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Glen Emery's

1963 3/4-Ton

"Old Red Truck"

14 May 2004

From Glen:         

         Here are some pictures of my 1963 3/4 ton. When it was new it had an 8 foot stepside bed. My parents bought this pickup new in the summer of 1963, when I was only one year old. Five kids learned to drive in the "old red truck." It had a 230 cid inline 6, SM 420 (granny low) 4-speed, and a 5.13 ratio rear end. None of us went anywhere very fast, but it always got us there.

         I was the fourth of four kids and Mom transfered the title into my name when I was 16 so the insurance would be a little cheaper. I drove it for most of my high school years and went on many dates in it. We pulled a livestock trailer hauling our 4-H calves to shows for many years. When I was about 14, I started driving it in the pasture to feed cattle. I kept this up all through high school. That is me standing next to pickup in the circa 1978 photo, with snow on the ground -- I was 16 at the time.

         In 1980 I graduated high school, and my parents bought a '77 C-10 Silverado for me to drive back and forth to college. The "old red truck" was parked out back for whenever it might be needed again. A couple of years later my parents adopted a teenage girl and she learned to drive in the "old red truck."

         We kids all grew up and went our seperate ways and life went on, and the "old red truck" was still there if anyone needed to haul something or needed an extra vehicle.

         My adopted sister got married and she and her husband needed an extra vehicle so they took the "old red truck" and started driving it. The stepside bed was falling off, the floors were gone and it was running poorly. Her husband found an early 70's 250 cid and slipped in it. He repaired the floors with the sheet metal from an old washer and dryer. He found a flatbed off a 2-ton truck and put it on.

         As time went by, the "old red truck" fell into disrepair again. They parked it out back and left it. After a few years my adopted sister and her husband filed for divorce. I asked my Mom "what about the old red truck?" My Mom told me that she thought the title was still in my name after all these years. No one had ever bothered to change it. That was all the encouragement I needed. I had a tow truck at their house the next day and hauled the MY "old red truck" home.

         I tore it down just leaving the cab on the frame. I pulled the 250 and had it bored .040 over and rebuilt it. I put in new floors, new rocker panels, new cab corners, and new guts in the doors. I shortened and narrowed the flat bed and re-installed it. I've had to fix a few other things that time has caught up with, but it was well worth it.

         Now when my teenagers complain about wanting a new car, I just tell that I'm still driving the one I drove in high school. That usually shuts them up!


        After getting it back together I drove it in primer for a couple of years, and then finally had it painted GM Torch Red. As you can see it still works for a living. That's me and my main helper (Opal the dog) sitting on the 25' gooseneck trailer with a 1939 Montgomery Wards Twin Row tractor and a 1951 Farmall Super C tractor, which I take to antique tractor pulls. The tractors weigh 6500 pounds and the trailer weighs around 4000 to 4500 pounds. I figure I'm pulling between 10,000 and 11,000 pounds with the little 250. I do have a electric trailer brakes on the two front axles of the trailer. The hitch is well secured and is located 2" forward of the axle for good weight distribution.

         Eat your heart out Duramax and Power Stroke.

Glen Emery
Tulsa, OK

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