The Mongo's Garage Tow/Recovery Rig
(This is baaaad! Steve sent us this update the end of August as he was getting ready for the big show in Kansas City. Sorry it's late, but we wanted to be sure to include it. ~~ Editor)
We've been getting a lot done for the All Truck Nationals show. Last weekend, I took off Friday and my buddie and I gave my 2-ton a two day $100 paint job. We shot it with Massey Ferguson Red. (My Uncle owned a MF dealership when I was a kid so lots of stuff around our place had that paint.) It's far from perfect but alot better than it was and not rusting anymore. I'm calling it "Preservation paint" -- just there 'til I have the time do it right. (Some of the rusty spots were not looking too good and I won't be taking the time to do any of the body work it really needs done anytime soon.)
When we started, the plan was to just scuff up the existing paint, do some body work that had to be done, and shoot it. Once we got started, the old paint (could have been house paint brushed on) started coming off in big chunks and soon we were taking several sections down to bare metal.
Also while stripping the paint off the doors, we found lettering from a previous owner. [ Good picture here and LOTS more here!
We'll be using the truck as a stage at the truck show. Next big doings is to head out to Springfield, MO tonite for the Swap Meet Friday and Saturday. Then on to Joplin, MO for the HAMB drags.
We pulled the "finished" photo off the Genuine Chevy GMC Truck Club of Kansas City website (with all the other photos from the show - 42 pages of them). The 2-ton made an excellent stage and looked coolamundo!
Never too many Stovebolts :a 1953 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton :: The Mongo's Garage Tow/Recovery Rig ~ a 1953 Chevy 6400 2-Ton :: a 1955 First Series COE 5100 :: a 1954 GMC 2-Ton former Mayflower Van Lines truck. I'm sure we'll see more and more as time goes by! ~ Editor
15 May 2006
Been looking for a Big Bolt for some time, and all of them so far had been too far away for me to consider getting them. So I was excited to find this one about a mile from our farm. It's a 1953 6400 with a 4 speed tranny, 2 speed rear, steel 14 x 8 foot flatbed that dumps. Just what I was looking for. Here's a picture with the dump bed up!
It ran good and when I went to pick it up, he told me the brakes were a "little weak" (that means three pumps to get a little brake). Anyway, I decided to drive it straight through town, to the gas station, then on out the other side to our farm. My Father-in-law followed close behind in his '54 with the hazards blinking. It took me a while to get the hang of the 2-speed rear end but we chugged right on out to the farm just fine.
Since then I've done some work on the brakes but haven't got them sorted out yet. I'm gettting ready to rebuild the hydrovac and that should help. Then I think I'm going to go ahead and replace all the lines.
Can't wait to get her in shape for cruise nites, car show's, parades and hauling my other projects.