1950 3800 Series 1-Ton Pickup
From Bob :
Here is my 1950 Chevy One-Ton truck. I purchased this old truck 17 years ago thinking I would have a good driver in a few months. Years later, it is almost done and I want to drive it.
During that great span of time, I tore the truck down to the rails and rebuilt or replaced everything that needed attention.
The truck was originally a pickup with a 9 foot box. It was owned by a lumber company who, for whatever reason, took the box off and made it into a flat bed.
The truck had a 235 engine, I believe, but it was shot and I decided to replace it with a newer (1966) 250. My son and daughter helped me for many hours on the rebuild. My son went off to Iraq and I stopped work on the truck. It has been sitting since.
I did a lot of the body work myself, but had a lot of it redone by a body shop when I had it painted. I was able to find the old box parts and rear fenders but the box parts were trash (which is why they made it a flat bed). The fenders were pretty decent. I am a wood worker so I made the box out of red oak and butternut raised panels.
I had hoped to drive it in a Fourth of July Parade this past year but I couldn't quite get it out of the garage just yet.
Bob, great-looking truck. Neat custom bed! Impressive. Thanks for sending it in. And please send your son our thanks for serving. As many have said in the Legion Hall -- our service members time ensures us the time we get to enjoy our's trucks. ~ Editor