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23 February 2009
More pictures of this truck on Jeff's Blog
From Jeff :
When I was single (about 20 years ago), I bought, restored and sold many old convertibles. I had a 1957 Chevy, a 1962 Ford, a 1963 Olds and a 1975 Olds 88.
When the kids came along, I sold my cars and restored tractors.
Now, my three boys are old enough to help me with a project and I decided to get an old truck to restore. I really liked the look of the Art Deco years and I thought this would be a good truck to start with.
I found this truck on Craig's list. The truck was in Southern Arizona near the Mexican border. It was owned for the past ten years by a Border Patrol Agent. He told me he purchased it locally from a guy who used it as a daily driver.
Although I have yet to receive the truck as it is currently in transit, the guy I bought it from sent me the VIN tag. It is going to be delivered to me in cold, snowy Ohio in a few weeks. I have learned that the truck was built in Norwood, Ohio and was made in April 1945.
I have decided to do a frame up restoration of the truck. I have decided to theme the truck as if it were a truck owned by a business in the 1940's. My boys and I chose Stotlar's Trout Club, as the name of the business. The truck will feature a lot of fishing themed accouterments.
I am not sure how long it will take but we are ready to dig in. I have purchased an oven for my garage for powder coating, and I already have a bead blast cabinet and an HVLP setup, so I should be able to handle most of the work myself.
I will continually update my web site as the work progresses.
I know I will seek a lot of help from Stovebolt.com so thanks to everyone in advance.
It sounds like this fine specimen will be in good hands once it arrives at Jeff's place. ~
John Lucas, Stovebolt Curator