23 July 2016 Update
# 3016

 
Owned by
Mark Rogers
"Dogface"
Bolter # 34645
Grass Valley, California
 

1949 Chevy 1/2-Ton

"Lucille"


 

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From Mark :

I have an update for my truck and have uploaded a number of new images to the Photobucket album.

I use this truck mostly as a daily driver but I do have other vehicles. I try not to drive it much in inclement weather just to preserve it a bit and the fact that the wipers on those trucks didn’t / don’t do such a great job.

The truck is the factory color, Forester Green, with black fenders. Those trucks also had a pin stripe around the cab but dunno what color that was originally. This one is a lighter green.  

The picture here was taken at the gate of a local winery which I found to be really photogenic.

The interior is basically the stock look and gauges are all the same.  I replaced the radio with one that is modern tech but looks OEM. Those are available but very spendy.  Seats, upholstery, dash, etc. all look OEM.

The truck is a four speed on the floor with granny first gear. I removed the gas tank from behind the seat mostly due to fumes and safety concerns. It’s now hidden under the bed with fill spout at the end of the bed.

Bed sides are straight Fir and easy to make. The bed wood is Oak plank as is common.  Other updates are dual progressive two bbl carbs, and near total engine rebuild.   

The only other thing I plan to do is restore the engine compartment to OEM specs / colors.  It now has chrome air cleaners and valve cover but I have ordered the proper powder color for powder coating.  I will put the converted air filter back on for the OEM look but there are two carbs now, not just the one.

The battery has also been moved up to the engine compartment from under the passenger floorboard .and it’s a 12-volt system as well.

As per usual, more money in that truck than one would ever get on a sale.

The door art was done by a local graphic artist, Jim Moser, who’s done some fantastic things.  He and I also share an interest in old WW II war birds and his shop is up by the Grass Valley airport.

The significance of the art is actually to honor my long deceased Uncle Walter Markham.  He was a major player in the California Cattle Industry back in the '30s thru the '60s. Uncle Walt raised Registered Hereford Bulls at his ranch in Salinas back then. He made big bux whatever he did, all his life and never ripped anyone off and remained a "real guy" and was never full of himself. He was a good American Cowboy so I thought I'd honor him with this. The phone number on the door was actually his in 1945.  I first met him when I was in the Army and being sent to Vietnam. Awaiting those orders, I visited him several times and he just sort of adopted me. He wrote to me when I was over there and never used an APO address -- just addressed it to "Capt Dr Mark Rogers," then "Note to the postman -- He’s over there in VN taking care of our boys and the dogs.” The mail got to me every time … amazing.   I was the only Vet south of Saigon. I traveled around to all the bases by helicopter taking care of the military dogs, GI pets of all sorts and species, and Vietnamese farm animals.

My Uncle passed away at 96 years old back in the '80s. I changed the truck’s name to Lucille who was Walter’s wife.  It was just my opinion that a truck should have a female name and the name Lucille just kinda rolls off the tongue better anyway.

The dog in the cab is Moosie ... or Moose ... cuz he is one! He's a 65-pound Aussie and kinda sweetly dumb which is unusual for that breed.

~ Mark

Keep track of Mark's project details in the DITY Gallery and check for new photos to the Photobucket album. Any and all questions welcome! If you post in the forum, others can share in the discussion. As you can see from Mark's participation in the forums, he's had and helped with a lot of questions and answers! Thanks ~ Editor  


23 June 2013
# 3016

From Mark :

I live about an hour North of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.  My wife and I moved here after I retired. I am sure glad we did -- there are lots of restored American classic cars here to drool over. There are so many classic vehicles around here from the 40's and 50's that this truck really fits in. People are always waving at one another.

Last December, I was hankerin' for a classic American car and a friend from another forum had this truck for sale. The truck was in Georgia and I think he may have gotten it in Virginia. The owner before that was from Alabama.

When I got the truck, turns out it needed a lot more than he said it did. So slowly, it's being done.

It does ride and drive nice now with a new IFS, wheels and radials. The paint is not wonderful up close but looks decent at ten feet.  

My goal is to make this truck a daily driver, at least in fair weather which is three-fourths of the year.  

The door graphic in this photo is in honor of my Uncle Walter Markham .... quite a guy he was. I had been designing it for a while and finally finished it in March. My Uncle Walter was a very interesting man.

Uncle Walt was a great guy - he never cheated anybody and could spin a yarn like anything.

I'm not a mechanic by any stretch but have met a great guy who just started his own business. He was the motor shop teacher at the local high school for years and really knows these old classics. He's honest and tells it like it is ... not what you may want to hear. I trust him and he has a great set of ethics.

i do enjoy working on the stuff on the truck that I can handle. I certainly don't tackle major parts nor slither under them to work on it!

The front suspension and king pins were really shot. It had bias ply tires on it. So it was always an adventure when I went out. I wanted it to be safe. So we added disc brakes and rack and pinion steering which all came with the Mustang II IFS. That is such an incredibly common upgrade to these old trucks and it doesn't affect the original look of this.

A good example of leaving some of this work to the expert: when I went down to my guy's shop this past April, he was working on the install of the new front clip. Apparently some previous owner ... for what EVER reason ... welded or bondo'd all the fenders to the body so they cannot be removed. That is strange enough but it also made the IFS install MUCH more difficult, which equals MORE EXPENSIVE. He also found that the steering box was only held on by one bolt and it was almost falling off ... only one turn of the thread holding it on.

Man, I was a bit scared of what else might turn up --- which might be normal when working on old trucks. My man said, and I agreed, he wanted to go over the entire truck after the IFS is done to make sure it's right and safe. Heck yes!

No wonder I was wandering all over the road. There are a lot of hills and valleys around here and well, the truck really does need to stop.

So, this old truck will make a good daily drive for spring, summer and fall. Winter is when all the rains come so I doubt she'll be out every day then!

Thank you all for this forum!

Mark

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went .... Will Rogers

 

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