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1940 Chevy Holden 3-Ton


04 October 2004

Hi every one!

        I have a new web site now. I found six 1940 Chevy-Holden trucks (2 Toner, 8 Toners, and a Bus), a stack of Fords, Dodge Blitz wagons -flat trays-crane-& a semi trailer (tractor and trailer). All this is just 10 miles up the road. The old bloke is in his 80's and won't sell them. He likes just looking at them from his back porch. The good part is I can get parts off a couple of incomplete trucks to make my one complete.

        I still have more photos of his GOLD MINE to post on my web site soon. I'm still working on some photos and will sort it out soon.

Regard Gezzy & Greg


 

18 June 2004

From Greg:

          I have just swapped repairing a farmers truck door for this fine 1940 Chevy - Holden 3-ton truck I found on his property in Australia. It's only been sunk in the mud for about 30 years.

        I have already plucked her out of the ground just before our heavy rains set in. Unfortunately, I had no film to take photos, but I will for the rest of the project. I used my 2 ton hydraulic engine hoist to lift her up a little bit at a time it took a bit of pressure to start it moving as half the chassis, springs and front axle beam were deep in the ground. As she started coming up, I put blocks under the chassis. As it got higher, it started swaying sideways, so I had to tie chains to the chassis and peg them out sideways to stabilize her.

        As you all know these babies are a bit heavy so I had to put the blocks in the center of the chassis to see saw the weight. When she was high enough, I held the front up with the hoist and started to back my 20-foot tandem trailer under her. This is the neatest vehicle I have ever put on the trailer as I had only 1/8 of an inch clearance. I could only get the trailer halfway under it, then I had to hand winch the rest of the way.

        My old '83 Ford Falcon 6 cyl had plenty of traction with this load on and suprisingly on the wet ground I didn't get bogged in the paddock I then sneaked her home as about 6 foot of the chassis was hanging out the back of the trailer.

        When I got home, I had the task of getting her of the trailer. This took a bit of thought as it was so hard getting her on the trailer. After an hour of thought, I decided the only way was the old table cloth trick. I tied the back of the truck to a large tree then as hard as my old Ford could, we dragged the trailer out from under her and once again she sat on the ground -- but not so stuck in the mud!

        I cleaned all the dirt out from underneath and inside the cab and only found four small rust holes. They sure don't make them like the old days. I've since found out from the cocky {farmer} two stations over that she has been on Junawarra station since after the war. The original owner had a few more, and this girl has been used for the odd spare. It almost never rains here, and the summer is usually anywhere from hot, to bloody hot,{110F in the shade}, so that explains the absence of rust, and the two fox skeletons I swept out of her.

        I plan to restore it to tow my 40 foot mobile home. All I need are front and rear axles, and a pair of head lamps. And a little bit of work -- should take about 12 months.

        It's nice to know that there are other people who see diamonds in the mud!

        Keep in touch. Bye for now,

Greg Morris
and Gez
Junawarra Station
Eurongilly, NSW,Australia
rambler59@bigpond.com




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