A 'virtual garage' of antique Chevy & GMC trucks from around the World
1947 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton Truck
05 September 2007 Update
From Diane :
I have an update for my 1947 Chevy truck, the Blue Ghost! I would like to add the photo of her new color. This photo was taken in July 2007.
I have a sticker on the back window that reads "A WOMAN AND HER TRUCK - IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING" and when I turn my visor down, I have another sticker that reads "THELMA AND LOUSIE LIVE."
The Blue Ghost turns 60 this month and I will be 60 in November ~ we've been a "team" for 31 years now and I have enjoyed her every day since I first got her. I don't know what it is with me and that truck, but we're certainly "partners." I have met so many wonderful people through the "Ghost" ~ most importantly, the man in my life now.
A bit of the "past history"... I bought the Blue Ghost (that was the name she came with when I got her) from a friend who had driven her up from Oregon back in 1972. I paid $375 for her. Mind you, over these past 31 years, I have put about $25,000 into her, but when you look at the "big picture," it's really nothing as far as paint and maintenance go ... less than $1,000 a year? Nothing compared to the happiness she has brought me!
One thing I do need is decals for my hub caps and front Chevy emblem on the hood. I bought those parts about ten years ago and within a year the lettering had worn off. I just never got around to fixing it. Since I've retired (a whole 3 months now!), I have a list of things to do and it may just take me the rest of my life to get them done, but I'm working on it!
I sold my retail business in February (after 23 years) and retired which gives me more time to spend driving the Blue Ghost. A small group of us here in Victoria go on outings ~ driving through the country side and having breakfast or lunch together. There's nothing nicer than seeing a string of old Chevy trucks traveling together!
From Diane :
This is my 1947 Chevy 1/2-ton pick up that we call "The Blue Ghost." My truck and I are the same age and I have had her for 31 years. Through The Blue Ghost I have met many wonderful people, but most important I recently met a very nice man because of her. He has a '47 Chevy pick up and I think we're going to get along just fine.
While originally blue, I did paint her white in 1985. In 1990 I had her painted blue again (that's this photo on the page). I had a 1959-1960 235 Chevy engine put in it as it was getting to be a problem double clutching in high heels!
Then again in 2006, I had the Ghost painted a slightly darker shade of blue - (sorry no recent photo). Here's a photo of the interior.
She's like an old friend to me and I still take delight in running my hands over her rounded bumpers to this day. The Ghost is as beautiful to me now as she was when I first got her. I get her serviced every six months and she runs like a top. Other than that, she's still pretty basic and easy to care for. I don't think I could have found a better vehicle to have in my life.
Thanks for letting me share her with you.