1947 First Series Chevrolet 2-Ton
From Bill :
This big Bolt came from Hayes, Kansas. I bought it from the Mack dealer there (Hayes Mack). He was a cattle rancher and had this truck on his farm for years.
I was surprised that he was even selling it. It's a small dealership about 10 miles out of the little town. When I was out there to look at a truck, He said he had something for me ... a 1947 Chevy. I told him I wasn't really interested in anything that old. He thought it would be good for my collection and convinced me to come out and just take a look.
So, we drove about two miles and headed to his barn to see it. When he opened the barn doors, there were two old International combines that were self-propelled. They both were in immaculate condition. And then there was the '47 Chevy 2-ton. I was amazed. It was so clean and straight ... I changed my mind instantly ... I wanted that truck!
We took the lowboy out there and brought it home. We didn't have to do any mechanical or body work to it. There was no rust. The PO had used the truck around the farm and didn't drive much on the open road other than to get grain and feed. So, it was definitely a "must have!"
We just painted the cab and front clip, and the frame, and she looked pretty darn good.
It is all original with a 216 motor. It runs smooth as a whistle but the top speed is only about 45 mph. It has the 2-speed rear end.
He also had a 1959 2-ton that I got from him later. It had a grain bed on it but he took it off.
We have driven this truck all around our farm. When it's harvest time, I have always wanted to load up the grain bed but it seems that we are in a hurry and haven't gotten that chance ... yet.
We could practically build a whole website on Bill, Wayne and now Troy's old truck collection! We are getting them into the Gallery a few at a time (since they try to focus on one truck a year -- that helps!). All their trucks have great stories. It's overwhelming and it's awesome. We were fortunate enough to see some of the fleet while in Kansas City. MO for the Annual Stovebolt Reunion at the Midwest All Truck Nationals.
If we can't do a website, at least we did an Alderson calendar to show off some of these beauties!