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Owned by Hank Ragsdale
"Hanks 54 Chevy"
Bolter # 23161
Colorado Springs, CO

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01 May 2010
# 2782

More truck pictures of my old truck

From Hank :

I have a 1954 Chevy half-ton that was my Father in-law's shop truck. I rebuilt the 235 motor about eight years ago. I finally finished enough other projects that the preservation project came to the top of the list.

This is not a project to restore or show the truck. This is an old driver that needed preservation.

I started in the spring and stopped (you never complete) in September. The project included rebuilding the truck bed, repainting the inside, new seat upholstery, headliner, finished conversion to 12 volt electric system, rebuilt the doors with new windows, hardware, new seals and window channels. The exterior was repainted and I added the chrome front bumper and the rear bumper with hitch. Did lots of rewiring for directional and backup lights.

The old truck looks and runs good, but she is a beast to steer -- needs power steering. That may be done later. The 4 on the floor is original. I may get an automatic some day.

For now, she is an Old Driver that catches the eye and always gets a story of someone that had or drove one of these in the 50's.

In March 2011, Hank added a 1958 Chevy 1/2-ton Stepside to the Gallery. ~ Editor

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