Years ago I found a real barn find. It was when Craigslist was just getting known and I learned about it.
A family posted about a 46 Chevy 2-Ton for sale not far from us. No pictures.
So I posted on the Bolt about it and offered to go look at it for anyone.
I figured that at the price they were asking, it must be some old truck setting out along the wood line on the farm.
But a few guys asked me for more info about it, so I called and made an appointment to look at it for them.
The owner had passed away and his son met me at his Mom's farm. I met Mom and we chatted, then the son and I went up to the barn.
There setting in the corner of the barn was an original 1946 2 ton Chevy grain truck.
With out even looking it over, I said I'll take it!
Turns out, that his Dad bought it new in 1946 and they row cropped, raised cattle and hogs way back when.
It was fully loaded with radio, heater and dual wipers. Original grain bed still on it.
Door art that said, Hiate Brothers, phone F-30, Holts Summit, Mo. Tires still held air!
This is a one owner truck from 1946! No rust and in really good original shape.
So we made the deal and I would bring cash when I picked it up the next weekend.
It was cold and rainy when I went to get it. The 1946 title was signed over to me and we went to get it out of the barn so I could hook a tow bar to it.
About 12 miles of gravel roads to our house. Low and slow.
A lot of the family came out to say goodbye to the old truck that had been in the family for so long.
The kicker was, the son came out with a picture of his Dad and his two brothers standing next to it with the drivers door open. Circa 1950?
The truck looks exactly the same today. I was also able to get a picture of Mrs. Hiate, her son and nephew standing next to the door in the same position.
I made a photo album with that picture and pictures of me dragging it home.
Sadly, the last brother pasted away a few years ago and I took that album to the visitation. It was a hit. But never got it back.
All the other pictures I had are held hostage by Photobucket.
Found a picture of it at the 2009 All Truck Nationals. It was the stage all weekend.https://www.facebook.com/alltrucknats/photos/a.1176965082317085/1176971512316442/?type=3
Tired of typing, Have a good night!