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Owned by John Butson
New Zealand

23 June 2009
# 2621

From John :

Well, it's the middle of winter down here and we have not been up to many car-type things!

This is our 1946 Chev Art Deco pickup truck. Basically, the truck was built up out of three other donor vehicles. It runs with a rebuilt 350 Chevy V-8 through turbo 350. The transmission is a 10 bolt differential on original springs. The front suspension is Holden Monaro 1971 with a narrowed manual rack and pinion from a VL Holden Commodore. The wheels are either Astro Supremes (from KIWI KONNECTION in Bakersfield, California), with narrow whitewall radials or original 15 inch 1955 Belair wheels with Firestone widewhites crossplys.

These trucks where quite plentiful in New Zealand in the 1960s but are now reasonably scarce. I'm struggling to find an exterior sun visor .

The logo on the door -- MOONSHINE MOTORS -- is a fictitious company based in ATHOL (birth place and name of my late Father) which was (ironically) established in 1946!

We also have a 1960 Belair 4 door sedan (looking for rear guard hip trim and wheel spats -- any leads would be appreciated). It has right hand drive, 283/3speed, 20/18 inch KMC alloys. We have owned it for six years. It runs HEI and Q/JET. It's almost driven daily and regularly tows our six-berth caravan.




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