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1938 Chevy 1.5-ton


Owned by

David Runner
Vista, California

08 October 2007
Canadian Thanksgiving
# 2081


From Dave :

          Here are the photos of my 1938 Chevy 1.5-ton (maybe).

          The 1938 was just recently purchased and all I know is it came from Northern California. I have no history on it . It has a PTO and was a dump truck. It was originally red, including the inside of the truck. I may have been a Forestry Service truck. It has low miles (52K indicated). It purrs like a kitten, no smoke. Here's a shot from the rear. Here's one of the interior.

          I bought the '38 to use as my business truck. I'll be moving to New Mexico later this month. The '38 is going out early, behind the Studebaker. Should be an interesting photo-op!

          I was planning on buying a decent body / frame and putting a 250 cid inline Chevy in it, but this one purrs like a kitten. No smoke and it starts right up, so I'm leaving it stock for now.

          I've also included a shot of one of my Studebaker trucks. I have two of those, one in progress and one running. My 'Baker has a built 463 cid Poncho in it with a Turbo 400 and a 9" Ford rear end. It has the Pontiac front clip with power steering, power disc brakes, etc.

          Here's a picture of my tank. The tank (completely street legal ) was sold recently.

          I've also have a rat rod pickup that is built with parts from about eight different cars including a street sweeper. It has a built 292 cid Chevy, Turbo 350. I'm going to register it as a '26 Studebaker truck. .

           Past Chevy trucks include a 1935 pickup truck, 1937 pickup truck, and a 1940 light duty flatbed and a 1950 pickup.

          If anyone has a favorite place to get glass, I'm shopping  for all four windows and gaskets. 

          Great looking '38. That year's got a great face. The sheet metal looks in decent shape for a truck that's almost 60 years old. Good score! I'm sure everyone has said they could have used your tank for rush hour traffic on the way to work. It'll be in my thoughts this morning. Nice Studebaker, too. I've been watching a 1949 for years locally. This fellow in his 80's has had it since new and still drives it! I should call him again now that I've seen yours. Great truck collection you have. All the best with your latest ride. ~~ Mike Allen, Stovebolt Welcome "Panel" Wagon a/k/a burgandybolt