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1953 Chevrolet 2-Ton
John & Peggy Milliman
28 January 2008
From Stovebolt Galactic HQ :
Well, what can we say? At least it isn't in the crusher. For the whole sordid tale of how and why it came to be in our dooryard (Um, that's front yard for those of you from South of New Hampshire), the the whole epic adventure of Operation BFW in the Features Section. But at least it upholds the pattern -- All red AD trucks come to the Millimans to die. It seems like the only trucks we have, except for the F-350 that we don't talk about, are red, were red, or are going to be red....
History? It's a junk yard save -- it's history died when its title went to the land fill. At least its data plate is still there and from it, we've gleaned that it is a 1953 2-ton and that it was made in Baltimore, MD.
It appears to be a fairly straight, original-configuration, truck that has been restored at some time in the past (doors and floor have patch panels, and you can tell it's been repainted red from its original Brewster Green -- the firewall always gives it away! Because it was a junkyard salvage, it's missing a few pieces here and there. But it retains it's original engine (we haven't gotten the numbers off it yet to see if it's a 216 or a 235 ... OR a 261 modified to look like a 216 ... wouldn't THAT be sweet??) The radiator area sheet metal is unmolested, so the chances of it being anything but a babbitted motor are fairly remote.
Why did we get it? Good question. Once again, a fairly simple parts mission got out of hand and I came home with the whole truck. I am blaming it on Grigg. And Mike. What we will end up doing with it is a good guess at this point. The motor is not stuck, so we may try to get it to run. If we can get it to run and putt around the farm, it may be a new ball game. Or we may sell it to someone who wants to do something with it.