Ryan Valine's

1957 Chevy 3600

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09 November 2006
# 1719

From Ryan :

           Here is a photo of an old farm truck that sat in Torrance, California for 20 years. I have just finished the semi-restoration with much sanding, body work, a newly rebuilt hydramatic. The original brakes, suspension and 283 just needed minor maintenance, and perhaps a fresh coat of paint. Then she'll be back on the road.

           The 283 runs like a million bucks and has the original four speed hydramatic automatic transmission. It was just rebuilt two weeks ago and still is under a three month warranty. The body is in surprisingly good shape, save for the typical rust areas - the corners in the cab where the speakers are and the bottoms of the door. With the exception of the speaker panels, any rust has been sealed and patched and the truck is perfectly straight with a few very minor dings.

           The worst news is someone cut out space for dualies in the bed panels and the pine has long since disappeared. The truck just got the first coat of paint it's seen since 1957 -- inside and out. The dash electrical is not hooked up except for the oil and temp. Headlights and taillights work but it needs a new stoplight switch for the brake lights.

           It runs and drives great, doesn't overheat and is very reliable. Of course, with the original suspension, rear end and brakes you don't really want to go over 55 MPH. Here is a more "artistic" sepia toned photo just for the heck of it.

           I have to sell this truck because I'm moving across the states. It is registered until May 2007 with all of the paperwork completed -- stickers for the original black plates and a new title are coming from Sacramento. When I bought this truck, the title was lost but the original registration allows me to keep the black plates. If you have any questions, please call me (RT @ 323-533-1266) or email me.

Ryan Valine
Bolter # 11762
Los Angeles, California

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