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COBBLED UP HAM CAN HAULER
#1367045 Mon Jun 29 2020 10:05 PM
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My daughter and I bought a "1949 Chev" pickup for a fun restore project, in not-running shape. When I started to buy parts for restoring, I discovered the previous owner probably owned a wrecking yard and made this thing from miscellaneous parts laying around, then removed the factory vin badge from the driver door and took it in for police inspection and new state title issuance.

The hood says Chevrolet 3100. The badge and title says 1949 Chevvy. The dashboard and gauges are clearly 1954-55 GMC. The front brakes are Bendix 2x12, in 8 bolt 16 inch wheel drum. The rear brakes are Huck 2X12 in an 8 bolt 16 inch wheel drum. The wheels and tires are modern 3/4 ton 8 bolt one piece wheel 16 inch. The windshield is 1 piece curved like 1955.

The engine has a 12 volt alternator and starter and all engine panel wiring appears to be all factory 12 volt. Gages work on 12 volt, without voltage changer. The front grill is 5 row chrome chevvy 1949. It is a long bed pickup. Golly, I wish I had known more about these trucks before I bought it.

But we will have fun, fix it up, and haul her "Ham Can" trailer to meets, even though it is not "pure." I am thinking of naming it "FrankenTruck and getting license plates that say from Rumania. Have any of you out there run into similar grafted things?

Spirit Lake, Idaho


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Re: COBBLED UP HAM CAN HAULER
vayidaho #1367050 Mon Jun 29 2020 10:36 PM
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Welcome. You are experiencing what many if not most have found before you. Your running gear is 3/4 ton, newer on the front and probably original on the rear. The cab may or may not have been changed. It is possible for a talented body man to fit the curved windshield into the older body. As far as 12 volt, that’s a common upgrade. We even have a Stovebolt Tech Tip on how to do it. Chevy did not go 12 volt until much later so if your wiring is 12 volt it’s not original to the truck. Isn’t it fun to figure all this stuff out just to go to the parts store. As long as your paperwork matches the numbers on the truck you’re good to go. Have fun.🛠


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Re: COBBLED UP HAM CAN HAULER
vayidaho #1367051 Mon Jun 29 2020 10:43 PM
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I feel very lucky that my '57 two ton is mostly original. It looks like one fender and door are from a county truck 'cause of the orange paint under the factory color but the running gear, interior, dash, wiring, etc. appear original. It was certainly a farm truck with some good ol' farmer repair and paint but not much as far as irreversible damage. Just have fun with what you have and no need to stress over little stuff.


1957 Chevrolet 5700 LCF 283 SM420 single speed rear, 1955 IH 300U T/A, 1978 Corvette 350 auto
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vayidaho #1367116 Tue Jun 30 2020 07:09 AM
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There are very few of these old trucks that haven't been cobbled together with parts from multiple model years in their 70-year history. Parts interchangeability is one of the benefits of AD trucks. Sounds like you have some fun plans for yours.


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vayidaho #1367125 Tue Jun 30 2020 01:16 PM
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Thomas, consider yourself lucky as you won't have the guilt of taking a mostly original truck and changing things. Sounds like a fun project.

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Re: COBBLED UP HAM CAN HAULER
vayidaho #1367137 Tue Jun 30 2020 02:13 PM
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Pics !!! We need pics.

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vayidaho #1367211 Tue Jun 30 2020 08:54 PM
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Hi Thomas, you will find that many of us may be envious of your find. The fun part for me is that hey, I won't spend big bucks getting the exact part and finding later it is wrong. Be very proud of what you have,they are hard to find in ANY condition. I often tell folks that if I had to start over restoration like I did 44 years ago as a youngster. My 54" 3100 restoration costs would not be practical. Thank goodness I have a lot of original and mint used parts in a barn (well organized), because for years my 54 was a daily driver. I foresaw a future restoration. T-boning a Suburban that pulled out fast in front of me I was able to get nearly all my body parts from the barn. You and your daughter have fun. Of all my classic and antiques my Chevy is the most fun to work on and drive. Doc. also what 68ironhead said


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Re: COBBLED UP HAM CAN HAULER
vayidaho #1367255 Wed Jul 01 2020 02:16 AM
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Being the owner of a 47 Willys CJ2A, I am also a CJ2A Forum member. Over there many refer to their rigs as a "Jeep Salad" as some have components from MB's, GPW's, 2A's, 2B's, M38's, M38A1's, 3B's and others. I don't see a problem mixing and matching any of these old vehicles to keep them on the road. It makes for some really interesting vehicles.
Fred

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vayidaho #1367275 Wed Jul 01 2020 03:45 AM
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Welcome!
Embrace what you have and enjoy it as it is. You can honestly say that yours is one of a kind.


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