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#593222 Tue Nov 17 2009 03:26 PM
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1958 Chevy ton utility.

Robert Covington, Chehalis, Washington

This truck was built for the Tacoma Fire Department. It served as a Fire alarm electrician. It was assembled in Oakland and the utility body was made at the McCabe-Powers plant in Oakland. The tailgate has Bodies by Powers St Louis. St Louis was the location of the parent company.

The person I bought it from was the second owner. I found it in Puyallup and drove it on the trailer using the hand brake to stop it, the master and wheel cylinders were shot. Got it home and the gear shift broke off the steering column. I had the brake components and a universal floor shift put in, thanks to my trusty and knowledgeable neighbor, it now runs, stops, and shifts. I have removed the doors the seat and have started the process of filling the holes. I have found that most of these trucks have the same rusted out places, top of lights, behind and in front of the doors. The worst rust is in the doors. The bottom of the passenger door is gone. I am not a perfectionist so I am using the 3M Bondo products; bondo jelly, bondo glass, and bondo body filler. I have also covered a large hole on the drivers side floor with sheet metal and roofing tar. I am interested in getting this truck on the road by spring and drive it.

I have found the utility box is extremely useful. At first I wanted to get rid of it and get a pick up box, now I am keeping my utility as it is 4 x 8 inside which will allow me to haul most everything I want, plus I have lockable storage. The one thing I am going to do is cut off the top of the utility box so I can stand up and also haul tall stuff.

http://s653.photobucket.com/albums/uu258/58Utility/2008truck009.jpg


I have a question; how come I see no Utilitys for sale or even a picture? I see none on the various websites dealing with old trucks. Were utilities that rare?



Last edited by J Lucas; Fri Dec 04 2009 03:39 AM.
58Utility #593242 Tue Nov 17 2009 04:20 PM
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Cruising in the Passing Lane
welcome to the garage Robert, check around here for some ideas on how to patch up the old beast so it'll last more than one PNW winter, fiberglas doesn't stick to rust long wink

the most likely reason you don't see more utility bodies like that is the companies that used them usually transferred the body to new trucks when the time came, the fire dept may have just gone to a more purpose-built truck or a van

Bill


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Flxible #593435 Wed Nov 18 2009 05:36 AM
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I think we had at least one other "Bolter" with a utility body on his truck. The one I'm thinking about might be in or around Las Vegas. Unfortunately, I don't remember the year of the truck.

Great find, I like the Task Force years. thumbs_up thumbs_up thumbs_up

John



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J Lucas #593440 Wed Nov 18 2009 05:47 AM
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Cool truck! I just saw one the other day. It was also a 58. It was red and looked like it had been restored. I like it because it's different. Also I have a soft spot for these Task Force trucks, lol.

Cameo Carrier #593508 Wed Nov 18 2009 02:45 PM
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Is that top welded on, or can you just unbolt it or grind off some rivets? If you ever did restore the truck, you might want to put it back some day.


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Rich'sToys #593527 Wed Nov 18 2009 03:29 PM
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Rich, the top is bolted with a few welds. I am taking it off carefully so it could be restored.


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