1949 Chevrolet 3100
From Curt :
Dad's been busy! We first posted at Stovebolt in 2008 and since then have really focused on making 'Dads49' an awesome ride!
I'll start with this past summer. We had a great time masking off the inside of the truck as we readied to paint the dash. It went from rustic to sweet! I had the opportunity to do that with Dad, but honestly......he has done so much more.
Since our last encounter with Stovebolt, my Dad [ here's Dad with the new interior ] has added the following to the truck:
And best of all ..... .knock on wood ...... our starter problem seems to be fixed!
Dad says that he really enjoys working on the truck. It's even more fun driving. He likes the attention the old truck gets when he drives past a group of people. It's the only '49 in town.
From being hidden in the bushes in an alley to being an everyday driver ....... it's a great ride!
Dad writes: "Curt, thank you for what you have done to the pickup and the good times we have had working on it together in the summer!"
Back atcha Dad!
01 March 2008
From Curt :
My Dad and I pulled this 1949 Chevy 3100 out of an alley [ pix ] in 1986. All of the glass was smashed out. We chained it behind a Bronco II and pulled it six blocks to our house. [ interior pix ]
Dad spent a lot of time putting in new glass, brakes and getting the ol’ thing running. After we replaced the glass, it became a daily driver.
In 1998, Dad had a stroke and felt he could not keep up with the truck. He talked of selling it and he decided to sell it to me and did so in 1999.
I drove the truck back and forth to work, but I found it difficult to keep it going original. Engine-wise, too many quirks had to be worked out. Besides, we wanted something a little more “hopped” up anyway!
So about four years ago, we decided to go from original to putting a Chevy 350 engine with automatic transmission in the ol ’49. Dad found an engine and automatic transmission that would work and I purchased a 1988 Suburban for the chassis. [ pix ] I had the ’49 body set the on the frame and had power steering and brakes from the Suburban added. I had the engine put in and moved the gas tank to underneath the bed (safety reasons).
Dad knew I was doing all of this, but what he didn’t know was that I was doing it for him. This past summer (2007), I loaded the truck up on my car hauler and took it back to him (from Texas to Colorado). He did some bed work and has gotten plenty of primer on it for a future paint job.
Right now, the truck is sitting in my Sister and Brother-in-law’s farm shed waiting out the bitter Colorado winter. Spring is just around the corner!!
~ Looks like a great truck and your Dad should be very proud. Keep us updated on the progress… Gallery Gal