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Owned by Dale Radford
Bolter # 20048
Myrtle Creek, Oregon
21 March 2009
# 2568

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From Dale :

Hello all. I am part of the "Stovebolt" sub genus of 305 V6 officionados and hangout at 6066GMC, too.

In the past, I owned a 1961 K1000 Fenderside (there are nomenclature differences between the Bowtie rigs and the GMC rigs). I bought that truck out of a sheep field for $200. This was the first time I'd lived that song "Classified" by CW McCall. I was in my early 20's.

That truck was a 4X beast crater crawler. It had a drivers side rocker dent that was real deep and I never felt (at the time) I could repair it.

During the summer of 1982, it was blisterin' hot and on a whim, I traded this truck for a 1969 Honda CL350. Even after the first day, I kinda regretted doing this.

I went into the Navy in 1986 and stayed there for 20 years and my regret of trading off my first K1000 "Fenderside" deepened over the years.

I owned a 1965 K10 w/327 for several years. That was a great truck but was dying of cancer. It was traded off in 2000.

On the February 09 weekend, I saw a post on Craigslist for another 1961 K1000 "wideside" (by the way 1961 is my birth year) and I obeyed my impulse and I picked up this truck on Presidents Day. The whole day, that song "Classified" was running through my head.

I am going to restore my K1000 completely stock. This truck is original from the oilbath aircleaner sitting on a one barrel Holley 1904 to the original 15" rims. Thanks to resources found on Stovebolt, I've found the remaining original hubcap It was purchased without.

I look forward to sharing pictures and stories with you guys as my wife Patty and I start restoration of this frog eyed beauty.


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