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Owned by Jake Miller
Bolter # 20562
Hollister, California

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

18 May 2009
# 2599

More photos on my Flickr site.

From Jake :

I have a 1955 First Series 3800 Dually truck that my Dad and I have worked on together. The truck was sitting in a neighboring orchard for 38 years. It was in rough shape. It was sitting near a house and the kids that lived there decided to break out all of the windows of the truck. They also threw paint all of the inside of the truck.

When my Dad was about 18, he tried to buy this Advance Design Chevy truck but the owners wouldn't get rid of it. The truck was in great shape then. It was a ranch truck that used to hall flood irrigation pipe for the orchard.

My neighbor offered me a 1935 Chevy 1.5 ton that was in pretty bad shape. So my Dad and I were looking at it and he said, "Do you want to see an even cooler truck?" We went and looked at it and my Dad said that he would love to have it.

So I went to my neighbors and asked if they wanted to get rid of it. They said that I could have it. The owner of the orchard offered it to me for free. I couldn't resist. I ran home to tell my Dad to go get his truck before somebody else does. We pulled the truck about 1000 yards.Then I claimed half of him on the way there to get him.

Within a week, we had the truck started and running. It was rewarding to take a piece of machinery that had been dead and was brought back to life.

Since acquiring the truck we have put in all new glass, pumped up the breaks, which are still holding. I really haven't done much to the truck. I changed the oil in the tranny. Dad and I have been looking for some tires because the ones that he has are worn out. And my Dad has been sand blasting some of the interior trim pieces.

The tires still hold air after 38 years, and the truck runs clean and quietly.

I already have a 1955 Chevy 3200 and a 1962 Chevy c-60.


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