1945 and 1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Ted :
We have two Stovebolt trucks: a 1945 1/2-ton and a 1946 1/2-ton. We purchased both trucks off of eBay.
We got the 1946 about three years ago. It was located in Independence, Kansas. We loaded up our truck, trailer and kids and made a great road trip to get this truck.
After we got the truck home, we figured out the rear fenders where off of an AD truck. So we were watching eBay for some used ones and found a 1941-46 truck with fair rear fenders. We bid on it and got it. The sellers did not know the year of the truck. They had it listed as "194?" I asked for them to send me the VIN and I figured out that it was a 1945, built in July of 1945 at the end of the War.
So we loaded up the truck and trailer and off to Washington, Kansas this time. I took this trip by myself. It was an eight hour drive and it took me right past Jim Carters place in Independence, Missouri.
I picked up the truck in Kansas [ pix ] and spent the night in a Walmart parking lot by Jim Carters -- waiting for them to open. It made a real nice trip out of it. I got a truck and new parts with no shipping costs. Those are great people there.
So, we got the truck home and cleaned it up. We compared both trucks. [ pix ] The cab and frame from the '45 is in far better shape than the '46. I was pretty happy to buy a truck for the rear fenders and get the whole truck and a rare piece of history, too.
I'm going to build the '45 as a resto-rod with C4 Corvette frontend, 1998 Z28 Camaro LS1engine [ pix ] 4L60E Auto Trans, 8.5 10 bolt rear end out of 1972 Nova, add rear disc brakes off of S10 Blazer. I'm in the process of boxing the frame and building tube cross-member.
Picture here shows the salvaged S10 rear leaf springs and mounts. Will keep you posted.
Good score, Ted! And those people at Jim Carter's are A # 1 ~~ and be sure to get their 10% discount for Super Stovebolters. That's been a real help to lots of us! ~ Editor