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1950 Chevy 3800 1-Ton Panel Truck

Owned by

Steve Greene
Bolter # 9918
Dayton, Ohio


03 March 2008
# 2258

From Steve :

          When I decided I wanted a "home on wheels" to drive to my frequent weekend get-a-ways, I decided to be different and let my love of history influence me. A mild-mannered Chevy parts guy by day and an outdoor enthusiast always, something was brewing. How about a 1 ton panel truck converted into a camper van??

          I perused eBay and found a 1950 3800 in Ohio for a final purchase price of $1500. A cracked block, wasted quarters and wheel wells, nasty cut off welds for a roof rack, cab metal scary, and some how I'm making it work. Here's a picture of her so far.

          My first project, with a little help from my friends. I'm building on a budget, but it runs now. It has a 250 L6 and a 400 turbo. I got 'em cheap!! Would have preferred a 700 but seems ok. A 4.10 differential from a '67 C-20, lots of welding patch panels, wiring, brakes, tires and wheels, seats, kingpins, power brakes, doors aligned -- on and on.

          Ran up some big bills and now I'm working on it under the little woman's radar.

          Love the site.



          This will be fun to watch your progress. Get a photo-hosting account someplace and we will add the link here. Neat idea for the camper and to cover several passions at once! ~~ Editor


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