Mike Walls and Lisa Clement's
1945 Chevy 2-Ton
15 November 2005 Update
From Mike and Lisa:
The 1945 Chevy 2-ton has not had much attention paid to it. We have had it running but there is some small problem with gas flow. We have started stripping out the interior, and to our not so suprised eyes, we found the remenant of it's former seats had been relocated to inside the doors.
Now that winter has returned, the truck shall take it's place as a snow fence, and once again don it's Christmas lights for the upcoming season.
Don't forget to check up on their 1946 Chevy 3/4-ton and Lisa's latest addition (June 2007) of a 1951 Chevy 2-ton. ~~ Editor
02 August 2005 Update
From Mike and Lisa:
Very little progress has been made on our 2-ton. We are getting ready to rebuild the carb. We finally got it running though there is no connection to the fuel tank. The previous owner had a makeshift tank attached to the side of the truck. We have removed this tank and are looking into the cost of redoing the gas tank.
We have also removed the exhaust "stacks" from the sides of the cab. At present, there is a hive of bees living in the recess behind the wiper plates. Therefore I have not been able to do much, as I am allergic to bees.
Russell Manitoba, Canada
(was-a-town called Millwood, MB)
I'd say there's a good bet that Tempest didn't take the picture recently -- considering most of North America is melting under a heatwave this summer! ~~ Editor
13 December 2004
From Mike and Lisa:
Mike Walls & Lisa Clement are proud to introduce their new addition to their family:
1945 Chevy 2-Ton
Once upon a time, a family of Stovebolt Lovers ('41 to '46 to be precise) were on their way to the city to do the monthly shopping trip. They stopped for gas at a convenience store and picked up a local classified ads paper. Flipping to the antiques and the trucks first (as they had found their '46 Chevy 3/4-ton in this paper), they checked for other finds. Low and behold the first listing under trucks was a 1943 Chevy 2-ton. Quickly, they grabbed the cell phone and made the call. Through a lot of static, a bit of fighting with reception, finally the call went through. The lady on the other end seemed shocked that we were so interested in the old truck that her husband had dragged out of the recesses of the barn.
The family made the arrangements, got the directions, and finally counted the dollars in the pockets and wallets. After a VERY quick run through Walmart, the family proceeded to Rokenville, Sk. following the signs, and low and behold ... there, just off the field, the truck was sitting. The gentleman came out of the house and took the family to look over the truck.
After a quick inspection of the outside, noting a few bullet holes here and there in the body and the remains of the glass, the inside was when checked out. The gentleman proceeded to tell the family that the truck had been parked out in a barn on their old farm. Now that they were retired, they moved closer to town. They decided to sell the truck at this time and quite quickly found a buyer for it. However, it was after this that the truck met the unfortunate demise of being some jerks idea of the perfect sighting target and had shot the truck a number of times (we have counted 6 holes).
The buyer backed out of the deal and so the truck sat, lonely and forgotten in the back of a barn. The gentleman, being a thrifty and inventive kind of guy, (he showed us his little tractor made out of a snowblower ... top speed 1/2 a mile per hour), his converted grainary/shed/fishing shack, complete with windows, kitchen table, and stove, and finally his Volkswagen go-cart made from a shortened Volkswagen and a snowmobile). In his inventive-mode, the guy came across the old truck once again and decided that it wasn't useful for his conversion ideas due to it's size. And, since they no longer farm (thus would not be a good bale wagon), it was time to send it down the road.
What luck! the family thought. Most of the truck was there. The bullet holes were relatively small and they knew a guy that could cut new glass for it. Also, after a look at the identification plate, the truck revealed it self not to be a '43, but a '45.
The gentleman also told the family about the number of calls he had received regarding the truck but when he informed the would-be buyers that it did not have a chrome grill, the truck was quickly turned down. The family explained the difference between the painted grill and the chrome grill to the gentleman. The family then forked out the cash and called it a deal. The gentleman then invited the family into the house for some coffee, homemade buns, and homemade Saskatoon jam. The gentleman's wife showed him the skin of an eight foot cougar that her son shot, skinned and stuffed for her. They talked of fishing and ice shacks, and visited for nearly three hours. Because the family had driven out in a GEO Metro, they had to leave the truck behind but promised to return for it soon.
Once back home, they visited their neighbor and told him of their new find. He agreed to go and fetch the new addition the following weekend.
The day finally came, and off they went. After taking a few short cuts, braving the hills in a truck which desperately needs a new tranny, they arrived once again at the farm. The gentleman steered the truck up the ramps as it was winched into place. The straps were placed and tightened down, and away the truck went to its new home. After some discussion as where to place this new addition, the earlier purchased '46 3/4-ton was moved into a sheltered spot behind the garage, and the '45 was placed in the middle of the front yard. With Christmas coming, and the desire to do something different then everyone else, rather then have a Christmas Tree, the family would have a Christmas Truck!!!
We hope to have the '46 3/4-ton and the '45 2-ton fully operational by next Canada Day along with my father's '46 1/2-ton we think that they would make a unique addition to the local Canada Day parades.
Serial Number: 5154301421
Model Number: 1543
Trim Code: 359
Paint Code: 532
Lisa Clement (Temptest) and Mike Walls
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