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1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton

Owned by

Mark Dowis
"46Chevy 1/2tTon"
Bolter # 16642
Snellville, Georgia

 

08 February 2008
# 2222

From Mark :

           I found the truck last June in Mississippi. She was on eBay. The owner bought her at a estate sale. He was planning to rod her, but didn't have the heart to cut her up (thank God!).

           I called the owner and worked a deal to trade my 1955 Chevy plus some cash for the truck. I trailered the '55 out there and came back [ pix ] with the '46.

           When I got her home, I ,jumped in and started her up and have been driving since.

           The truck has the original motor and drive train with 4 speed. The truck was repainted many years ago. The original paint green is under the current paint. I just finished restoring four correct wheels, and original hub caps. She looks a whole lot better.

           I need to rebuild the windshield crank [ pix ] and do some work on the gauges. The fuel gauge and speedo are bad. I do have replacements for them to install. I plan to rewire and run turn singles in near future. I'm pricing wiring harness now, but what I want (original) is a bit too pricey for me. If anyone has a cloth wiring harness they won't use, please contact me!

           I use the truck for local errands and hauling items. She runs great and starts every time. I won't get a speeding ticket, that's for sure. I do not like to run on the interstate, and if I do, 15-20 miles at the most. She is very comfortable around 50-55 mph. My dog Jack loves to ride in her [ pix ] and goes about everywhere in her. I can't get her out of the yard without him. It's his truck and he watches her closely when parked.

           Maybe, one day, I'll restore her. I'm in no hurry at all to take her off the road. I love her just the way she is. She is one of the family and not going anywhere.

           Love your site and thank the staff for all the work they do to it. I learn more about these great trucks every time I log on. As of now, I have this '46 Chevy, a '47 Harley Knucklehead, and a '48 Indian Chief. All three are pretty much original and used often. It is my opinion that America in the '40's put out some of the best looking and running vehicles, motorcycles and trucks -- a lot of pride then.

Mark D.

           Mark sent in his beloved for the 2008 Calendar. He had some really nice shots (as you can tell from the larger image links). The one with Jack ... I thought the dog was not real!! I thought it was staged for the shot! Great truck and what good fortune -- getting a truck you can "haul home," jump in and then drive!! Good on ya! ~~ Editor

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