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Owned by Jeff Rains
"Pappa J"
Bolter # 20031
Security, CO

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

22 March 2010
# 2770

More pictures of my old truck

From Jeff :

Let me tell you about my truck: "DA BEAST." I got this old Advance Design Chevy Big Bolt for a Mothers' Day present for / from my wife. When I first saw it for sale, I thought that they would probably want a bundle for it. So I let it go for about a year or two.

One day I saw the owner out front, so I stopped to ask how much? When he started, "Well you know" ... I thought way too much. Then he went on to describe what he has done with the truck. New upholstery, new tires, put a god awful bed from a '97 GMC dually on it (with a large gap between the cab and bed). Then to my surprise he tells me "Give me $800 and it's yours."

I jumped on it like a trampoline and I've been enjoying it ever since.

I put a different flat bed on it as soon as I could. Then I traded a 261 rebuild kit for the Fulton Sun visor. I also installed enough lights in the back to let everyone know what I was planning on doing. A-1 Street Rods was able to supply me some brackets to go with the "one wire" alternator that I bought from Auto Zone. Bowtie Bits is where I obtained the wiring. LMC sent me the new electric wiper motor. The "Blue Dots", headlight switch, and traffic light viewer, all came from Jim Carters.

I purchased the rebuild kit locally from Burt's Machine Shop, and the piston and wiper blades that I needed came from Tim Tygart's Obsolete Chevy Parts in Nashville, GA.

I had the radiator re-cored at Manley's radiator shop -- "A good place to take a leak". I was also hoping to find a way to install hub caps on the front, but so far no luck yet.

I mainly use "DA Beast" to haul a$$ (mine that is) around town for coffee with the guys on Sunday mornings, or the cruise nights on Saturdays, and sometimes just to enjoy with the grandkids (8 & 10).


Very nice short wheel base 2-ton. Another fine addition to the Gallery. Touch of class with a body builder stance. ~ J. Lucas, Stovebolt Curator


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