1957 Chevy 3800
From Dwayne :
Here is my 1957 Chevy 3800 which I found in 2002 when I moved to Virginia from South Florida. The old truck was owned by my neighbor for use on his small farm. He bought the truck in the early 70's from the original owner who used it on his own farm. I saw him use the truck sparingly and asked him if he was interested in selling. He was not but commented that from time to time others had stopped by and asked the same because he left it parked out in a field for everyone to see as they rode by.
Soon after the tractor was completed, he asked me to come over and visit. When I arrived, he surprised me and asked me to make an offer for the truck. He said that he liked the work I did restoring the tractor and he wondered that if I had the truck, would I restore it to new condition? I told him that was the plan from day one, way back all those years he wouldn't sell.
So I made him an offer which I felt he thought was low as he claimed he had an offer for $1100. After I told him to sell it to the other guy, he said he didn't think the other bidder had the money or the ability to restore it. In his mind, it was an "antique" and was surely worth more than my offer. I told him that it might be worth more to someone else, but I had researched for years on costs to restore this truck and just wouldn't pay any more for it.
Well that's how I came to own this truck, as he agreed to sell it to me.
I've not yet started restoration of the truck because between the time I restored the tractor and getting the truck, I needed a project and picked up a 1963 Aristocrat Travel Trailer which is in a frame off restoration. (The pictures of the Aristrocrat Travel Trailer are on Dwayne's Flickr account. ~ Editor) I can't wait to get that finished because I wanted that truck for so long. Besides, I enjoy wrenching more than wood work.
Wow some cool work on the tractor and the trailer! I'm sure it'll be great to follow along when you start on the truck. You already have some cool pictures of the '57 on there. Look forward to hearing when you start. ~ Editor