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#821945 - Wed Feb 01 2012 01:31 PM 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham
Britcon Offline
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Registered: Wed May 12 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 1561
Loc: Birch Bay, WA
Finally getting around to posting in the Gallery !
My truck is a 1940 KC that has been " rodded ", with a 327 Chevy small block bored .060 over, roller rockers, cam, edelbrock intake and carb, ceramic coated headers, balanced, with hypereutetic pistons, etc., etc. Trans. is a TH 350 with a shift kit, and rear-end is from a '56 chev car - 3.42 gears and posi. Front end is a Mustang 2, with 9" Granada disc brakes, and a power rack. Rear brakes are drum. Wheels are Torquer 2 style - 17", with 275 rubber all around.
History: I purchased the truck in 2004 after looking for a number of years. It started its life on a Dairy Farm near San Francisco. Fellow I purchased it from bought it from the farmer in 1960, slid in a camper, and took the family camping thru Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado in the " stock " truck. He dropped in a 327 HiPo motor from a '66 Chevelle, added the 350 trans, and rear-end in the mid seventies, retired to Oregon in '94, and had the stock front end swapped out for the Mustang 2 setup. When I bought the truck it was in pretty sad shape. Motor was burning oil and knocking, filler in fenders was cracking, interior was shot. I thought I would just pretty it up with a new paint job and mechanical stuff...HA HA HA ! Spoke to a friend who owns a body shop. He convinced me that throwing a coat of paint over the problems was a waste of money - that I had something pretty unique, and should do it right. So, I tore her down to the bare frame, stripped the body to bare metal. Luckily, body was in decent shape with only a bit of rust on the cab corners front and rear. Front fenders were OK / rear fenders were beat to heck !. Had 1" filler everywhere, and bad rust. I ended up finding a set that were a little better and having body guy fix them. Motor was stripped and rebuilt, trans and rear-end got a going thru, sent cab & body parts out for painting. Box was shot - totally beat up, tail gate bent and rusted. Found a local sheetmetal shop that reproduced the bed sides and front panel, and bought a tailgate. Had an Upholstery Shop redo the existing seats and interior, put her all back together, and a mere 3.5 years later, and much more $$$ than I had ever imagined, we are back on the road.
It was worth every cent, and hour spent. We love the truck, hit as many shows as we can in the summer, have met some great people along the way.......
You can check out some pics at: http://community.webshots.com/user/britcon
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1940 Chevy KC 1/2-Ton
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#821948 - Wed Feb 01 2012 01:46 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]
Husker Offline
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Registered: Sat Apr 24 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 568
Loc: Utah
She's a beaut' for sure! I love that shade of blue, too. Thanks for posting! thumbs_up
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#821952 - Wed Feb 01 2012 02:19 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Husker]
Bread Offline
Registered: Thu Feb 05 2009 07:32 PM
Posts: 370
Loc: Japan
Mr. Bruce,
Your tuck is inspiring and you really don't see too many 40's running around. Great jog on the build and I like the history as well.

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#824663 - Thu Feb 09 2012 10:05 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]
cuz Offline
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Registered: Mon Mar 21 2011 03:28 PM
Posts: 24
Loc: mo.newmadrid
one super sharp show truck .
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#824994 - Fri Feb 10 2012 10:00 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: cuz]
Achipmunk Offline
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15529
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
....and it looks even better in person. I got to tell Bruce how nice back in June 2010. (say hello to Tammy for Victoria and I)
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#826269 - Tue Feb 14 2012 05:21 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Achipmunk]
Britcon Offline
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Registered: Wed May 12 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 1561
Loc: Birch Bay, WA
Thanks guys....the credit goes to " Husker " who lit a fire under my butt to get the pics / story posted *g*
Alvin......everytime I see one of those cooking shows from down your way I think we have got to get back there one of these days *G*
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1940 Chevy KC 1/2-Ton
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#831425 - Thu Mar 01 2012 08:38 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]
Al_Lake Offline
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Registered: Sat Jan 29 2011 12:36 PM
Posts: 84
Loc: Missoula, MT
Awesome truck Bruce, inspires us all.
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#833171 - Wed Mar 07 2012 04:41 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Al_Lake]
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Registered: Sun Sep 24 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 2433
Loc: Maple Ridge, BC
Hey Bruce, nice article on your truck, and like Alvin says, it looks even better in person. You didn't mention the chick-magnet aspect of the truck. Just kidding Tammy!
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#833756 - Fri Mar 09 2012 02:52 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Super55]
Britcon Offline
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Registered: Wed May 12 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 1561
Loc: Birch Bay, WA
*L*....Tammy chases away anyone who gets within 5', especially the good looking ladies ! She assures me its only to keep those darn purses from scratching the paint...
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1940 Chevy KC 1/2-Ton
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#834540 - Mon Mar 12 2012 11:23 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]
burgundybolt Offline
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Registered: Sat Sep 30 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 537
Loc: Maple Ridge B.C.Canada
it is definitely a sweeet ride. That's the only way to go, in the weeds asphalt scrape'in
rumbl'in hot rod. I never tire of drooling over your truck every time we see it.

nice to see it in the gallery, got to get off my butt and set up a web shot gallery for my trucks too.

cheers!

Mike
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