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Donna Oehm
"My Truck"
Bolter #565
Oketo, Kansas

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22 May 2010 Update

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From Donna:

I just sold my 1953 Chevrolet 3/4-ton to a gentleman from Glendale, Arizona who is thrilled to be able to restore it. We told him about and I'm certain he will become a Bolter. [ How can YOU NOT be a Bolter if you have a Bolt!! ~ Editor ]

The man FLEW from Arizona to Manhattan, Kansas and took a taxi from there to Marysville (1 hour & $110 later) to meet us at the courthouse. He got a 30-day tag so he could DRIVE it 1200 miles home.

The "new owner" is Rick Shipman, and in a couple days, when he returns home, he'll be looking the site up.

In the meantime, this old '53 is listed in the gallery as "My Truck" is no longer mine. I was so happy to find a buyer who wanted to restore it.

(Now, I'll just confiscate Ray Oehm Jr.'s 46) ... hahaha! See you this September in Kansas City at the Reunion!


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21 October 2005

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From Donna:

        This 1953 Chevy 3/4-ton was given to us by Mr. Ray Johnson, our former school teacher and dear family friend.

        Mr. Johnson's Father-in-law bought this truck new back in 1953. Mr. Johnson (Mr. J) would haul firewood in this old faithful truck from his farm in Wakefield to our farm in Oketo just to visit. We have a road by our house that we affectionately refer to as "Johnson Road" because one time Mr. J brought a load down after a rain, and instead of taking the all-weather roads, he took a muddy "short cut" and got stuck. We tried to tell him it wasn't equipped with four wheel drive.

        One time while visiting, way back when, Mr. J was talking of buying a new truck. I told him "When you do, I get first dibs on your '53." He was surprised that I would "want that old thing."

        From then on, whenever my husband Ray talked about the '53, it was "her truck." After hearing this for so long, Mr. J started to call it "her truck" too. He would call up and tell me how he used "your truck" today!

        Well, Mr. J decided to retire from farming at the age of 82. So he deeded the farm to his nephew, and told us, "You can take 'Your truck' home."

        Now it is at our farm. When we use it, we can be thankful we have a friend like Mr. J.

        And THEN on September 10, we took MY truck to Kansas City for the Midwest All Truck Nationals for the Stovebolt Reunion. We met some Stovebolters there and had a great time. KCMONGO did a excellent job.

        And THEN our truck won an award for Best Unfinished Stovebolt! As TooMany2count said, "If you go to shows to win, you go for the wrong reason. If you win something, well that's just extra."

        K.C. KCMongo designed and hand-made three trophies for our Bolters! It is an honor to have one of them. We showed the trophy to Mr. J. He still can't believe it. "That old thing won a trophy?"

        Thank you Mongo -- you made an elderly man very happy!

Donna Oehm

        Donna's got HER truck ... you might want to see Ray's 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton. Plus, they have a rather fascinating website. Real fun. ~~ Editor


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