1946 Chevy One Ton Panel
From Brian :
I am pleased to submit my entry into the Stovebolts Gallery. I acquired this 1946 Model DS-3805 1-ton Chevrolet panel truck in December 2008 in Lula Georgia.
I traced back the history of the truck to 22 years in Georgia, 30 years in Oklahoma and 11 years in Kansas. It was originally a bread delivery truck in the Kansas area.
Each of the owners for the last 30+ years did some of the restoration. The engine, which is a 1954 Chevy high pressure 235 ci, was rebuilt about 10 years ago.
It is a very original truck having the original wood floors, insulated sides and still has the headliner in the rear panel part.
After I acquired it, I had the brakes redone, new seals and cylinders and the carb rebuilt. I also replaced the distributor. I replaced the third member "pumpkin", 5.14 ratio with a 4.10 ratio pumpkin from a 1968 Chevy 3/4-ton truck so I can reach freeway speeds. The tires, hubcaps and 17.5" 8-lug wheels are from a 1955 Chevy 1-ton. Going to replace them when I find an original correct set.
I located an optional passenger's seat and it is being recovered now. The motor runs strong and it drives quite well for a 63 year old truck ... gotta love the noise that straight cut 4 speed makes!
Thanks to many Stovebolters far and wide for helping me find parts for this ..... it was awesome!
Brian is a truck nut (admittedly). He has a 1946 Chevrolet One-ton Panel, a 1926 Chevrolet Superior Model Series "X" 1-Ton Utility Express Truck, a 1946 5-Ton Chevrolet COE Dump Truck, and a 1942 3/4-Ton Chevrolet.