He took it with him to college in Tallahassee at Florida State U, with great intentions. He got it all a part and had everything sandblasted. He was going to start the restoration but decided to join the Air Force.

           My BIL moved to Wyoming for boot camp in 2002 and left the truck / puzzle [ interior pix ] at my Father-in-law's back in Tallahassee. I have been trying to get the truck from him since he bought it -- but the answer was always, "No."

           Then recently my wife surprised me and bought it from him to give to me for my birthday. He decided it would be better to have it restored than to just lay in ruins. We got it for $500. It took a 21 foot trailer and the bed of my truck to get it home.

           I put the motor together [ pix ] , got it running and drove it around the yard with my kids while sitting on a bucket -- our version of a "bucket seat." They have named it "Hot Wheels."

           We found a paper in the truck that says it was originally from Nevada. I think the motor has a stuck ring. So we bought a 1995 Chevy. Our plans are to use the chassis of the 1995 and put the body of the 57 onto it. It has a 350, five speed, four wheel anti-locks, cruise, a/c, power steering and brakes.

           This truck will by no means be original, but I think that is some of the fun of customizing. It will be a '57 / '95. I think it will be worth all the work when we get through.

Thank you,

Waylon and Kristy McGowin


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