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1946 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton Truck


Owned by


Jan de Graaf
Bolter # 6709

01 December 2007
# 2145

From Jan :

           Seven years ago, I bought a house that is almost finished now. My kids are five and six now and I have a little more time to do my preferred thing. I am grease-monkey.

           As I am a pilot on a Airbus A330, I saw the Art Deco Chevy pickup truck 1946, on one of my trips to the United States. It was love at first sight. When the finance was there, I sat down in the middle of the night bidding on eBay on a 1946 3/4-ton (that's the blue pickup).

           One week later, I saw another pickup truck, in better shape and it was my preferred one. It was a 1/2-ton shortbed. A few month's later, two trucks arrived in the Antwerp Habour in Belgium. I sold the blue one to a friend and kept the sound 1/2-ton.

           The 1/2-ton truck came from a lady in Georgia who's husband passed away and sold some of her husband's collectibles.

           The truck looks rusty, but it is incredible how it stood against the time and elements. Absolutely nothing is rotted and there is no paint left -- nowhere! ( Interior - frame - engine - view from the side )

           At this time, I am installing an 305 cubic inch engine from a Caprice and a T-5 gearbox to give it a bit more oomph. The rest I am planning to keep stock in appearance.

           All the bits and pieces are been shipped and flown in from the States. Since we have the advantage (now that the US dollar is low against the Euro), it's a pleasure to shop in the US.

           Keep you updated.


Jan de Graaf


           Great choice in trucks. I've always loved those art deco models. That must be a tight fit getting the small block v8 in there. I know it'll fit as I've seen it done before. It looks like you're well under way getting the truck torn down and a motor ready to install. Keep us all updated with your progress. Hope your buddy has been able to spin some wrenches on the blue truck. ~~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome (Panel) Wagon