1948 Chevy 1/2-Ton
From Tom :
Hi! This is my '48 Chevy half ton. I bought it in 1990 and just got it plated and on the road in early June. How's that for a slow resto? Of course, I haven't been working on it all that time.
I stripped the truck down to the frame when I first got it. I started gathering parts. And then life intervened.
Well, I continued to acquire parts and do some minor stuff over the years until I retired in 2004. Then I had the time and place to begin reconstruction in earnest.
My Father, a lifelong grease-a-holic, has been at my side just about every Tuesday since 2004, helping with all the dirty work and providing invaluable encouragement and technical advice.
My Dad had his own service station in the 1950's, and saw the undersides of a lot of these trucks when they were new or nearly new. Without his help and guidance, the truck would most probably still be in boxes, with scant chance of ever being completed.
My Dad's nickname is "Morris", so our truck journey has been dubbed "Tuesdays with Morris" (with apologies to Mitch Albom).
I've kept the original 216 engine and six volt electrical system.
I'm not finished with it yet, but who ever completely finishes their truck? I still have to install the sun visors and running board step plates, do some paint touch-up, and solve a leak in the transmission. But the truck certainly is functional enough to drive. I intend to get in some "windshield time" and hit a few shows in the area with it this summer.
Oh, Tom ... no one will fault you with the time (especially not from HQ!) Sounds like you've got a great combination there ... enjoying life, enjoying time with your Dad AND the truck, and having a really sweet looking truck besides. AND to top it all off ... to be retired!! Whoo ya for you! ~ Editor