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1941 Chevy 3/4-Ton Truck

Owned by

Steve Suedekum
Bolter # 16845
Lochbuie, Colorado


28 December 2007
# 2164

From Steve :

           I thought you might enjoy pic's of my 1941 Chevy 3/4-ton. I have had this truck for close to three years now. I was given this truck by a friend of mine. His Dad bought it 35 years ago with the intentions of restoring it. It sat for all those years and never did a thing to it, It just sat.

           Then they decided it needed to go to the scrap yard! That's when I stepped in and asked if I could buy it. They said, "If you can get it started, you can have it!"

           It took two hours of messing with it and I had it running like a top! Honestly, they thought the engine was bad, as they never heard it run when they bought it 35 years ago!

           They gave me a good title and a matching set of Colorado 1941 plates with it to boot!

           For another year it sat with me tinkering on it now and then!

           The engine is a 216 with no problems, 4 speed, and I believe a factory flatbed with the hard to find corners and back window peep hole. The truck has been totally rewired. A 30 gallon drum was made into a fuel tank as the original tank was rotted away! The truck had 1951 Nash taillights on it when they bought it 35 years ago. I restored them and they look like they belong there!

           I replaced the I-beam front bumper with a bumper off a 1930 Pontiac. I added a 1930-something Dodge bumper on the rear. I am re-doing the interior in black. It has a Dodge mini-van third seat in it! (BTW, that is almost a "bolt in" job and it's a lot more pleasurable to sit on!)

           Next I plan on installing disc brakes in the front and a modern rearend with 3:23 gears or so. This is going to be a daily driver soon! So I want brakes to handle Denver traffic!

           Also in the future, I am going to upgrade the trans to an MC-435. My wife will be able to drive it with an easy shifting tranny. I have a rebuilt 261 waiting for when the 216 gives out.

           And who knows what else in the future? Paint is one of those items that can wait, I think she looks good like it is for now!

          Love the web site and appreciate all the work you do to keep it going! I have more pictures in my Photobucket account!

          Glad to hear your story. Good on ya for being able to step up and take on a project to get this fine looking truck back on the road. This poor truck has been waiting all these years for a caring owner. Looks like it found the right one -- you! Keep up the good work and keep us apprised of your updates. We welcome more pics and stories about the transformation the truck is currently under going. Love these art deco "juke box styled grilled" trucks. They've got such a great face. Thanks again for sharing with us. ~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome (Panel) Wagon