1948 Chevy 1.5-Ton Loadmaster
03 January 2009 Update
From: Scott :
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Here in Iowa, the winter of 2007 was a nasty one. We nearly set a snowfall record and the wind blew constantly. This required many trips up and down my 1000 foot-plus long driveway to keep it open enough to get Sherry and I off to work and back without getting stuck.
The plow that I used for the last six years was this old one here, loaded with rock. Well, last year was just too much for it. I think I got it stuck a half a dozen times, at least. And when you get something that heavy stuck, you don't just go pull it out!
Anyway, my brother happened to be over while I was trying to get "unstuck" one night and told me I should get a "real" plow. I told him a pickup type plow truck wouldn't handle this kind of plowing.
He then tells me about these Fords. Later on in the spring, I decide that I had better take a look at these things. Turns out, there's two trucks, a 1953 and a 1956 Ford F800's. The truck in the pictures (below and this one) are of the 1953. The '53 was a working truck (to the previous owner's standards) and the '56 was bought for parts.
Both trucks are ex-county road crew trucks with belly graders, dump beds, snow plows and best of all, a Marmon-Herrington 4 X 4 conversion, to both trucks. I bought both trucks for scrap iron prices (which was pretty high last spring but still...) and drove the '53 home, plow on and all.
The '56 had to have a few tires replaced and then we drug it home. After getting it home, I got to work on making it a more user-friendly plow truck. I replaced the exhaust from the heads back, did a tune-up and tried to overhaul the carb. It just wouldn't perform the way I liked so I went after a replacement.
After measuring the baseplate size, I found that a carb off of a 318 Dodge was exactly the same size in physical size and CFM size. The engine in these old F800's are 317 CID Lincoln engines, unique to the F800's only. Talk about your odd ducks. That carb made this old truck purr like a kitten.
Now that it runs right, I put the rock bed from the '56 on it to shorten it up and make it more versatile. After going through all of the wiring and lighting, and replacing the fuel sender, I'm sitting here waiting for the snow to fall. I'm going to haul some road rock with it first, but I can't wait to blow through some drifts with that 10' long, heavy duty blade with a truck that weighs 13,000 pounds empty! Just not looking forward to the fuel bill.
Yes, Scott does have a few to old trucks here : -- a 1955.1 Chevy 6500 series with an additional 2 foot frame stretch; a 1963 Chevy K-20; a 1948 Chevy 1.5-ton Loadmaster; another 1948 Chevy 1.5-ton Loadmaster (double your pleasure ); a 1951 Chevy 1.5-ton Dump Truck; and acquired from a Stovebolter "Bubba," the 1955 1st Series Chevy 5700 COE; a 1954 Chevy 6500 2-Ton; a 1953 and a 1956 Ford F800 -- something to plow with (and I bet he has others ) ~~ Editor
06 April 2004
From: Scott :
As my forum name (48bigtrucks) indicates, I have two 1948 trucks (Check out the other one ~~ Editor).
This black one is my first one. It's a '48 1.5-ton Loadmaster. I got it for nothing from a neighbor who bought it for its grain box.
When I brought it home, it was just a cab and chassis with a stuck engine. Also in my parts inventory was a '76 Monte Carlo and the parted out remains of a '75 GMC 3/4-ton. The '48 now has a Monte 350 4bbl engine, tilt steering column and a 6 way power bench seat. The GMC donated its 12-volt wiring harness, power steering box and its power brake booster.
This truck has hauled anything and everything. Now it even plows my driveway in the winter.
Thanks for the great web site!