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Owned by Tom Redemer
Bolter # 11430
Visalia, California

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01 January 2010
# 2720

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From Tom :

This is our 1947 Chevy Grain truck, COE. Formerly from Kansas City, this old truck now resides with us in California.

We found this truck on Craigslist and picked it up in the the Fall of 2009. It is all original. The previous owner said it had less than 10,000 miles on it with the odometer reading 9,898. I wanted a truck for our ranch and this fit the ticket perfectly.

It started life as a grain truck in Kansas. The owner supposedly used it twice a year to haul his crops. It remained parked the rest of the time.

The truck was sold sometime in the late 1970’s to a car lot in Wyoming. It sat out on the lot during the day to draw attention to the business. Around 1984, it was put up for sale and purchased by a couple of partners in Northern California.

As the third owners, I believe they were the ones who gave the truck a new paint job, did the brakes, tires and a basic overall light restoration. They used the truck in the mid to late '80’s to sell motorcycles, sporting a classic ‘winged’ cowling. They had the truck trailered to Sturgis each year, with several motorcycles in the back, then drove around the event. The truck had a large metal framework mounted on the original bed, with a canopy fitted to it. It had a large door that would lift to reveal the bikes. Fortunately, the owners kept the original bed siding safe in storage. The business ended, and the truck was sold in 2003.

The fourth owner purchased the truck to use as a part of his air conditioning business but never got around to using it. He couldn’t bring himself to modify it, which would have been necessary for his needs. The truck sat outside again for several years until we purchased it in September of 2009.

We have gone thru the truck to ready it for the road. It hasn’t been driven since at least 1989. After many fun-filled hours of preparation, brakes, tune-up, etc., it is now on the road once again.

I plan to use it for very light duty around our property, and to run into our local small town located just eight miles away down some winding country roads. It sure does get attention wherever we go.

Next, I will see if I can squeeze a car seat into it so our baby girl can go for rides, and get those terrible mirrors off and replace them with originals .... and maybe some signage on the door.

Happy bolting!



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