1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton 1314
From Bob :
My is my 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton model 1314 (same as US 3104). Believed to have been sold to a co-op elevator in Sceptre, Saskatchewan then to Gordon Widdis of Sceptre. It had been purchased from Widdis in 2007 by another individual in Regina but, unfortunately, health problems prevented him from proceeding with the project. I understand it was in a shed for many years after being parked. I found the truck on eBay in May 2008.
The truck is essentially complete except for the seat, the parking brake lever and the horn. A 216 engine still resides under the hood. Once the front sheet metal is off, this will be checked to see if it is salvageable. We will also check to see if it is the original number 148045 reported by GM Canada.
The truck has two heaters under the dash (cold Saskatchewan winters) and a bottle opener screwed to the passenger side door post (hot Saskatchewan summers).
So far, I have located steel rear fenders (to replace the "bobbed" ones on the truck), a dash to replace the existing one that was cut to install a radio, and better steel front fenders. Through the Swap Shop in The Stovebolt Page, I got a parking brake lever and have a line on a seat -- not to mention a ton of ideas from the Stovebolt forums.
From GM Canada records the truck was made on May 2, 1946, shipped on May 9 and is number 2907 made in Oshawa, Ontario in the 1946 model year. The last license plate on the vehicle is 1970.
The ID plate lists colour as "Spec" with trim as 392 (Brown Leatherette). The base exterior colour appears to have been orange (both fenders and body) with red, green, black and white having been applied over the years.
My first reconstruction and I appear to have lucked out -- no rust through found on the cab or fenders. The worst rust found is behind the windshield wiper motor covers. A speaker had been cut into this and birds found it an ideal nesting site!
This will be a good project!