Jeff Backus'

1939 Chevrolet Longbed Pickup

"The Ox"


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Jeff sold this truck in March 2013. Said it will be making a trip to Germany. ~ Editor

6 March 2006
# 1400

From Jeff:

         Here's my line-up. The new truck, a 2005 Chevy 2500 -- The Binder ( 1936 International 1/2-Ton Pickup ) -- The Ox (1939 Chevy Longbed).

Jeff Backus
"Rusty Rod "
Bolter # 2990
Fallbrook, California


07 February 2003

From Jeff:

         This is my 1939 Chevy Longbed Pickup (titled as a 1938) nicknamed "The Ox."

         I found The Ox on the internet and talked my father into taking a 4th of July 2000 road trip from Oceanside, California to Grants Pass, Oregon. We drove up in a '77 Chevy pickup with a 454 and got the standard 10 mpg. After losing a "dickering" battle on the price, we loaded The Ox on to a U-Haul trailer for the long drive home (at 7 mpg). Originally, I was going to "get it running," because "It ran when it was parked" ... RIGHT! 

         After finding water everywhere there was supposed to only be oil, it was on to plan B. I started tearing The Ox down in October 2000.  After lots of bagging and tagging and scraping and cleaning and painting, I started reassembly of The Ox around March 2001. I installed a bolt-in rearend from a '76 Chevy pickup, a wore out 283, a 700R4 tranny, a Heidts IFS with Camaro disks and a '76 Chevy brake system. 

         I fired up The Ox in June 2001 and took it for the first spin down the street and back with open exhausts.  My wife got happy and ran the video camera for me. I've had so much fun driving around that I haven't done any major work since then. Just enjoying putting on over 5000 miles, including attending a car show in Yuma, Arizona in March 2002 (Midnight at the Oasis). 

         The Ox is on jack stands from August 2002 until August 2003 while I'm deployed to Japan. I'll be starting the serious body work when I get back and installing a fresh 327, too. I've been keeping lots of notes and taking lots of pix of this project, so feel free to ask for information. The pix here is of The Ox after a quick hosing with a couple dozen spray bombs to hide the spotty blue paint!

Thanks,

Jeff Backus
"Rusty Rod "
Bolter # 2990
Fallbrook, California

         Gotta like the style of that old 39! Nice truck Jeff - thanks for the submission. ~~ Curator



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