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Owned by Tony Caldwell
Fairfield, Texas
01 June 2008
# 2334

From Tony :

           I purchased a 1947 Chevrolet ton and a half and have been working on it for a few years. It started as a cab and chassis when I received it but I feel that it had been used as a grain truck, maybe hauling wheat, since it originated in South Dakota.

           The truck had the original 216 CID 6-cylinder and 4-speed transmission and was in running order. I thought it was exactly what I needed on the ranch.

           I guess I learned differently. The engine seemed strong and had plenty of power. However, in shifting and trying to double clutch, I lost enough speed in the process that I usually needed to downshift again. The top speed was around 45 mph.

           I thought of changing out the transmission with a 5-speed to give me a little more top end. I decided to go a little further and, after talking to a few good buddies with more knowledge, I decided to go with a Chevy 350, a 700r4 transmission, and now can do anything and pull anything I hook up to.

           Now, I don't know what top end is -- faster than I want to go! So, power steering and power brakes were a necessity also.

           The body is a custom made bed from Aerotow, with a gooseneck hookup and a tool and tank from Northern Tool that holds 91 gallons. The tires are 7.50X20's.

           I had a 2005 Chevrolet 3/4-ton diesel and sold it because this truck serves my every need. It is used day in and day out, all day long. Here are some more photos -- engine / side view / interior -- and there are more available on my Flckr account.

           I have enjoyed building, using, and driving the truck. I also enjoy the looks, stares, googles, and questions. I have been asked many times to enter it in various shows and even been approached by a few companies to use it for photo shoots with their trailers. I know it is not a stock issue truck, but well worth it.

           I have always loved the "old" stuff. The truck was built the year I was born. Kinda nice being the same age and still going!!!!! I also hate having something that sits up and never used or enjoyed. If that's the case, why have it?;

Tony Caldwell
J-C Ranch


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