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"Old Ugly Fred"

Owned by Samuel Means
Bolter # 13140
Austin, Texas

24 December 2008
# 2493

From Sam :

Here are photos of my 1960 6 cylinder, standard Chevy Stepside. I purchased this truck in November 2006. When I had it carried home on a flatbed wrecker, my wife's response was "Have you lost your mind? This is the dumbest thing you have ever done!" She named the truck "Old Ugly Fred."

The engine had been rebuilt, as verified by talking it to the machine shop owner. But the truck owner had never attempted to start the engine because items such as throttle linkage had been lost during the down time.

After replacing the fuel pump and carburetor, I first started the engine in January 2007. During the remainder of 2007, and the early part of 2008, I decided my wife's initial assessment may have been correct.

After rebuilding the doors, brakes, and exhaust, I drove it on the street for the first time in August 2007.

After much more work, including rebuilding the transmission and differential, I took it across the border into Acuna, Mexico this past October to have all necessary body work done. The shop also stripped and painted it with the original color, and finished with clear coat.

Some pictures: before ~ rear shot ~ my son and my truck just back from the body shop

The truck made the 500 mile round trip with no major difficulties.



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