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1954 Chevy 3100 1/2-Ton


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11 May 2007 - Update

From Garrett:

          Hello again. Just to let y'all know I wrecked my truck on the way to the Lone Star Roundup Show. It was my fault because I was driving on Route 183 going into Austin and a driver in a little Toyota in front of me taped her brakes. So, I looked in the other lane to see if anyone was there. I looked back and the driver was stopped. I then tugged the wheel into the other lane and slammed on my brakes. I clipped her by one foot.

          I had my arm out on the window seal because it was a rainy, hot and humid day. I almost lost it, too. There was a dent about a foot below my arm and my mirror post snapped like a twig. Luckily, I got away with only a nice scar.

          The fender was totally ripped apart. It bent the whole front end to the driver side. The door was pinched a little. The radiator got a small leak in it. The door was nicely dented. And even the rear fender is messed up.

          Fortunately, we had full insurance on it and after a few thousand dollars later, it will be back up and running.

          The wreck was in early April. So, It's been over a month now and my truck should be done soon. But since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought you'd want to see the some pictures of the wreck. When it's done I'll send some new ones.

          Also any '54 owners out there? Please don't wreck your truck. It is so hard to find parts. Some cannot be re popped like inner fender braces and door hinges.

Garrett Smith
"1Bad54"
Bolter # 4816
Austin, Texas

          Garrett added a second truck to the Gallery in August 2007 -- a 1941 Street Rod. And Garrett, glad you weren't hurt. The 'Bolt looks pretty banged up. That had to be horrifying. It'll be good to see when she's all back looking pretty again. ~~ Editor


10 September 2004 - Update

From Garrett:

          Hello again. I have good news! I have finished my truck -- except for some imperfections and also the painting is done ...(that is after taking the bed off and putting the truck back together). The interior is black and yellow also.

          Anyways, Prowler Yellow was born. It looks like glass my friends. I wanted to show you it.

          Ohhh ... and here is the web page of it at the Oak Hill Show and the surrounding Cars/Trucks (including mine) .

Garrett Smith
"1Bad54"
Bolter # 4816
Austin, Texas


01 July 2004

From Garrett:

          My Dad and I (mostly me) have been looking for an old truck or car. My Father and Mother discussed it and decided to get a truck for me. We found one (1954 Chevy 3100 1/2-ton) by Texarkana. We meet the guy after seeing some pictures and decide to buy it. Before we got it, the owner decided to put a í70 Nova power steering and rear end on it. So our project started!

          I think it was in original color (green) and faded. So we decide to disassemble it and sandblast it so we could get off the majority of the rust. We put a rust stopper spray on it and itís off to paint right now (Prowler Yellow). Inside it, it has a Chevy 350 CI auto w/ Flow Masters (means I can burn rubber!).

          Also right now, I am doing the wood in the bed (they had plywood in it -- just had to get rid of it). We picked red oak. It is looking sweet. We got a bed cover to help protect it. We have some neon yellow lights to put under it when itís done.

          I plan to put a Stereo System in it with a 12Ē Sub. Sounds great and looks good.

          If you live in the Austin area and want to see it, I will sometimes go to Oak Hillís Albertsonís show, on Saturdayís. Come out and See it.

Garrett Smith
"1Bad54"
Bolter # 4816
Austin, Texas



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