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AD Chevy Trucks

Chevy trucks

Over 6,000 pictures
Brad Allen has an awesome collection of Chevrolet factory pictures that he has set up from film strips.

This one is on AD Chevy trucks (1947-1955).

Lots of work on Brad's part ... pure enjoyment for you.


 
19 November 2012
# 2990

   
  Owned by
Nick Cavallaro
"NJC"
Bolter # 32521
Maryland
 

1948 Chevrolet 3100 1/2-Ton

 

 

From Nick :

My old truck is a 1948 Chevrolet 3100 1/2-ton. It was parked in a fellow's yard in front of his house in Joppa, Maryland.

I am originally from New Jersey and was working in MD at the time. I had garage space at my Mother's place in NJ. So, in 1992 I bought the truck and took it up there. I would head "home" on weekends to work on it with my cousin

We got the truck running in 1993. In 1994 we started a frame off restoration. We had the cab off and had it dipped at a place in Southern Pennsylvania. Being an East Coast-truck, there was a lot of rust on it. We welded on the patch panels and primered it.

I had to stop in 1995 when other priorities came into play. Essentially, the truck was left in pieces in my Mother's garage for 16 years. There were a few naysayers who said I would never finish the truck.

In 2009, I went to a truck show and met a guy with a 1953 Chevy 1/2-ton. It was good inspiration. Plus, my kids were now older and out of diapers. My one son even likes to "help." I had more time to work on the truck.

So by late 2009, I re-started the project moving pieces of the truck to my garage in Bel Air, Maryland.

When I got the pieces back, we evaluated the frame and it had some holes in it. I found another frame that would be better than what I had. We started chipping away on the project.

I'm glad I decided to do a frame off since we detected so much rust. The floor board was a mess. The metal needed a lot of attention.

I got the truck registered and put on the road in December 2011. I have only put 1,000 miles on it. The first show I went to was the ATHS Tri-State Show in Winchester, Virginia in 2012. The trip was good and the truck held up well. I was only there for a day but it was good to meet up with the Old Dominion Stovebolt Society gang.

All the patch panels and welding were done by myself, warts and all. I ended up mounting the cab on a 1953 frame.

Also the rear, drivetrain, and engine are different, allowing me to cruise the interstates.

This classic truck has a 1956 235 Stovebolt engine in it. It's been converted to 12 volt. Front disc brakes, safety belts, and turn signals were added. I added the dual master cylinders for the brakes.

I spray-painted the truck using Rustoleum Hunter Green.

I am happy with how the truck has turned out for my first restoration job. All told, I spent about $8,000 on the truck from my original investment of $1,000 for a rusty, holes-in-the-floors, non-running pickup truck. I had absolutely no experience when I took on this project and the Stovebolt site is a true gift from God. I work a part time job to fund this. It's the bane of this hobby: money vs time.

I like old trucks and liked the challenge of restoring it. It's a great hobby. Been at it for 20 years and still feel the same. Must have since in 2011, I got myself a 1952 Chevy Suburban. I am doing things a little different on the Suburban than I did on my this truck.

My half ton is in the garage now. When the Suburban comes back, it'll have a car cover on it. Get it in the spring and try to get the guy to work slow so he'll have it all winter in a shop. It will be long project.

 

Nick

 

 

Nick has been in the truck restoration process for over 20 years! He's got one done: a 1948 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100; and he's got one that's a real restoration work -- a 1952 Chevy Suburban.

 

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