1951 3100 Chevy
19 March 2008
From Steve :
Well, I looked quite awhile for something in the 1947 - 1954 era. When I was a kid, my Grandpa had a Chevy pickup. All I remember was that it was an AD but I canít recall the year. We all called her Olí Yeller and I bet you canít guess what color she was. Ha ha!
Grandpa's truck had a canvas tarp over the back and we would take it to the lake to go swimming and fishing. My cousin and I used to rock / paper / scissors to see who got to sit in the middle and shift.
As an adult, I always have had my eye out for one like it. In November 1999, when I was on my way to work, I saw this 1951 3100 Chevy pickup off the 170 near Wright City, Missouri. I pulled in and gave it the once over. She looked good. The weather was very cold, windy and rainy and I should have looked a little closer.
The engine finally gave out in í03, which was my justification to start a rebuild and make it the rod I always wanted. The missus is still dogging me on that decision (haha).
Then our daughter moved back in with us (bringing along twin granddaughters) so she could go back to college. Well now, work on the truck or spend time with my beautiful granddaughters, Kennedy and Kiersten? I decided it was more important to push swings, read books, play and walk to the park, with the girls of course.
The girls use the truck as a jungle gym and climb all over it. I have to laugh when I remember heading home from work knowing a good freeze was coming and seeing that Terri had put all the hanging pots on the back of the truck. She said if I wasnít going to work on it, she was going to turn it into a planter.
Now I am finding the time to get her back together and even had her rolled out of the garage last spring. Iíve got a 1970 12 bolt rear end with 3.73 gears, a TCI four point rear suspension, TCI Mustang II front end with discs all around, seats from a 1999 Dodge Ram with built in shoulder belts. I am waiting to drop in a rebuilt Chevy 350 / 700R4 combo. [ image ] [ Also a cool image from up above looking at the cab and frame ~ Editor ]
Iím really hoping to have it running for the St. Peters Armed Forces Day Parade in May í09.