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  Owned by David Dorson

13 February 2009
# 2535

From David :

In 1963 I bought a 1930 Chevy coupe in a junk yard for 20 bucks. It was not worth any more than that. I cannot say that I restored it, but I did resurrect it back to life and have used it off and on ever since.

Through the years, I acquired a few extra pieces. So a few years ago, I decided to put them all together. Not having a body, I decided to build a truck.

This truck "averages" 1930. The running gear and engine are 1930. The cowling is from a 1929 coupe that got turned into a tractor with an added Model A transmission and an Autocar truck rear end. The front fenders I found at a flea market. The running boards, splash aprons, and rear fenders are reproduction. I had an Amish cabinet shop cut out some hard wood framing for the doors and back of cab. An Amish tin shop (syrup pans and stove jackets) did all the metal pieces from the cowling to the back.

I have never seen a real Chevy pickup of this age, so the box is designed just like the box on the 1949 Dodge pickup that I drove to high school. [ view from the rear ]

I made the top bows with electrical conduit and an Amish tarp shop did the seat cushions and top. The tail lights are Model A Ford reproductions from JC Whitney. Three of the wheels are 1931 and one is 1929, 5:00X19. An engine shop, Solak Automotive, rebuilt the engine.

It runs beautifully and is fun to drive. Goes about 35 mph.


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