1936 Chevrolet Pickup Truck
From Sam :
This is my 1936 Chevy pickup that I completed in June 2007. It has always been a dream of mine to street rod a 1936 Chevy pickup. (Here's a view from the passenger's side.) My Father was my inspiration. He has a 1936 Chevy pickup that he built in 1963. He has always driven it as a daily driver and still drives it today.
I bought my first 1936 pickup from a guy in Oroville, California in the summer of 1989. It was in good shape, for the most part, but had its share of rust and holes. I had good intentions to build a street rod with it, but I found myself never having the time or money to start working on it.
Finally in the summer of 2005, after my kids grew up and flew out of the nest, I found I had more time and money to spend on his long-awaited project.
After disassembling the Chevy pickup and starting to sandblast, I saw that I needed to find a replacement grille shell. An internet search found a decent grille shell on eBay. When I called the person that I won the grille shell from, I asked if he had any other 1936 Chevy pickup parts and he said yes. Turns out he had most of the pickup that the grille shell came from -- less the cab.
Since he lived about three hours from me, I asked him if he wanted to sell the rest of it. He told me to bring a car trailer to pickup the grille shell and we would see what kind of deal we could do.
So I picked up the shell and towed home my $700 "parts truck." After I started disassembling the second “donor” pickup, I found that it was in better shape then my first one. I decided to use that one as my street rod. My Father had a spare cab that he was keeping in storage just in case he was in an accident. So we agreed to keep the first pickup for parts for both of our trucks and I would use his spare Cab. My donor car was a 1986 Camaro which I took the rear end, motor and 700r4 transmission out of. All of it fit perfect and I did not even have to cut the drive shaft.
Well, as you can see it went together pretty fast. Here's a picture with a little of the interior; and on this one you can see the inside door mechanism.) For the last two years, I spent almost every weekend with my Father building my dream pickup in his shop. It has a 350 SBC, 700r4, power disc brakes, power widows, power rack steering, tilt wheel and I am in the process of installing A/C.
Thank you Stovebolt for letting me tell my story!
That $700 truck looks great in the pics. Shoot I would have dragged that one home myself. You've done a beautiful job. Who would have thought that by buying a grille, you'd end up with the whole truck -- good score! I hope we'll see some pics of your Dad's truck whether it's got a patina'd paint job by Mother Nature or a shiny coat like your gorgeous truck. We don't care. We just dig old trucks period. Keep on truckin' ~~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome (Panel) Wagon
In June 2008, Sam sent us the story about his DAD'S 1936 ... what a great story. What a great-looking pair. ~ Editor