12 January 2008
1946 3/4-Ton Chevy Stakebed
From Kyle :
Let me begin by saying that this site is a great resource for a novice like me. Without it, I would never have ventured down this path. I found this site in 1998 while researching the history of an abandoned 1941 Chevy on my parents’ land. I didn't know anything about restoring an old truck.
My brother and I had many adventures “driving” that rig while growing up. Since then, I’ve always been scanning the fence rows and open barns for a similar one. Then, a couple of years ago I spied one behind a tire shop and inquired within. A few phone calls and couple of days later it was in my backyard. It is a 1946 3/4-ton Chevy with a Knapheide stakebed added to it at some later date, we are not sure when.
When I looked it over for the first time, I had my doubts. Aside from the near perfect sheetmetal, the engine compartment looked like a basket case. All of the hoses and wires were rotted or missing, the intake had a mud wasp nest in it, and it looked as if all the accessory items were shot. Last winter, I addressed those problems and was actually able to get it up and running!
My sons and I have since brush painted it red/black; re-done the rearend, brakes, tires; and built a new stakebed. [ side view ] It runs pretty good for now so we just use it around the farm. [ rear view ] (In 2012 when Kyle added his second 1946 Chevy 1-ton, we got an updated picture -- where he had painted it green like "it's suppose to be." ~ Editor)
Eventually I’d like to do a full restoration on it with an original box and full running boards on it. I’m still amazed that I was able to get it this far along. I have more photos on Webshots.
~ What a great truck Kyle! Sounds like you get to have some really great Father-Sons time too! ~ Gallery Gal
A man of Chevrolet forty-sixes! Kyle has a 1946 Chevrolet 1-ton that he pulled out of hibernation. He's had a 1946 3/4-ton Chevrolet Stake Bed on our site for some time. And for a lot of grins, he has a 1926 Ford Model TT!
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