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1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck

Posted By: BigChevroletFan

1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Wed Apr 20 2016 04:45 AM

Hello everybody! Thought it was time to add a new addition to the 1938 Truck gallery! wink
Anyhow, we have a Big Bolt, manufactured in Kansas City, Missouri, still has the tags! This is a dual wheel, 157 inch wheel base truck. We have been looking for one throughout the last year for a farm truck but nothing crazy intense, more for a "classic" farm vehicle look that's taken well care of but still is worked.
We ran across the ad after several pages of Google on a lesser known website. It was a museum located in Rapid City, South Dakota that was selling it after buying it from a sale. We talked on the phone for a few days getting information and figuring out how we'll pay for it and move it off the lot. Turns out I was able to drive with our pickup and trailer that's pictured, to move the truck plus get it to a shop that will help me in getting started! Fun thing was seeing people's thumbs up as they passed and I had one truck driver comment on how awesome it was to see it and really liked the looks of it when I stopped at a truck stop for air. So the plans for the truck is to first get it in running order. Taking the stuck 216 and putting a 261 Chevrolet engine with the four speed transmission that came with the motor with a PTO on it! Our plans is to use it on the farm and once completely road worthy, take produce for delivery or farmer's markets! We are so excited and will definitely keep updating as they come and post pictures once we start. We really like the old classics and intend to use them and take care of them!

Here is the album to the truck!

http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/19Chevy38Guy/library/1938%20Chevrolet%20Truck
Posted By: Wayne67vert

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Wed Apr 20 2016 04:17 PM

Nice!
Looks to be about the same condition that mine was in when I got it.

Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Mon Jun 27 2016 07:09 PM

UPDATE! The shop we have the truck at in Minnesota just now had the 216 taken out, put the 261 in with water pump modifications and a few of the lines as well. He had it driving around and everything looks great! Just waiting now though till we get moved there to see what we can afford after the move which the shop is being very gracious to us in all this. Wanted to share with you what just got accomplished! Have an awesome day everyone!
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Mon Jun 27 2016 09:26 PM

How sweet it is. I can see your big smile from S.C. Thanks for the update and from the pics it looks like some mighty fine work going into it. Keep us posted.
Posted By: Rich'sToys

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Tue Jun 28 2016 04:57 AM

That is an awesome truck.

So you are moving to our fair state? Where are you now and where up here are you moving to? Where is the truck?
Posted By: Peggy M

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Mon Jul 11 2016 08:12 PM

Piecing together the Big Bolt and the 3/4-ton, plus family, kids, a move ... what a lot going on! Now both trucks are in the Gallery.

Peg
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sun Aug 07 2016 05:33 AM

Well Rich, we have been wanting to since March! We are still in Nevada just about to close on our farm. The 1 1/2 ton is in Litchfield, MN and the 3/4 ton will stay here in Nevada until the pickup is completed from it's restoration. We're hoping to buy a home near Maple Lake, MN. Praying and hoping we get there in the next month! We'll be updating as things progress and will definitely make ourselves known that we are in Minnesota once there! grin
Thank you for asking!
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sun Jan 01 2017 05:52 PM

Hello everyone!!!!!! I just brought home the truck after the engine swap from a 216 to a 261. The thing sounds awesome!! Just had enough to do the engine, next thing is the brakes. Just hearing the truck run is so awesome!! Wanted to update you all on this truck, big progress being made on the pickup which I am updating as well! Happy New Year!!
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Mon Jan 02 2017 12:43 AM

Great news BigChevroletFan. That 261 is a dang good engine. Glad things are going well. Keep the progress reports coming.
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sat Nov 10 2018 09:50 PM

UPDATE!!!!! I have new tires on the old wheels now, I am currently working on the brakes, electrical, and we'll be having a running, road worthy daily driver!!! Also, we are moving to Peoria, Illinois area here in December! Lots of commotion going on however slow and steady on getting this old truck done for my daily driver! Hopefully have pictures soon of the truck with the new tires on it! grin
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sat Feb 16 2019 07:22 PM

Picking up steam in the soon to be daily driver! I picked up a bag of ferrules to repair the seat springs, the original fuel tank has came back from Renu Tanks of Shakopee, MN and they did an awesome job! I am in the middle of replacing all the wheel cylinders, master, lines and I have new set of brake shoes for the rear axle! Little by little knocking things off the to do list!

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Posted By: Rusty Rod

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sat Feb 16 2019 10:00 PM

Looking good. you need to post updates more than every 6 months or so tho.. The 38 Grill is my favorite of all the Chevys
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sun Feb 17 2019 05:09 PM

Haha, I'll keep that in mind! grin Mine too, as well as the front fenders!
Posted By: Achipmunk

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Sun Feb 17 2019 06:13 PM

Roll on BigChevroletFan, looking good. Love that style myself.
Posted By: BigChevroletFan

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Fri Mar 15 2019 12:21 AM

Here is a YouTube video link of starting up the truck after replacing the burnt points, adjusted a few things and with the fixed fuel tank now installed! grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFK_xPvJx5A
Posted By: Justhorsenround

Re: 1938 Chevrolet 1 1/2 Ton Truck - Fri Mar 15 2019 01:03 AM

Almost ready for a road trip.🛠
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