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Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window #1276291
Tue Aug 14 2018 11:51 PM
Tue Aug 14 2018 11:51 PM
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Don T  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 11
Dallas Oregon
We bought Rusty, our 1953 Chevy 3100 five window in July 2017. I had no intention of buying one but have always loved the body style. My wife and I were helping my son build a fence at his house in Dallas Oregon and I being over 65 needed to take a short break. While I was resting I checked out our local Craigslist in the car section. A 1953 Chevrolet had just popped up moments before for a really great price. I got excited but hated to mention it to my wife as my old car experience has been pushed to the limit over the years.
I did anyway and she said to my surprise “lets go look”. I called, (First caller) and asked to look.
The car was about fifty miles away in Junction City Oregon and when I asked for directions he said “I’ll meet you half way”. Wow, he had confidence in this truck. We met in Corvallis and I took it for a drive and negotiated the purchase while I drove. I should have asked my wife first but I could tell she liked it too.
Instead of following him clear back to Junction City we left the truck in Corvallis and we drove him home and got the title.
Then I got the pleasure of driving Rusty home through the mowed hay fields and wine country.
In the past year I have changed both cowls, the right rocker, both inside kick panels, front be panel and much much more, but have it back on the road now primed and I am using the braille system for small dents before I paint it.
lots of pleasure and work ahead. I look forward to it.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/63/3e/d8/633ed88f3e35f5cf6ab2fe46439c8a36.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a4/b8/d4/a4b8d4e53c9111f2fe8e7c01ea1c4252.jpg

Last edited by Don T; Wed Aug 15 2018 07:56 AM.

1953 Chevy 3100 pickup
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c5/56/c1/c556c180b120d76456597c9545c3f6d3.jpg
Retired Police officer
Vietnam Vet.
Blacksmith
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276303
Wed Aug 15 2018 01:09 AM
Wed Aug 15 2018 01:09 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,469
Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
Don, what a great story and one to be remembered long after we are gone. Like they say, time to buy is when you see them so good job.
Sad to say I clicked on the links but no picture? I'm sure someone will come along a little later and help us out!
Keep us posted as you continue to work on it. We love stories like this.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276316
Wed Aug 15 2018 02:35 AM
Wed Aug 15 2018 02:35 AM
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J Lucas  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,429
South Omaha, Nebraska
Don, I clicked on the links and saw pictures of many trucks. From your description I believe I know which one is yours but not for sure.

Thanks for sharing your story.

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276325
Wed Aug 15 2018 03:30 AM
Wed Aug 15 2018 03:30 AM
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Rich'sToys  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,260
Janesville, Mn
Nothing came up for me either sounds like a neat truck. Congratulations, and welcome to the Bolt!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276339
Wed Aug 15 2018 07:59 AM
Wed Aug 15 2018 07:59 AM
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Don T  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 11
Dallas Oregon

Last edited by Don T; Wed Aug 15 2018 08:13 AM.

1953 Chevy 3100 pickup
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c5/56/c1/c556c180b120d76456597c9545c3f6d3.jpg
Retired Police officer
Vietnam Vet.
Blacksmith
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276343
Wed Aug 15 2018 11:05 AM
Wed Aug 15 2018 11:05 AM
1953 panel  Offline
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Posts: 4,824
Oakwood, Ontario Canada


Those links work. Nice truck and nice work on the cab! Welcome!
Leo

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276358
Wed Aug 15 2018 01:18 PM
Wed Aug 15 2018 01:18 PM
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sstock  Offline
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Posts: 940
Gig Harbor, WA
Great story, it was meant to be.
I too found my truck in Oregon, was able to test drive but could tell something was wrong so it got towed back to Washington. The first drives you will always remember.
Congrats, Steve


1953 Chevrolet 3100
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276374
Wed Aug 15 2018 03:13 PM
Wed Aug 15 2018 03:13 PM
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J Lucas  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,429
South Omaha, Nebraska
Pics are working now. Nice truck.

John


J Lucas





1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

My Flicker Photos!

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276499
Thu Aug 16 2018 03:01 AM
Thu Aug 16 2018 03:01 AM
Achipmunk  Offline
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Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 14,469
Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
How sweet it is. Right person and right time. Just doesn't get any better.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276629
Fri Aug 17 2018 03:05 AM
Fri Aug 17 2018 03:05 AM
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Don T  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 11
Dallas Oregon
Fishing through the family album,. I found that my Grandpa Knofler owned a 3100. He owned the Golden Eagle Gas Station in Albany Oregon in the 1950's.
In the attached picture it is him, my uncle and cousin. I plan to recreate the picture with my own son and grand daughter.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/86/d6/5a/86d65a59b73aa34845614b771eddebef.jpg


1953 Chevy 3100 pickup
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c5/56/c1/c556c180b120d76456597c9545c3f6d3.jpg
Retired Police officer
Vietnam Vet.
Blacksmith
Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window [Re: Don T] #1276633
Fri Aug 17 2018 03:22 AM
Fri Aug 17 2018 03:22 AM
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Rich'sToys  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,260
Janesville, Mn
Cool original picture! Thanks for sharing!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

I got a pair of those new Memory Foam shoe inserts. Hasn't helped much- When I walk to another room, I still can't remember why.






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