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1951 Chevrolet Pickup Truck


Owned by


Paul Pierce
Bolter # 16459
Scottown, Ohio

19 November 2007
# 2134

From Paul :

          Here is the story of my 1951 Chevy pickup. I have always wanted one of the Advanced Design Chevy's since I was married to my first wife. Her Dad had a 1953 GMC 1/2-ton with a three speed on the column and the original 235 engine. His truck was in pretty good shape and it wouldn't have taken much at all to have a show quality ride. It never left the garage but was started regularly. I offered him a pretty good price for it. His reply was that he wasn't going to sell it but instead one day he was going to bring her back to her original glory.

          A few months later, I offered him a war price for the truck and still no sale. Well, I married his daughter and after a few years of struggling, we were down to one vehicle -- after selling one for rent and times weren't looking so great. I was walking to work and back, and she was driving back and forth to work in my car.

          In a drunken fit of philanthropy one night, my ex-Father-in-law decides it is time to help us out. So after too many Natural Lights and a few shots of Wild Turkey, he trades the real love of my life for a 1984 Pontiac Bonneville. This car was a real piece of work. Fred Sanford himself had worked on this machine. It was spray painted white … even the Landau top! Smoked like a 1937 steam engine and had a regular itinerary just to start the thing.

          I never will forget the look on my ex-wife’s face when he presented this little jewel to her. And he'll probably never forget the look on my face when I found out that he had traded the 1953 for it. I was heartbroken to say the least.

          Now, several years later and a new wife of ten years, we were once again in a struggle to make mortgage and bills. I have a good job, at a coal tipple in Huntington, West Virginia. With the coal business, it is either feast or famine and things were pretty slow. So to make ends meet, I went to work for a local contractor.

          Our first job was to build a 30 x 40 garage for my Dad. He had just purchased a turn-key 1929 Ford coupe with a 350 / 350 setup and a Mustang II front end subframe. After the garage was nearly complete, Dad pulled the ole '29 in the garage and the guy I was working with said "You guys have got me thinking I might want to buy me an old car to tinker with." I began telling him the story about the 1953 GMC and how I now wanted one of the old Stovebolts myself. Turns out that a guy he goes to church with has a 1951 Chevy sitting in his garage. He says I bet I could buy that truck for a song. I said "I am a pretty good singer"!!!!!

          Work finally picked back up and after a few months of double shifts, catching up the mortgage and putting new tires on everything in the barn, I managed to save the $1000 asking price for the truck.

          My truck now sits in my garage waiting to see what my talents are. The cab is pretty rough. There is going to be a lot of sheet metal work involved but if there wasn't, there wouldn't be near the anticipated pride in the old 'Bolt. I have few pictures of my project truck before it starts. (Front driver's side - front passenger side - interior) I have already located a couple sheet metal donors for the cab and have a lot of parts to start with. This winter will be the test of time as I am sure I will be spending a lot of time in the garage, instead of in the house with the wife and kids!!!!

          Thanks to all of you here on I have spent days reading your ideas and thoughts and there is a wealth of information here that I would never have been able to acquire by researching several different places. You'll probably be hearing a lot from me as time goes on. This is my FIRST restore project and I am sure to come up with a lot of stupid questions. So if in my haste I forget to say thanks, thanks ahead of time!!

Paul Pierce

          Great story Paul and welcome to the Bolt! Keep us updated on your progress! And as we say around here, "There's not such thing as a stupid question" -- so ask away! ~~ Gallery Gal


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