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#919768 - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:48 AM Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506)
Tony D El Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 10 2013 09:10 AM
Posts: 47
Loc: Northern California
Hi Folks,

Wanted to say hello and introduce myself and my old chunk of iron. Been lurking about getting all kinds of great info from you guys so thought I oughta show you all what I've been hiding. Hope you like it.

My name is Tony and I live in Northern California at the 4000 ft level of the Sierra. My truck, which I've always referred to as "Bigtruck" (although not so big after checking out some other rides around here) is a military 1942 Chevrolet G-506 (Panel). The G-506 refers to the 1 1/2 ton 4x4 trucks made by Chevy that came in various configurations starting in Aug. 1941. I'm Not sure when they stopped producing them. They share axles and "closed cabs" with the much celebrated GMC 6x6 CCKW (G-508) that was also very common in WW2. BTW, a great place with photos of these trucks is at www.vehiclesofvictory.com

I aquired this rig way back in '77. I saw it parked on a main road in the East Bay (SF area) with a "for sale" sign on it and I just had to get it. Very big, panel truck, 4x4, and just too cool. So we worked out a deal and she's been in my custody ever since. The powertrain worked very well and all I had to do was get the braking system in order which allowed me to have a lot of fun Booniewhompin in our local hills and mudholes. What fun! Well, here we are still after all of these years. As you can see by the pictures, father time has had his way with this old girl. But I've been working on her. Just last year I installed newly sleeved master and wheel cylinders along with a rebuilt Hydrovac and all new brakelines. The engine and the rest of the powertrain appear to be strong but it's been many years since she's hit the road, so we'll see how that will go, hopefully soon. Just two weeks ago I procured 4 "like new" tires (7.50x20), but hit a bit of a snag when I had the existing wheels taken apart. There is quite a bit of rust (who woulda thought?) inside the rim and my local tire fellas backed out. After careful cleaning I think the rims are ok, as the mating surfaces of the lockring and rim appear to have good integrity. More on that in another forum (except to say thanks for your "tech tip" on tires and wheels. Very informative.).

So that's it. I would love to hear any feedback or questions in regard to this truck, or these types of trucks and related issues. Fantastic site! Thanks so much.

Tony

http://s1293.beta.photobucket.com/user/Milibolt/library/Big%20Truck%20G%20506
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1942 Chevrolet 1 1/2-ton (G-506 Military) Panel
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#919772 - Thu Feb 14 2013 02:58 AM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
baldeagle Offline

Registered: Mon Mar 27 2000 12:00 PM
Posts: 2768
Loc: Richardson, TX, USA
Dude, that is way beyond cool.
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#919781 - Thu Feb 14 2013 03:36 AM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
Tony D El Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 10 2013 09:10 AM
Posts: 47
Loc: Northern California
Thanks Paul. Yeah, I think so too. Nice to hear you say it. Motivating.
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#919803 - Thu Feb 14 2013 06:01 AM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
Britcon Offline
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Registered: Wed May 12 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 1513
Loc: Birch Bay, WA
What a great truck ! Just has the " look "
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#919948 - Thu Feb 14 2013 04:53 PM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
Rich'sToys Offline
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Registered: Wed Jul 28 2004 12:00 PM
Posts: 2802
Loc: Janesville, Mn
I agree. VERY cool truck!! Welcome to the Bolt!
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#920018 - Fri Feb 15 2013 04:36 AM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
Tony D El Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 10 2013 09:10 AM
Posts: 47
Loc: Northern California
I really appreciate the feedback. Been checking out you guy's rides as well. Nice working trucks, rodded truck "vrooom vrooom", and great to see.

A couple of other bits of info on the truck I thought I could share. I'm pretty sure mine was put out as a K-51 radio truck. From what I gather these were some of the most powerful "mobile" radios of that time. The radio and other necessities were in the truck itself. The sizable trailer that was part of the rig was essentially just the generator. The reason I think my rig was one of these are some minor distortions and brazed holes on the sides that seem consistent with the toolboxes and spools that I've seen in pictures of that setup. Also, it wasn't long after mine was built (June 42) the war dept. didn't allow any advertising on the trucks, so to speak, so the embossed "Chevrolet" on the sides of the hood "where I've painted it black, didn't appear on later versions.

Thanks guys.

Tony
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1942 Chevrolet 1 1/2-ton (G-506 Military) Panel
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#920057 - Fri Feb 15 2013 08:02 AM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
Stranger Online
Shop Shark
Registered: Mon Mar 12 2012 12:01 AM
Posts: 178
Loc: Madrid, Iowa 50156
Hey Tony,

That truck is beyond NICE!!!!! I've been into the 4x4 thing for a long while, and your ride, made the ol heart skip a few beats!!
By far the best 4x4 party wagon (panel) I've seen in awhile! Oh, yes, WELCOME to the BOLT!!! Thanks for sharing and keep us informed!!
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1955 Second Series Chevrolet Shortbox NAPCO with a Rockwell Transfer Case
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#926306 - Sun Mar 10 2013 01:26 PM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: Tony D El]
John Milliman Offline
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Registered: Fri Nov 10 1995 12:00 PM
Posts: 5454
Loc: Mechanicsville, MD
Tony,

Just saw your truck (Peggy;s been doing Stovebolt.com stuff, I've been farming all weekend ... smile )... As Paul says, waaaaaaaay cool truck, Bro! Makes me want to go out to the pole barn and throw rocks at my M817!

Welcome aboard! Stay in touch!

Regards,
John
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1949 Chevrolet 3800
1963 Dodge M-37B-1 Power Wagon
1965 GMC-Darley Tanker For Sale!
1971 Kaiser Jeep M-817 5-ton Dump truck
1972 GMC 9500 Road Tractor

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#926737 - Mon Mar 11 2013 05:26 PM Re: Tony's 42 Chevy 1 1/2 ton 4x4 panel (G-506) [Re: John Milliman]
Tony D El Offline
New Guy
Registered: Sun Feb 10 2013 09:10 AM
Posts: 47
Loc: Northern California
Uh, thanks GORT, er, I mean, John. Hey, why are you looking at me like that? Keep the visor DOWN! Please.
Nah. Seriously, thanks man. Glad you like it and thanks for the warm welcome. I've been diggin old trucks my whole life, and it's great to be around all ya all.
Yeah, Peg does that Stovebolt stuff all right. Has me featured on this months cover, oh yes she does !
Saw that big 5 tonner of yours. Gigante ! Muy bueno !

Easy, guy.
Tony

P.S. Go easy on that M817 eek
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