Steve VandenBerg's

1951 Chevy 1.5-Ton Flatbed

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14 February 2006
# 1430

From Steve:

         One day I was talking to a contractor I had worked with about an old truck I bought and that I found his registration in. He told me to come by his business and look at an old Chevy truck he had out there that he wanted to get rid of. He had taken it in exchange for a bill that didn’t get paid. He told me if I gave him $50 for it, I could take it out of there with the signed title. It was a 1951 1.5-ton truck with a hoist and flatbed was now mine. (It is for sale by the way.)

         I figured I would be doing all right with that deal but I had to take all the crap that was on the truck too. Some animal had made a home in the cab and crapped all over inside and on the seat. The tires all held air and I dragged it home. I had a pickup load of “crap” to take to the dump because of the junk in the truck. The seat was out of a later model car but I didn’t want anything to do with it after the animal had its way with it.

         The gas still smelled unvarnished. So I dumped a couple gallons of fresh gas in it and decided to get it running. I pulled the distributor cap and a couple of plugs. Apparently, they were all new before the truck was taken from the previous owner. The engine was nice and clean. The truck started right up! I added brake fluid and the brakes pumped up and released just fine.

         I drove it around a little and thought I did pretty good on this deal.

Steve VandenBerg
Bolter #6449
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

     Steve's got a number of trucks in the Gallery : a 1965 Chevrolet Pickup Truck; a 1959 Chevrolet 3200 Apache Fleetside; a 1971 GMC 2500 LWB; a 1948 3600 LWB 3 Window; a 1951 Chevrolet 3100 LWB 5 Window; a 1952 Chevrolet 3100 SWB 5 Window Utility; a 1957 Chevrolet Suburban; a 1958 GMC 100 LWB Stepside Big Window; a 1958 Chevrolet 3200 Apache Fleetside a 1951 Chevrolet 1.5 T. Flatbed; a second 1959 Chevy Apache Fleetside 3200; a 1960 Chevy Apache Shortbox; and a 1947 Chevy LWB Stepside. As of Stovebolts were not enough, Steve hasa a saga about bringing his 1969 Corvette back from California; and a piece from Corvette Fever on finding a 1966 Corvette! ~~ Editor

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