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Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window

Posted By: Don T

Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Tue Aug 14 2018 11:51 PM

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
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Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 01:09 AM

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.
Posted By: J Lucas

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 02:35 AM

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
Posted By: Rich'sToys

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 03:30 AM

Nothing came up for me either sounds like a neat truck. Congratulations, and welcome to the Bolt!
Posted By: Don T

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 07:59 AM

Sorry, New to this. Let's try this again. Let me know if you can see it.
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/63/3e/d8/633ed88f3e35f5cf6ab2fe46439c8a36.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a4/b8/d4/a4b8d4e53c9111f2fe8e7c01ea1c4252.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/38/d6/f5/38d6f55267b46633b02f0c9e1e74f471.jpg
Thanks!
Don
Posted By: 1953 panel

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 11:05 AM



Those links work. Nice truck and nice work on the cab! Welcome!
Leo
Posted By: sstock

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 01:18 PM

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
Posted By: J Lucas

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Wed Aug 15 2018 03:13 PM

Pics are working now. Nice truck.

John
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Thu Aug 16 2018 03:01 AM

How sweet it is. Right person and right time. Just doesn't get any better.
Posted By: Don T

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Fri Aug 17 2018 03:05 AM

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
Posted By: Rich'sToys

Re: Don Thompson 1953 3100 Five window - Fri Aug 17 2018 03:22 AM

Cool original picture! Thanks for sharing!
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