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#1434468 Wed Dec 22 2021 11:44 PM
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Gary42 Offline OP
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton Pickup

Found my truck by asking around. Heard that a guy in Bend, Oregon had a 1942 pickup that had been parked 40 years, was almost complete (including the original hubcaps), and he wanted it to go to someone who could make it drivable again. Bert sent me 3 pictures and I knew this would be my next project. We made a deal over the phone and I made plans with my friend, Vern to haul it back to Medford, Oregon, about 4 hrs away.
The story goes, it was built in Oakland, California in November,1941, bought from the Chevy dealer in Medford by a couple from Prospect, Or., that's on the way to Crater Lake.
Resold and moved from Rogue River to the Applegate Valley and finally to Bend in the late 1970's.
Engine was froze tight so I soaked the cylinders with Marvel Mystery Oil. Rebuilt carb., distributor, new wires, sparkplugs, replace frozen waterpump, new radiator. It runs good, now what? Brakes and rewire, time to pull the dash.
Bench seat is getting reupholstered and the exhaust header pipe and glasspack replaced.
Plan is to drive it with patina on the outside and paint the interior.
In the70's the engine was swapped out for a 1953 Belair 235 automatic, he kept the 4 speed. The new engine came with a stock oil filter also.
A spare engine and 4 spd. transmission followed us home in the bed of the truck, we're lucky it didn't fall thru the floor.
In checking the casting numbers on the block I found it was cast in 1956 and on my birthday, its an omen, keep this engine and build it, more ponies.
This truck was run hard and not cleaned or maintained well, needs lots of pressure washing or steam cleaning.
All total really like the truck's bodystyle and history. He's a keeper.
Last edited by Gary42; Tue Dec 28 2021 06:49 PM. Reason: Update engine swap out

First truck 1956 Ford F100 frame up restore
1966 Bronco, frame up restore w/upgrades
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton, Barn find, not driven yet
1991 BMW 325ic driven
2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 driven
Gary42 #1434736 Sat Dec 25 2021 09:13 PM
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 101
Nice truck! Enjoy working on it and driving.... lots of folks will like to see it as well.

Gary42 #1434815 Mon Dec 27 2021 12:57 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,477
Workshop Owner
Looks real solid. Good score. thumbs_up


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