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1960 Grumman 1-Ton Bread Truck

Owned by

Jamie Cochrum
Bolter # 15436
Crete, Illinois

 

01 February 2008
# 2214

From Jamie :

          Here are some photos from this past summer’s project. It is a 1960 Grumman 1-ton bread truck with a Chevy chassis. [ Another shot from the front ] It has a good running 235 cubic inch engine and 4-speed transmission. A buddy of mine, Jeff, who is a junk man, had picked up this sleepy old bread truck and had it sitting out for all to see. I remember it catching my eye and my first thought was to make it an ice cream truck for my girls.

          Well, now that it belongs to us, it has gone everywhere. In between, we have all had some fun talking and joking about what to transform this all aluminum jem into for fun.

          We are stripping the paint chemically. [ Shot of the rear ] Some say we should leave the loaf of bread on the sides [ great picture here ] and others want to slam it low and make it a rat rod. I just want to go low budget. It’s not really a rod with its up draft carburetor. I gave it to my old carb expert, and turns out it just needed a good cleaning. We re-installed it with some fresh gas and it popped. One more crank and it was running smoothly. Now the clutch seems to work but we are going to rebuild the brakes this year.

          I am going to need rubber for the eight-lug 19.5" wheels. Maybe some new sway bars and probably tie rods. The transmission and clutch are fine and I am putting a new master and slaves in along with new lines. Next up is the bushings.

          I've read about Kent’s ice cream truck. Pretty cool! I have many other projects besides this one.

          Anyone care to make comments or have ideas for parts, feel free to drop me a line.

          I would like any positive information on this work of art in progress. ("Art" inside out spells "rat" !!)

Jamie Cock rum

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