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1953 Chevy Pickup Truck
10 March 2008
From Junior :
This is my 1953 Chevy pickup truck that I'm very proud to own. This was the truck that my Grandfather drove for many years. In fact, for the 35 years that he was a part of my life, this1953 and maybe a 1950 are the only two vehicle's that I ever knew of him driving.
After my Grandfather's death in 1990 at the age of 98, my Uncle took the truck and put it in his garage. I had a lot of fond memories (note Memories Tag on front of truck) of this old truck. So I told him one day that I would like to have the truck if he ever decided to get rid of it.
After a few years, my Uncles space in his garage was getting smaller. So he called one day and asked if I still wanted the truck. I said, "Are you kidding? You know I do." He had just bought a new battery to put in it for I think around $29. He said, "Pay me for the battery and it is yours."
Needless to say I did not hesitate in giving him the $29. I drove it home and parked it in my garage for 10 years before I could afford to do anything to it.
Finally in 2003, my wife and I had our heads above water enough that I was able to get it restored. I thought it unique how everything worked out and I was able to restore on its 50th birthday.
I replaced the 216 engine with a rebuilt 235. [ engine image ] Everything else is original except the wheels. I was going to use the wheels that were on it, but found out after I bought baby moon hub caps to put on that I had an odd ball wheel that didn't have the clips. If anyone knows where I could get a 15" x 7" 6 lug wheel I would appriciate it. Anything else fit, I've looked everywhere.
I looked for some pictures of my Grandfather with the truck but I didn't find any. Sadly my Uncle passed away in December. 2000 so he did not get to see the truck finished. I know he would have been proud of it. Here are some other pictures I do have, tho -- me and the truck in 2003 - me and the truck now! - side view - a good "before" picture.
I wanted to let everyone know at Stovebolt that I love your site. I used it often when I was working on my truck, and check it out often for more submissions ... of real trucks.
I proudly drive it every now and then. I enjoy driving it to Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Kentucky and have people come up to me and reminisce about the good old days.
Thanks for the kind remarks Junior. We're glad the site has been helpful. That's what we're hear for. And it's always good to hear from folks back home in Kentucky. ~~ Editor