1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton Shortbed
From Mike :
I just pulled this Stovebolt from a barn in Ohio earlier this month. It took three hours to retrieve it but well worth the time.
As you can see, there is a lot of work to do but this Chevy Art Deco truck is as solid as the day it was born.
My barn find has been there since 1962 as the plates indicate. I know the guy that put it there and all the history of the truck.
I don't know if it will run yet. I have not gotten that far. The tires did hold air after all these years. And we got her home in one piece. [ View from the rear, on the trailer ]
I'll keep you posted on the progress. I'm hoping it will go quickly as my Son (Caleb) is a professional restorer of Packard's. He will be the lead on the rebuild.
Caleb has been modeling everything from tricycles to cars as long as I can remember. Then he went to the Career Center for Auto Body in high school. He finished top in his class and was hand picked by his teacher when Aldrich Restoration called and said they needed his best paint and body guy. I'm quite proud of him to say the least.
The truck was bought locally by two guys that had a painting business around Dayton, Ohio area. They used it for several year to haul their paint supplies in. Then they decided to buy a panel truck to keep the stuff enclosed. The pickup had a short bed and could not haul all that much anyway.
The truck was sold to a farmer in Miamisburg, Ohio. It was used on the farm until some time in 1962 when it was driven into the barn. It was left there until I retrieved it a month ago.
The fellow that parked it there told my son about it and was there the day we removed it from the barn. He's seen sitting in picture of the barn removal.
The man's barn is also full of old farm tractors and farm implements -- that made the removal so difficult. We are located about 30 miles north of Cincinnati and my home is actually only about seven miles from the barn we took the truck out from.
I've been working on disassembly and the truck is down to just having the motor and cab on the frame now. I will send pictures soon. I'm tickled to death with my barn find and plan on enjoying it for years to come.
Feel free to contact me!