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Owned by Steve Owen
"Nifty 50"
Bolter # 4098
Portland, Oregon
12 May 2008
# 2320

From Steve :

           I have yet to submit to the Gallery, but it is time! We own a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Deluxe Cab pickup truck.

           In 1977 at age 16, a buddy came by my house trying to sell me the truck which was (at that time) primer black and engineless. He knew I had a wrecked 1953 Suburban with a good 235 in it.

           We struck a deal: $150.00 plus my then girlfriend's sewing machine. (She still claims an ownership interest in the truck. )

           I put the engine in it and put a cheap paint job on it. I drove it for years as my primary transportation, fixing it as needed. Of course, most of those years, the charging system wasn't the best and the deciding factor for renting a place was whether there was a hill to compression start it.

           This older picture is my truck and I back in maybe 1979, and I still insist the haircut was a "shag" not a "mullet".

           In 1988 I was moving from Washington to Oregon and decided I would rebuild the motor before the move. When I tore it down, the engine was in much worse shape than I thought. I ended up leaving the truck disassembled at my Mom's house when I moved. But I could not let it sit for too long.

           My little Brother towed it to Oregon in 1992. I found an early, somewhat tired 261 to put in it. I used it as the "go to the dump / building supply truck" for years.

           In July of 2003 my wife and I were out of town and it was parked in front of the house on the street. We came back to find that a hit and run driver had taken out the front left fender and the running board. After a prolonged period of grieving, I decided it was a blessing in disguise.

           In to the garage it went and down to the frame it went. Every piece of the truck was disassembled, cleaned, painted, rebuilt or replaced. We did all the work ourselves -- other than the engine rebuild. Most all the parts are original or NOS. It took about three and one half years and about $15,000 to finish it.

           The truck has had some minor upgrades. I say we took '50's technology and updated it to '60's technology.

           It has a 1962 261, 4 speed, open driveline with a 1960 3.90 rearend for the running gear. It also has Bendix brakes at all four corners connected by SS lines. She's running 12v and alternator. She's been painted Mariner Blue exterior with stock interior color.

           We have more pictures on our Webshots account.

           Our truck is a joy to drive and feels like an old friend that I have known and loved for over 30 years.

Steve Owen


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