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01 January 2012
# 2932

 
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1940 Chevy WB Series
1.5-Ton

 

 

 

Owned by
Al "alkay3" Kasishke
Troy, Missouri

 

 

From Al :

My Grandfather, A.H.Kasishke, bought this truck new in 1940. It is a 1940 WB Series 1 1/2-ton truck.

My Grandfather had a good sized oil production company and had his fabrication shop make the oilfield bed and install the Tulsa 21 winch.

The truck was used around Russell, Kansas for a number of years during the early 40's.

In the mid-1940's my Grandfather's shop fabricated a suspension pier for a lake he had on some property in Michigan. In the pictures you can see the pier knocked down and loaded behind the 1940 Chevy. The pier was hauled from Kansas to Michigan.

The truck remained in Michigan for most of its life. It was used on the property for odd jobs.

The oilfield bed is designed to operate as a dump bed. It is hinged at the rear and the A-frame behind the cab allows the winch cable to be used to lift the front of the bed.

The bed is drilled for wood side panels to create a dump bed.

My Dad, A.H.Kasishke Jr., spent his life around this truck and he can be seen in the early photographs. (Be sure to check these photos in Photobucket -- they are some awesome action shots from this old truck's early days. These were so impressive, we included some of them in the 2012 Big Bolt calendar. Made for a great April! ~ Editor) . My Dad and Mom are pictured in the new photos.

This is the truck I learned to drive in when I was eight years old. The truck is original, except it had a repaint some time in the late 1940's. It only has 21,133 original miles on it, so it is just getting broken in. We went through the fuel system and brake system and new tires have been installed, but the original drivetrain is still running great.

My Daughter, Courtney, just got married this month. Her request was to be driven to the outdoor wedding in this truck. We spent the last few months getting it cleaned up and ready to go. It made quite an impression on the crowd when we drove up in this family treasure.

Hopefully our family can keep this truck rolling for another 71 years.

Thanks,

Al Kasishke
"alkay3"
Bolter # 11808

 

Al also also has a 1939 GMC AC-102 long bed 1/2-ton pickup in the Stovebolt Gallery. Another great truck and story. ~ Editor

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