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Owned by Gary Wallace
Bolter # 3096
Salem, Oregon

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21 November 2011
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From Gary :

It started in 1980 just before I graduated from high school. Some friends of mine used my Dad’s shop to do a quick restoration job on an old farm truck. While they were working on it, I thought it was a very cool old truck. After it was done in primer grey and decent wheels, I fell in love with the look of the Advanced Design Chevy truck.

A little time passed and sometime after graduating from high school in 1981, my big Brother Mike (always wheeling and dealing) told me about a 1948 Chevy truck he knew of that was for sale. So I jumped at the chance to have one for myself. I traded my 1970 Opel Kadett and $300 to drive home in my first Stovebolt.

My soon-to-be wife was at the house and said my Dad laughed when I rattled into the driveway. Apparently, he did not understand my excitement.

Well, long story short, that one ended up getting sold to a movie guy in California for $1000. New wife and baby and no money, so the truck had to go.


Fast Facts

  • 1952 Chevy Truck
  • 250 L6
  • Clifford Intake
  • 390 cfm Holley
  • Tom Langdon's cast iron headers
  • 3.73 gears
  • Ford Torino Rearend
  • Color: Hugger Orange
  • 2004R Trans

So, moved back to Eugene, Oregon and found another one that I had to have ... took it back to California. Another baby, still no money and again the truck was the casualty.

About 18 years go by ... the boys are all grown up. We have computers and eBay. This is where this 1952 Chevy project starts.

 I spent about a year looking at trucks on eBay to find one near home and not too expensive. Finally, in 2003 a decent looking truck in Grants Pass, Oregon looks like a good deal. I sold my Saxophone and bought the truck.

Of course, the old truck needed a lot more work than I had anticipated. One thing lead to another and I find myself doing a complete frame off restoration / modification in my two car garage. Wanting to update the drive train, suspension, etc.

Now, it's eight years later and we're getting close. I can't wait to have my truck on the road.

Gary Wallace


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