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  Owned by Bill Bernard
"261fun"
Bolter # 18407
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada
01 July 2008

Canada Day
# 2366

From Bill :

           My truck is a 1949 Chev 3100 1/2-ton. I purchased it as a retirement project (I have not quite 5 years to go with the Navy) but just couldn't let it sit in the garage waiting for the golden years. So, as you can see I've started with some simple mechanical work.

This is my first restoration and I am loving it! It takes lots of money and time but my wife always knows where to find me -- yes in the garage.

           I've replaced the 216 [ pix ] with a fully overhauled 261 [ pix ] . I did a 6v to 12v conversion. I added some bolt on accessories.

           For years I have been looking for an old Chev to restore. When I found out about this 1949 Chev, it reminded me of the old GMC 1/2-ton (see picture) which my Father told me he bought new for $1500. The people in the picture are all relatives -- mostly first cousins. Dad is on the right. This picture was taken in the mid to late '50's. I only arrived in 1960, so I don't remember the truck. I've only seen pictures and heard stories.

           I'm the second owner of this truck since it came to Canada. The previous owner had it only for a couple of years and was too busy with other projects so he sold it to me. He wanted my word that I wouldn't chop it up ... well, I may hop it up a little.

           The truck originated in the US and then was hauled to Canada about five or six years ago. That's as much of its history I have. I will research it in time.

           I have completed all of the work myself except the actual cylinder boring.

           This Stovebolt site is great. With info from this site, it builds confidence in a first time restoration and overhaul project. I have not joined the forum yet but I will very soon.

THANK YOU!

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