Roland Warkentin's

1951 GMC 3/4-Ton and 1950 Chevy 1/2-Ton


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16 April 2007
# 1925 and #1926

From Roland :

           Here are some pics of two trucks I have acquired over the last year. There are more photos on my Webshots album.

           One is a 1951 GMC 3/4-ton (or maybe a 1-ton) that I paid $100 for last fall.  It is relatively free of rust, only a little in some of the common areas. It had a wooden hopper bottom grain box on it. I didn't want the box so I unbolted it and hooked it with a chain to an old combine sitting directly behind. Then I pulled the truck out from under it.

           It was approximately three miles from where it was in the field to my brothers farm, so we decided to pull it home. Three tires held air but the forth had a large gash in it. We pulled it anyway.

           After about one mile, the flat tire was shredded and very lumpy. It was the rear right tire, so at 20 mph, it got to bucking real bad. I was banging my head on the roof. At mile two, there was a huge explosion that nearly caused me to fill my drawers. The front left tire had blown. So now I had flats on opposite sides, front and back.

           The rest of the trip was much more of a rocking sensation, kinda like a nice lope on a rough horse! At last we got it home and put in the "new pasture" with some more modern "iron" to keep it company.

           The 1950 Chev 1/2-ton I picked up this in early April for free from a friend of a co-worker. The guy was a little overwhelmed by the enormity of the project, so even though he paid a farmer $500 for it last fall, he gave it to me just to get it out of his driveway. Now he can drive his '60 F#&D project truck in and out easier.

           The '50 has some real good chrome parts and other stuff but the body is quite rusted out. The farmer used the rear axle for a trailer years ago so it sat flat on the ground in the back for a long time.

           Thanks again for the BEST site in all of computer land!!! 

Roland Warkentin
"Chevy Nut"
Bolter # 9785
Grande Prairie, Alberta (just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle. Almost hit a Polar Bear coming home from work one day!! Just kidding!!)
Canada



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