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01 January 2010
More truck pictures of my old truck
From Chris :
Here is my 1946 3/4-ton Chevy I bought in September of 2009. I had been wanting to get a truck for some time. I recently got married and my wife wants to buy all sorts of wood furniture. Being pretty handy with woodworking, I told her I could make everything she wants if I had the necessary tools, but some of them are pretty big so I need a truck to get them home!
I wanted an older truck that I could actually use as a truck and not worry about scratching it up. I started looking at the '67-72 style. Then I looked farther back ... and farther ... until I got to the '41-46 style and knew that's what I had to have.
I found this Art Deco classic truck on eBay and fell in love. I swear the last two days of that auction were the longest of my life. I won it and my Dad and I headed from Oskaloosa, Iowa to the middle of Arkansas (Jesseville). It was just a casual 11 hour drive down (slightly longer to get back, due to the precious cargo). There isn't anything much more nerve racking than hauling your new truck through the winding mountains of Arkansas with fog reducing visibility to the point where we could barely see the front of the hood!
The previous owner bought the truck in 1996 and drove it for a year and then parked it in his garage, intending to restore it. He didn't get around to it. At some point between '97 and '09, it was pushed outside to make room in his garage.
It currently resides in my Dad's garage near Oskaloosa. I live in Muscatine, Iowa, nearly two hours away. I try to make weekend trips whenever I can to work on it.
I've got the interior pretty well stripped and ready to start sanding so I can get a coat of paint down. The interior is the only thing I plan on "restoring" at this point, just so my wife won't be grossed out to ride along with me.
The truck isn't running yet, but the engine is free. I'm waiting on my Brother in-law to get out of the field to help with that. He's a bit of a guru of all things engine-related. Hopefully over the winter, we'll get it running, get some new rubber on it, fix the brakes and finish the interior, so I can drive it come spring. What's the point of a goal if it isn't lofty?