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1948 Chevy Deluxe Panel Truck
23 January 2008
From Dave :
This is my 1948 Chevrolet Deluxe Panel truck. It was originally purchased by Saks News Agency of Bismarck, North Dakota and driven continually until 1974.
This is the day I brought it home from North Dakota. It started out innocently enough -- I was just going on a road trip with my neighbor and good friend Roger to pick up his recently purchased 1940 F*rd pickup. After we loaded the '40 pickup, I mentioned to the seller that I was into old CHEVY trucks, to which Roger added that I had been looking for a good solid 1947-1953 Chevy panel.
The next thing I heard was, "You might be interested in what I have in the warehouse."
Back in the corner of this tightly packed warehouse was a black Chevy AD panel. I checked it over the best I could with all the other vehicles so close. This looked like the straightest, most solid original panel I had seen in a long time.
What happened next is a little fuzzy. Apparently, I made an offer which was counter-offered and accepted. Now I had a dilemma! When I got home, I would have to convince my wife that I NEEDED THIS PANEL TRUCK. So what that I have three pickups already -- a 1937 Chevy 1-ton pickup, a 1949 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup project (named Jack after my late father) and a 1949 GMC Longbed 1/2- ton that am bolting on Chevy sheet metal to make a parts fetcher.
I'm not sure that I really convinced her, but the next week I made a solo road trip to pick up my latest acquisition.
The truck is in original condition, with the company name (Saks News Agency) still faintly visible on the passenger door panel.
I haven't done anything to it yet. I keep hearing voices in my head, "Finish one project at a time."
Could this be the voice of reason?? Nah ... it's my wife!!
~What a cool truck! Sounds like you have some historical vehicles over there! Send us some pics of the others too! ~Gallery Gal