06 July 2014
1937 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Justin :
My Grandfather bought this truck new in Rock Springs, Wyoming -- that is where my whole family is from and where I grew up. I lived there until I was 18 and joined the Navy and saw the world. My family still lives there.
It was a coal mining town - not really a farm; not really a ranch. We were "city folk" by Wyoming standards. My Grandfather was a truck driver and he did work for the pipeline.
The original truck color was red with black fenders. My Granddad painted it Mack Green. The company had finished painting all their trucks and had some paint left over. Grandpa got permission to take some home, along with some brushes ... and he painted the truck Mack Green, which you see here (except for under the hood which is still red).
The interior - the dash looks pretty good and the gauges may only need to be cleaned up. The interior is blue and black (?) and the black is starting to flake off.
My Grandfather did a lot of things - built houses, repaired old trucks and cars. So, he kept everything related to this truck.
My Granddad died in 1964 and the old truck was still running. My Dad drove the truck all through high school back (still in Rock Springs) until he went off to the Navy in 1969.
The truck was was still running well then. When Dad headed out, he pulled the battery and put the truck up on blocks. When he came back after four years, he wasn't really interested in the truck. He's not a mechanical guy. So, there it sat.
So earlier this year, a couple of close friends went with me for a week long trip from SE Wisconsin to Wyoming to bring "Wylburr Clyde" back to Kenosha. Besides the truck, we had a lot of the original parts, plus various parts that Granddad had acquired during the years. We pulled lots of spare parts of of the old shed.
I have the original motor in a crate. We have the original seats (not in the truck).
So, we are the third third (me) and fourth (daughter) generations owning this truck and we are trying to get it back on the road.
Wylburr Clyde - we couldn't decide between the two names. Wilber with the WY because it coming from WYoming; brr because it's cold in Wisconsin. Clyde came from my buddy who went with with me to get the truck. He thought it screamed from the Bonnie and Clyde era.
We want to see if we can get it started. We'll also go through the brake system (always a good idea to be able to stop once you've got it started). Haven't been able to get it started yet. We just drained the oil, pulled plugs, lubbed it, pulled the valve covers off. We are going to get the fuel system cleaned up.
I was on the VCCA forum for a while and decided to hang with you good folks as well. Love the content on both sites and the information is incredibly valuable. Thanks for the great site!
We found some markings by the ID tag on the cowl of the truck that said "June 1937" written about five times. Dad didn't know who or why. We know from the tag the truck was made in May of 1937 so we don't know what that was all about.
My daughter helps a lot with the truck. She took a lot of the pictures. She is excited about working on it.
Home | FAQ | Forum | Swap Meet | Gallery | Tech Tips | Links | Events | Features | Search | Hoo-ya Shop