1946 Chevy Pickup Truck
From Jim :
As long as I remember I always wanted an old car. I had been to many car shows and always thought that must be great to have a vehicle with history.
Growing up, I had a 1968 Chevelle convertible that I loved. It had several issues and because I needed a vehicle to get back and forth to work, I sold it (it broke my heart).
Thirty something years later, I'm now married with kids. My neighbor's adult son had purchased a 1946 Chevy pickup and stored it in one of those canvas garages on her property. It was there over a year before I started to talk to her husband about it.
Apparently, the son purchased it with the idea of a restoration and lost interest. I told my neighbor's husband, "If they ever wanted it gone, let me know."
Another year went by with short conversations of "If want it gone let me know." One day my neighbor's husband came over and said "Do you still want it?" I said "Sure! How much?" He said "Nothing. Just come get it."
I used my 1985 Chevy pickup to tow this old truck next door and there she sits. The only family members excited about the truck so far are me and my 12 year old son. (He's already asked if he can take it for a spin when he gets his licence in four years.) I'm sure when it starts to get in more usable condition, I'll win the rest over.
Unfortunately, I don't have a garage but I did clear a space on the side of the driveway and covered it first with plastic to kill the weeds, Then I put down rock dust to give it a more secure place to sit on.
This Art Deco Chevy truck is pretty much original. The seat, running boards and back fenders were missing as well as the wood in the back bed. The 216 engine was seized but with a little work (and alot of marvel mystery oil), I was able to get it to turn over. (I still have spark problems but I'll solve that soon.)
As MY restoration continues, I'll try to keep everyone updated. Here are some more pictures on my Google site.
I still need a seat, running boards and rear fenders. So if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
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