1941 Canadian Chevrolet Military Truck
Hi All! In two more work weekends, we will be about 95% complete. This has turned out to be a frame up restoration. The commercial sandblaster spent over five hours blasting away 60 years of rust and paint. When completed the truck will be located at the Camp Roberts Museum near Paso Robles, CA.
In the left photo, over the weekend, we installed the gas tanks and replaced the fuel lines. That's the club's mechanic Robert Bodeau in between the tanks! The tank switch was removed and cleaned. The emergency bake cables were fabricated and the brakes bled. Next time, the floor of the bed will be welded on to the bed.
In the other photo on the right -- it's all cleaned up! The windshield frame was removed to replace broken glass. The bumper was used too many times by a farmer to remove stumps. So a new bumper will be fabricated.
There are more pictures of the progress of the restoration on my web site.
Well, after many years, the truck is once again running. The mechanic took it out for a spin last week. There was only one small problem. At first, he thought it was the transmission. After closer examination, he found it was the front yoke connecting the transmission to the universal joint. Replacement parts were located at The Filling Station (one of our wonderful sponsors! - ed.) and Obsolete Chevy. Should be back together next week.
This truck was located on a farm in Quesnel, British Columbia. I bought it sight unseen from a description on the web.
In the photo on the right below, the truck is at a nursery in Surrey, BC where a fellow collector had taken the truck until I could retrieve it and the photo above is of the truck at Pitt Meadow, BC -- loaded up and ready for the long trek to California.
The Canadian Army put this truck into service in 1941. The original numbers are still on the doors. It has had the engine rebuilt, the brakes replaced and the radiator and gas tanks hot tanked and repaired. I'm now searching for the hard-to-find bits like knee-action shocks, trim and 9.00x13 tubes.
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