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19 October 2009
From Tim :
This is my 1950 Chevy 3600 3/4-ton. The engine is a matching 216.5 Thriftmaster. It has 61,500 miles. It is the original Winsor blue color paint on cab.
I'm the second owner of this classic truck. In 1991, I purchased it from a friend of my Father's. The gentleman lived in Gilman, Iowa and used Ol' Blue to haul materials from the lumber yard a few blocks away to his cabinet shop. He also used it to make local deliveries of his custom cabinets.
After hearing of his passing, I visited his widow and she lovingly backed it out of their single stall garage with oak wood floors (very dry). Always garaged, Ol' Blu (as she called him) had original everything and 60,000 miles on the engine -- no rust just a few rock chips and minor dings.
Ol' Blu has become part of our family and remained in fairly original condition until recently. The wheels were split rim 15 inch with 8 lugs. As shown in the photo, I updated to radials for cruising, and would throw on the splits and baby moons with (1960 era) US Royal tires for showing.
I switched out the rear end to a 1955 Chevy with new self adjusting drums. It now runs easily at 70 MPH with the 4 speed.
I've now converted to 5 lug and running ('68 Camaro) rally's with disc brakes in front on a 1/2-ton axle and dual master cylinder.
Ol' Blue has been "all original" for 58 years, but now Its time to drive and enjoy the ride.
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