Charles Rivard's

1954 Chevy 6400 Dually

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16 March 2007
# 1879

From Charles :

           I just joined this site. I don't know what I'm doing yet. (Charles said this back in July 2006 ~~ it's taken a while to get this Gallery page done ~ Editor ). I have a1954 Chevy dually. I bought it nine years ago in Oxford, Georgia. When I bought it, the previous owners said the motor was changed to a 1958 Chevy 235 motor. I use it once or twice a week. It's all original except it has been changed to a 12-volt system.

           I have owned a lot of old vehicles and I believe they have a mind of their own. What do you think? When I tell that to someone who has never owned an old truck or car, they do not believe me. I park my 1954 Chevy dually up close to my house in the same spot. I have a certain procedure for starting it and it works every time -- unless I park her in a different location in the yard. Then she will not start the same or not start at all. I talk to her before I start her up -- and I pat the dash. When we return, I tell her she did a good job. It seems to work for me.

           I keep my truck as original as I can. A lot of people restore their trucks but I enjoy driving them as I find them. I try not to change a lot of things on them. I did change the bed on mine, though because of safety reasons mostly. I changed the left rear wheels and the battery and points and plugs and added a directional signal and that is it .

           I was at the thrift store with the truck and a guy in the store came out and saw my truck. He said, "I like your truck. If you redo the truck with a new engine and transmission, it will run a long time." I said, "She has run for 52 years with out all that."

           I would like to thank every one for the replies to my posts in the forums. I went to look at your trucks and I love them. I am crazy about old Chevy trucks and I love old cars also. I think I am going to end up spending a lot of time at this site.

Charles Rivard
Bolter # 11449

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