1941 Chevy Series AL 3/4-Ton Pickup Truckand
1949 Chevrolet two door Fleetline Deluxe -- "Charlotte"
14 August 2007
From Dan :
Charles is my 1941 Chevrolet series AL 3/4-ton pickup truck. It was originally bought by my Great Grandfather -- I believe brand new. It was the working truck back then. My family hauled grain, pulled stumps, and used it for anything they could. It was a true farm pickup.
Sometime in the 1960's or 1970's (I am not quite sure), it was placed in the shed. That's where I found it and that's where it stayed. I don't know why it was left there, but I hope that it wasn't because the engine was shot. It only has about 35,000 odd miles on it.
The truck has a three speed transmission. The body metal is in excellent condition with minimal rust (only a little normal surface stuff). It is 100% original, down to every bolt and every nut. The fenders are busted, bent, and scarred. The cab has a dent in the upper passenger side. The gas tank and headliner is shot along with the windshield wiper motor. The front end grille assembly and the pieces beneath were held together by chicken wire. If your truck is missing it, mine probably has it.
Unfortunately, due to its life as a farm truck, a mouse house has taken a toll on the interior. If there is a way to restore ancient fabric, please tell me. It would great to save these seats. They are old and the fabric is like paper. It is intact and free from rips.
The truck will remain original. I wish that the interior and fenders weren't destroyed. If they weren't, I wouldn't be forced to do a full rebuild. A brand new interior and shiny engine would be out of place with an ancient body. Since I have to pay for college, it will probably remain pretty much like it is until I repaint it.
I currently have the motor pulled and will rebuild it this winter. Then I will strip it to the frame and begin to put it back together. I will have the original paint job and even the stamp on the side showing the maximum gross tonnage. I have the original wooden sides and rear for converting the flatbed into a grain truck. The bed will also be original -- sanded down, varnished and that’s it. Every scratch, every crack, every defect in full view -- to add to the truck’s character.
The due date that I have set is 2012. I'll have it done sooner if money and time permit. Charles has fought me all the way and will probably continue to but it matters little to me. The blood, sweat and tears are worth it and hopefully, this old truck will be with me for a long time to come.
And this is “Charlotte” -- Charles’ baby sis. She is a 1949 Chevrolet two door Fleetline Deluxe. She's 100% original -- interior and exterior. The interior is in near factory showroom condition. The paint is fade stained and needs work but there is no rust. She is a beautiful old gal who, when treated right, will give a memorable ride.
Here's some more photos if you'd like to look!
Bolter # 15161
Gardner, North Dakota
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