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1959 Chevrolet Viking 40
#1397450 Mon Feb 15 2021 07:19 PM
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1959 Chevrolet Viking 40

Rich Winter
Janesville, MN


I was approached this last fall (2020) and asked if I might be interested in this truck. It was located about 5 miles from my place. I had seen it in the past and it always appeared to be in fairly decent shape so I went to check it out. It was in a shed and had not been used since 2014, as their farming operation outgrew it. At some point the fellow's dad had replaced the original 6 cylinder engine with a 283 V8. The cab is in remarkably good shape for its age--a couple of small rust areas, but I've seen much worse on trucks of this age. It has 19.5" tires with the 5 and 10 lug bolt pattern.
We agreed on a price and my wife and I towed it home with our pickup. There were no brakes on it so I rode the hand brake as necessary. After getting it home it didn't take too much to get it running. Mostly a matter of cleaning the points, freeing up the linkage for the manual choke which had rusted, and putting some fresh gas in the tank.
So far that's about all I've done with it. It needs a new water pump, plus getting the brakes fixed, and a few other things. These will be addressed when the weather improves next spring, along with a good clean up.

Rich

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1959 Chev. Viking 40

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Re: 1959 Chevrolet Viking 40
Rich'sToys #1397491 Tue Feb 16 2021 12:12 AM
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Nice Viking Rich, yours is in way better shape than mine. Looks like yours has a dump bed as well.

Thanks for posting.

John


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Re: 1959 Chevrolet Viking 40
Rich'sToys #1397521 Tue Feb 16 2021 04:59 AM
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Yes, it does have the dump bed. Have not tried that yet, as the cable which engages the PTO is also rusted up and not moving--something else I need to take care of when the weather warms up!


Rich

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1947 Chev. Loadmaster

1959 Chev. Viking 40

Genie: "I am the genie from a magic lamp and I have the power to grant you three wishes."
Me: "I want to be rich."
Genie: "OK, Rich, what's your second wish?"









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