Dean Lewis'

1941 Chevy 3/4-Ton


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11 June 2007 Update
# 1499

From Dean :

         Here are some pictures of my 1941 Chevy 3/4-ton truck. I finished replacing all four brake cylinders and section of brake line running from master cylinder along crossmember to junction block on the other side. I also replaced the the rear brake shoes. The parts from American Classic Truck parts. Here's a photo from the rear, passenger side.

         I tuned up the engine (1965 250 L6) and it's running like a champ.

         I found a great deal on some wheels and tires off an old 4 x 4 Suburban from the salvage yard. They look decent enough I think and should last a while till I save up some real dough for some really nice, old fashioned steel rims. I have two original 16 spoke / slotted 15 inch rims and would love to find another two and have them powder coated red. Here's another photo from the front, driver's side (bigger image!).

         Anyway, I took it out for a ride and I'm definitely going to either change out the rear gears or replace the tranny. Any suggestions? It has a 3-speed currently and it was causing the engine to rev real high (guessing I was doing around 40-45 -- the speedo is not working yet). It's been real fun so far doing what I can, when I can.

Dean Lewis
"Louie 41"
Bolter # 10726
Millington, Maryland


17 April 2006
# 1499

From Dean :

         Here is my recently acquired 1941 3/4-ton Chevy pickup truck. The engine is swapped out (by the previous owner) with a Chevy inline 250 ci. 6 cylinder. It runs but needs tuning and exhaust. The brakes need a master cylinder and the emergency brake assembly is gone including interior handle. The entire electrical system was in the process of being replaced. And then I guess he gave up. The bed was fabricated to match original (or so it appears). The original was rusted beyond saving and the former owner said it had a tree growing through it when he purchased it.

       The rear fenders are fiberglass and not installed yet. I am waiting until I have replacement running boards. The originals have been cut to just behind the cab because of severe rust.

       The truck was repainted light purple on cab and dark purple on fenders and running boards. I will be stripping paint off as there are sloppy sheet metal repairs done with rust peeking it's ugly head out again. I'd like to plan on taking the cab off and prepping and painting the chassis and cab for a good paint job next winter. I want to get it running well first this summer and have all the parts on hand. I'm not sure which way to go with paint scheme. Two tones are nice ... but I'm a big fan of flames.

       I plan on keeping exterior mostly original looking with exception of wheels. Kind of a retro-rod. I will keep the dash original with a couple modern conveniences.

       Sorry pictures are little dark. The truck was dropped off at night and went straight into the garage. When I get a chance, I will take Caddy out and get better profile pics. I'm giving up my all-original and running 1962 Cadillac Coupe DeVille for the truck ... should provide me with project funds ... ha-ha!

Dean Lewis
"Louie 41"
Bolter # 10726
Millington, Maryland



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