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22 August 2011
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From Gene :
After acquiring a 1996 Dodge Stratus to fix up for my daughter, my interest in older vehicles was re-kindled. Working on that Dodge -- what a nightmare that turned out to be. It made me long for the simple non-electronic days. That's when I decided to start looking for an old truck.
While searching, I discovered that the 1940's trucks were less expensive than the 1950's. Luck came my way as I just so happened to find three to choose from in the Bend, Oregon area. This one was chosen because it was the most complete of the bunch and it ran.
The fact it ran and was driven onto the car carrier under its own power was really cool. Unfortunately, I found out what that really means is that the running gear, springs and most everything else was all really worn.
My plan is to do a close to original restoration. The engine machine work has yet to be done, but once that's finished, it will be just a matter of getting it bolted together along with all the other various bolt on items and the mechanical work will be about done.
I have changed out the rear end gears.
When completed, I plan on driving it daily to work . As far as the paint goes, the color is Export Blue with the white reduced 50% in the formula.
It was a really nice surprise to discover that finding parts has turned out to be much easier than before thanks to the Internet. I have located parts such as a heater on eBay. Currently, I am working on the body so I can mount and assemble the cab this winter. My best guess, is that it will take at least until next summer to get it on the road.
I'm not completely new to this sort of thing as I restored a 1953 (but not quite down to the frame) back some 20 years ago.