1942 Chevy 1 1/2-Ton
From Dave :
As a kid (some 50 years ago), I use to ride in this 1942 Chevy 1.5-truck when I was a summer camper. The truck took us to canoe trips and field trips. Every Saturday we got our allowance and went to the drugstore to load up on 10 minutes worth of candy!
Five years ago we bought that camp (Camp Tosebo in Manistee, Michigan) that we run today as a resort rental.
I knew where that old Art Deco truck was but I couldn't get the owner to part with it. He kept saying he was going to restore it. Ha-Ha.
In October of 2008, the truck owner's wife finally convinced him to give it to me. This old truck had been sitting in a field for over 25 years and was up to the frame in mud. The wrecker got it to roll out and by the beginning of June 2009, I was able to re-create the box on the back and drive it into a reunion of former campers.
I still have a speedometer and gas gauge to fix, but it's a real nostalgic piece up here and special for me.
Dan Kowolski (located here) of Kowolski Body Shop did the body work. He knew what was going to need work on the body before he ever saw the truck. I probably should have just replaced the engine. It had been replaced in the early 1960's and was badly re-built in the mid '60's. There are some good pictures of the restoration journey on our Flickr account.
This winter and next spring, I'll work on a removable canvas top and side curtains. I'll get some better benches in the back.
It really helps to have original photos of the same truck from the early 50's for paint and accessories - plus my own memories from the 60's!