1939 Chevy Ute
From Tony :
I found my 1939 Chev Ute in someone's backyard in Boronia, Victoria in November 2000. The owner had gotten it from a farm. I work in construction (roof tiler) so I get to see into lots of backyards.
I already own a 1934 Chev coupe 3 window. (It's still not finished but I am always on the look out for Chev stuff.) So when I saw the 1939 Ute ... wow! I left my name and number at the house and the owner contacted me. I asked him for a price and $500 later, it was on my trailer.
The truck was stuffed! No motor, gearbox, differential; no interior or glass; no floor in the cabin or back; no tail gate or running boards. The roof was crushed halfway down and the car had over 60 bullet holes. There was not a straight panel on it.
There were 2129 Coupe Utes built by General Motors Holden Australia in 1939. There are not many left now.
Pictures: Interior | Side view | Under the hood | Rear
I bought the car in November 2000 and had it first registered in April 2007. It now has a 350TH400 and 9 inch 4W disc brake diff. The original front end was missing. It now has a a Mitsubishi L300 front end -- these are popular conversions in Australia. It has the Holden rack pinion steering. A friend made the tailgate and running boards. I did the rest.
The car now has sign writing on it and I have used it for work for the past 12 months without too many problems. I use it every day, as well as towing a tandem trailer. It never lets me down.
Great web site.
Love the Chev!!