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#1510636 Wed Jul 26 2023 02:52 PM
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1940 Chevy 1/2 ton Panel Truck

I found this truck in Northern Wyoming that had been setting outside since 1965. I bought the truck, I am the 3rd owner! Got it back to Mississippi and gave it the 'once' over. I converted the 216 'babbit dipper' to 12v, having replaced the Coil, Condenser, Points, Plugs, Wires, Resistor, etc., jumped a hose into a gas can to the carb, turned it over about 3 times and it fired right up! Then I drained the 'molasses' oil from the pan, replaced it with a gallon of diesel fuel, cranked it up and let it 'idle' for about 15 minutes. Drained that out, replaced with 30w Quaker State Oil (I had some on the shelf), and have been driving it ever since. Of course, I thoroughly went thru the steering and brakes. I had to replace all the wheel cylinders and was able to save the Master. New shoes were also in order. Oh, and new tires.
I have a rebuilt 250 that will eventually go in, once the 216 gives up the ghost. I intend to leave the original 'patina' and have replaced the 'mag wheels' with original rims and 1040 Chevy hubcaps. (No pic of that yet)
It is the most fun vehicle I have owned. It can sit at car shows between Corvettes and SS Chevelle's but everyone just crawls all over this thing. (I do suggest they get a tetanus shot afterwards. LOL)

If at first you don't succeed . . .
er . . . then skydiving may NOT be for you!

1946 Chevy 1.5-Ton Flatbed [] Completed
1946 Chevy 1.5-Ton [] Just getting started
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Nice panel. I definitely agree with you on our old trucks vs Corvettes and SS Chevelles. When I get my truck completed and take it to car shows, it'll definitely add some "class" to otherwise boring shows full of Corvettes, etc.

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