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  Owned by Tom Rush
"oldbutnotdead"
Bolter # 20132
New Hope, Pennsylvania
13 March 2009
# 2558

From Tom :

This is my my 1968 Chevrolet K-20. The truck is equipped with the 327 cubic inch v8 and floor mounted 4 speed.

The truck was purchased by Edith DuPont (Pearson) in July of 1968 from Diver Chevrolet in Wilmington, Delaware (source - the warranty book and various insurance cards which were in the glove box). It was used to plow the estate driveways.

The truck was traded in by the DuPont family (again at Diver Chevrolet) in 1990 and my Father-in-law purchased the truck for $1500.  I actually went with him to the dealership to look at the truck and I would have loved to buy it myself if I hadn't been a starving student at the time ... but I did convince him he needed to buy it.  

The truck had 21,979 original miles on it in 1990. After he bought the truck, my FIL used the truck to run errands and also to plow his driveway. Otherwise, it remained parked in his driveway ... for the past 18 years. He always wanted to restore the truck, but he never got around to it. Other than removing the original split rims, adding American racing wheels, BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A's, and a larger rear bumper, he didn't alter the truck in any way.

After he passed away last fall,  I bought the truck from my Mother-in-law (the original split rims were still in their basement).

This will be my first restoration project, and as you can probably guess, the years of salt, sand, snow plowing and sitting have taken their toll on the sheet metal and the wooden bed floor.  It's now at the mechanic's having the transmission seals, brake cylinders, emergency brake cables, brake lines, etc. repaired. 

The next stop is the body shop where I am going to have the bed, the rusted door bottoms, fenders, the cab supports, etc. replaced and and POR 15 the frame, etc.  I am also considering going back to the original split rim wheels if I can find new rubber for them (Uniroyal deep lug 700X17's). 

I was doing some on-line research on these tires when I came across your site. 

I plan to remove the snow plow and aftermarket equipment, restore the rusted panels, and give it a new paint job.  Otherwise, I will leave the truck original. When it is done, I plan to use it when I go hunting.

My wife thinks I am crazy but I love it.

Here are a few more pictures of the truck taken the day I purchased it: passenger side ~ interior ~ under carriage ~ identification plates

Thanks,

Tom Rush

 

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