06 February 2012
1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Roy :
This is the 1946 1/2-ton Chevrolet pickup truck that I bought a few weeks ago. I am hoping (dreaming?) to replicate what my Grandfather had half a century ago.
My Grandfather's truck (it is my Dad's Dad) was gone before I was born. I had asked about photographs about the truck and found out that my family never owned a camera during that era. There was an aunt of my Dad's who did have a camera and it was a special day when she would bring it over. I'm just assuming that it was such a special event that no one thought to ever get a picture of an old farm truck.
My Dad remembers being very young sitting behind the wheel and "driving" as all little boys tend to do. He remembers accidently knocking into gear and riding it across the yard until it came to rest against a fence post.
This particular old truck had been sitting in a shed for the last 30 years. It is mostly complete except for a pilfered radiator and carburetor.
I must admit, I had buyer's remorse before I even handed over the money when I first saw it. It looked rough. But the more I looked, I saw that the usual problem rust areas were not there. I had actually seen a lot worse for a lot more money. So that was some relief.
I had brought my 9 and 5 year old sons along to look at the truck. Their votes swayed me to take it the three hours back home.
We trailered the old truck to my Dad's place (far easier for my wife to say OK if she doesn't have to see it every day) where my Dad tells me the bed of the truck doesn't look right.
Sure enough, I find an International Harvester tag on the box (we think late 1930's.) I'm not sure if the rear fenders are IH or Chevrolet. They seem to match the front fenders and fit well with the running boards. I don't even know what IH fenders would have looked like.
This will be my first restoration and with me being a realist, I know it will take more than a couple of years to complete.
My Dad is a professional refinisher, mostly industrial and agriculture equipment. He has been sandblasting old car and truck parts for years, too. He has taken a shine to the pickup since I bought it and even started opening up the tranny to see why it doesn't want to roll. I'm hoping he'll want to do a lot on the truck, especially at a "family rate."
I want to keep it stock but will probably go with a late 235 engine if the 216 is stuck.
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