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1947 Chevy 1.5-Ton

Owned by

Tim Kingsbury
Bolter # 9497
Canton, Ohio


09 January 2008
# 2173

From Tim :

           This is my 1947 Chevy 1.5-ton in Massillon, Ohio.

           The truck was originally from New Jersey and was used in a vineyard there. It sat in a barn since 1976, the year of the last oil change. I don't think it was used in the winters since the body and frame are in such good shape.

           I found coins in it dating from 1942 to 1957. I also found a load slip for all kinds of fruit from 1962.

           The truck is going to get a complete frame off restoration. I am going to restore it "in the spirit of originality" -- meaning I will replace parts as needed with upgrades for safety but won't cut or modify any existing parts unless I have no choice.

           I already started the restoration. My Father has an auto body shop and has an excellent body man. I got my first batch of parts back from sandblasting and aside from some small dents, they look like new.

           I am taking all of the sheet metal to be sandblasted and will have the frame done when the weather improves.

           The transmission is being rebuilt and I am going to leave the engine alone for now. It has less than 44,000 original miles. I am thinking I will paint it either red or yellow, being as red was factory.

           I hope to have it done for the 2009 Hall of Fame football parade. 

           Thanks for posting this. I am pretty excited that I found a truck as solid as this.

Tim Kingsbury