1951 Chevy COE 5700
From David :
I bought this 1951 Chevy COE on eBay. I probably paid a bit more than I should have but it was one of those "I got to have it" things. I always wanted a cab over --- I just like the looks of them.
This truck was in Washington state and I had it shipped to my "toy shop" in Canaan, Connecticut.
Apparently, this old truck was used on a farm -- as a farm truck, so I was told. The seller said that there were a couple of ramps that he would send with it if I wanted them. I figured why not? I could find use for them.
When the truck arrived, the ramps were on the bed. The only problem was that they were built for a bulldozer. Two men had all they could do to lift them. There was a spot on the back of the truck where they fit into.
I noticed cleat markings on the wood deck and behind the seat was a sign that said "Bulldozing." So I am assuming that it hauled a small bulldozer of some sort. It may have been a farm truck; but it definitely hauled something with tracks.
As far as I can tell, everything is original on this truck and everything works except the 2 speed rear. It has 76,000 original miles (speedo still works). The floors in this thing are rock solid. It has a few issues but nothing that can't be fixed.
I thought at first that maybe a hotrod hauler would be cool. However, after reading the Big Bolt Forum, I think I will keep it as stock as I can. I more than likely will do a complete resto on it. Maybe a few upgrades but basically I will keep it stock. I will probably put a flat bed back on it.
I hope to start on this project soon and will keep you updated as work progresses. And I am sure that I will be asking many questions on the Big Bolt Forum. The guys over there have more knowledge about these trucks than I ever could imagine. What a great site.
Can't wait to drive it.