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Owned by Glenn Smith
Bolter # 24453
Indian River, Ontario

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14 June 2010
# 2791

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From Glenn :

Here is my 1953 Chevy Suburban that I found on Kijiji (the free local classifieds). It was located just outside of Picton, Ontario which is about a two hour drive from my place (Indian River, Ontario).

The man I bought it from has an amazing collection of vintage tin. It's not a business. He's a farmer who has collected over the years and has decided to sell some of the projects he realizes he will never get a chance to work on. (That's nice to see. I don't know how many times I have seen decent vehicles rust away to nothing because the owner was "going to fix it up".) He must have well over 100 cars and trucks from the 1920's to the 1950's plus numerous parts stashed in old buses and sheds. But mostly it's 1930's GMs in various states of decay. I think the newest was a 1958 Ford retractable with the back half of a 1957 Ford convertible on top of it!

Originally, I was looking for a sedan delivery or a panel truck, but liked the looks of the Suburban. You just don't see very many of them.

There were also two 1947 Chevy sedan deliveries and about a 1937 Ford panel truck in the yard with my truck.

The old Suburban was originally a school bus in Illinois and still had the state inspection sticker on the windshield dated 1979. It's missing the back seats but I think I will update the seating, same goes for the drive train. The engine and transmission are gone but I plan on going with a MII front suspension. I have a 1986 Monte SS which will be donating the drivetrain. I just want a nice, reliable, easy to work on cruiser.

I've just started the body repair. The rear wheel wells are first, cutting out the rot and welding in new steel ... so it begins.




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