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Owned by Jay Whiting
Bolter # 16734
Shakopee, Minnesota

Talking about this truck
in the DITY Gallery

02 May 2009
# 2597

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From Jay :

It all started with a local farmer calling me up because he knew I was interested in local history. He wanted to donate an old 1941 Chevy 1 1/2-ton delivery truck to our local historical society but needed $1500 to do it.

This old Art Deco Chevrolet was not in too bad of shape. So I lobbied the Board of Directors to take on the "living history" project as a way to get younger people involved in the Society. The project created some interest but even more headaches (for me) as some of the more vocal elderly women on the board could not sleep until this project was off their radar. So to keep the peace, I purchased the Society's interests and have begun this project on my own.

The project is now well under way with the truck in as many pieces as you could imagine. The engine has been rebuilt and most of the rust removal, priming and some re-painting has taken place.

The engine pictured here is a 1941 216 - 6 cylinder rebuilt and bored out .040. There will be a nice red air cleaner mounted on the top of the carburator, when completed.

I have taken a break from the project this past year to build a suitable garage for the finished truck.

The truck will be a historic restoration and restored to its paint color and scheme of when it was used as a local delivery truck for Rock Spring beverages of Shakopee, MN in the 1940s and& '50s. I will attempt to utilize authentic parts when available, but this project would not be considered "original."

When its new home is complete, I will have it stored along with company marketing and other memorabilia from the company's past to create a living history type garage museum. I envision driving this truck in local parades and show it off at other local community events.


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