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#821945 - Wed Feb 01 2012 07:31 PM 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham  
Britcon  Offline
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Joined: May 2004
Posts: 1,564
Birch Bay, WA
Finally getting around to posting in the Gallery !
My truck is a 1940 KC that has been " rodded ", with a 327 Chevy small block bored .060 over, roller rockers, cam, edelbrock intake and carb, ceramic coated headers, balanced, with hypereutetic pistons, etc., etc. Trans. is a TH 350 with a shift kit, and rear-end is from a '56 chev car - 3.42 gears and posi. Front end is a Mustang 2, with 9" Granada disc brakes, and a power rack. Rear brakes are drum. Wheels are Torquer 2 style - 17", with 275 rubber all around.
History: I purchased the truck in 2004 after looking for a number of years. It started its life on a Dairy Farm near San Francisco. Fellow I purchased it from bought it from the farmer in 1960, slid in a camper, and took the family camping thru Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado in the " stock " truck. He dropped in a 327 HiPo motor from a '66 Chevelle, added the 350 trans, and rear-end in the mid seventies, retired to Oregon in '94, and had the stock front end swapped out for the Mustang 2 setup. When I bought the truck it was in pretty sad shape. Motor was burning oil and knocking, filler in fenders was cracking, interior was shot. I thought I would just pretty it up with a new paint job and mechanical stuff...HA HA HA ! Spoke to a friend who owns a body shop. He convinced me that throwing a coat of paint over the problems was a waste of money - that I had something pretty unique, and should do it right. So, I tore her down to the bare frame, stripped the body to bare metal. Luckily, body was in decent shape with only a bit of rust on the cab corners front and rear. Front fenders were OK / rear fenders were beat to heck !. Had 1" filler everywhere, and bad rust. I ended up finding a set that were a little better and having body guy fix them. Motor was stripped and rebuilt, trans and rear-end got a going thru, sent cab & body parts out for painting. Box was shot - totally beat up, tail gate bent and rusted. Found a local sheetmetal shop that reproduced the bed sides and front panel, and bought a tailgate. Had an Upholstery Shop redo the existing seats and interior, put her all back together, and a mere 3.5 years later, and much more $$$ than I had ever imagined, we are back on the road.
It was worth every cent, and hour spent. We love the truck, hit as many shows as we can in the summer, have met some great people along the way.......
You can check out some pics at: http://community.webshots.com/user/britcon



#821948 - Wed Feb 01 2012 07:46 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
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Utah
She's a beaut' for sure! I love that shade of blue, too. Thanks for posting! thumbs_up


#821952 - Wed Feb 01 2012 08:19 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Husker]  
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Posts: 371
Japan
Mr. Bruce,
Your tuck is inspiring and you really don't see too many 40's running around. Great jog on the build and I like the history as well.

Bread


#824663 - Fri Feb 10 2012 04:05 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
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mo.newmadrid
one super sharp show truck .


#824994 - Sat Feb 11 2012 04:00 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: cuz]  
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Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
....and it looks even better in person. I got to tell Bruce how nice back in June 2010. (say hello to Tammy for Victoria and I)


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#826269 - Tue Feb 14 2012 11:21 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Achipmunk]  
Britcon  Offline
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Birch Bay, WA
Thanks guys....the credit goes to " Husker " who lit a fire under my butt to get the pics / story posted *g*
Alvin......everytime I see one of those cooking shows from down your way I think we have got to get back there one of these days *G*


#831425 - Fri Mar 02 2012 02:38 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
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Posts: 84
Missoula, MT
Awesome truck Bruce, inspires us all.


#833171 - Wed Mar 07 2012 10:41 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Al_Lake]  
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Maple Ridge, BC
Hey Bruce, nice article on your truck, and like Alvin says, it looks even better in person. You didn't mention the chick-magnet aspect of the truck. Just kidding Tammy!


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When wrestling a grizzly bear, you have to keep at it until the bear gets tired, not when you get tired.


1948 Chevy 2-Ton

#833756 - Fri Mar 09 2012 08:52 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Super55]  
Britcon  Offline
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Posts: 1,564
Birch Bay, WA
*L*....Tammy chases away anyone who gets within 5', especially the good looking ladies ! She assures me its only to keep those darn purses from scratching the paint...


#834540 - Mon Mar 12 2012 04:23 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
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Posts: 537
Maple Ridge B.C.Canada
it is definitely a sweeet ride. That's the only way to go, in the weeds asphalt scrape'in
rumbl'in hot rod. I never tire of drooling over your truck every time we see it.

nice to see it in the gallery, got to get off my butt and set up a web shot gallery for my trucks too.

cheers!

Mike


1947 Studebaker M15 on 76 GMC one ton dually chassis with 454 4 spd
1953 Chevrolet 1/2 ton p/u
1990 c2500 4x4 long box ext cab

#835734 - Fri Mar 16 2012 08:18 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: burgundybolt]  
Dusty  Offline
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Canterbury , NewZealand
Fabulous looking truck Bruce , and my favorite year too smile

Thanks for sharing.


#1136562 - Fri Nov 27 2015 08:30 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
Beebs  Offline
New Guy
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 10
Washington
I just purchased a all original 1940 1/2 SB. Truck. It is going to be a tuff choice on the rebuild. Do I leave it original? Or install a small v8, front end..etc. your truck is gorgeous.


#1136590 - Fri Nov 27 2015 02:53 PM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
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Northern Illinois Kane county
Very nice! Love the front end--


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#1199509 - Fri Jan 13 2017 05:04 AM Re: 1940 Chevy 1/2 ton - Bruce Graham [Re: Britcon]  
Britcon  Offline
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Birch Bay, WA
Thanks again for all the kind comments !

Keep on truckin !


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