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Posted By: Dan Beluscak Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sun Oct 31 2021 04:07 PM
Found another stovebolt that I couldn't pass up. Needs a lot but it's not going to be yard art anymore. The wife wasn't real impressed but the time to buy something is when you find it. Drug it home yesterday, just thought I'd share it.

How'd I do?

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Posted By: coilover Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sun Oct 31 2021 08:08 PM
Would you consider taking a picture of the front brake rods and levers on backing plate? We have one with none. Thank you; Evan
Posted By: Hotrod Lincoln Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sun Oct 31 2021 10:07 PM
My grandfather hauled beer from Milwaukee and St. Louis to Nashville with a couple of those rigs (34 model) set up as tractor-trailers. Mechanical brakes on the tractors, and NO brakes on the trailers. Later they converted the tractors to vacuum boosters on the mechanical brake systems.
Jerry
Posted By: Dan Beluscak Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Mon Nov 01 2021 02:00 AM
I can do that Coilover. I actually bought 2. The other is just a frame from a 1930 pickup. Judging by the size of the rear end / brakes I assume the frame is actually a 1/2 T. Couldn't pass it up for the price. Paid $17.50 for the frame!

The 31' is out at my property, it'll be a few days before I can get back there. But if it'll help I'll get pics from the frame it's behind my shed.

Hotrod; it amazes me what these old trucks were used for. Not sure how they've even survived, with all the wood for a cab you'd think it'd be just gone! This one needs a ton of TLC but it seems to mostly be all there. The front crossmember has been welded back together some time in the past but the frame hasn't been broke in two yet!

I'm going to try and keep this as it original as physically possible. Mechanical brakes and all. It would just be fun to put around town in.

If anyone recognizes that hood I'd like to know from where. All my research before and after the auction I can't seem to find another hood with vents like those. Also the radiator and grill, probably all came from the same donor. Did these old stovebolts have a hand crank option?
Posted By: Hotrod Lincoln Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Mon Nov 01 2021 02:44 AM
There was a County Mountie in Kentucky who would spend all day watching a hill near his town, and weigh any truck that had to drop down to 1st. gear to pull the hill. Then he would fine anybody who was even slightly overweight, or solicit a bribe. One of those beer trucks could pull much better than the other one. They would load the weak one with an exactly legal load, and while it was getting weighed, the other rig would sail on by in 2nd. gear- - - - -with a big overload!
Jerry
Posted By: Jeff Meng Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Mon Nov 01 2021 09:28 PM
I believe the hood is from a 1932 chevrolet cabriolet deluxe, a model I've always admired.
Posted By: Mike B Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Tue Nov 02 2021 01:45 AM
I agree the hood is 1932 passenger car. The Deluxe cars had chrome louvers while the Standard had painted.

Yes, they all had hand cranks as standard issue...

Mike B smile
Posted By: Dan Beluscak Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Tue Nov 02 2021 06:01 AM
Well that hood appears to fit like a glove! Thanks, I'll look that up I'm missing one chrome "wing".

I have some pics of the brake levers. Tricky things to get a good angle on. I'll take some from the big truck and see if they're the same.

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Posted By: NH46COE Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Fri Nov 05 2021 01:55 AM
Great find !
Posted By: glenns towing Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sun Nov 07 2021 09:50 PM
Sweet potatoes. thumbs_up
Posted By: 35mike Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Tue Nov 09 2021 11:48 PM
1933 Chevy trucks used the hood, fenders, and a painted version of the 1932 passenger car grille shell. I suspect your truck is a '33. Look at some websearch images of '31, '32, and '33 Chevy trucks. I think the mystery will be solved. Neat looking truck. Any I.D. tags anywhere?

Mike
Posted By: Chris's 46 / 515 Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Wed Nov 10 2021 01:56 AM
Either way. Very cool to get a truck that has been untouched for this many decades!
Posted By: Dan Beluscak Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Wed Nov 10 2021 07:07 AM
The previous owner was pretty convinced it's a 31. But.. I'm not versed in real early pickups. Just learning! There's a tag, but not much left on it. Someone just HAD to have a hole there! I'll do some digging around, see what I can find. Hard to tell much difference between 31-33. I've read fenders, cowls, and hoods are different, but I can't much tell from pics. The fenders I got with the 30' frame look very similar to the fenders on the 31'.

I would like to find front rims to match the rear. Not a huge fan of the spokes. All in due time.

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Posted By: Lightholder's Dad Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Wed Nov 10 2021 03:16 PM
The "1CB.." on the serial number plate indicates Flint, 1933 1/2 ton truck. Clearly the rear axle is from a larger truck but it is curious that a big truck would come with wire spoke front wheels. Perhaps the truck is a 1/2 ton that had the rear axle switched? More investigation needed regarding the the front axle, frame size, etc.
Kent
Posted By: fixite7 Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Fri Nov 12 2021 04:58 PM
Dan Beluscak Always buy em so you can sleep in em for a few days LOL !!
Posted By: fixite7 Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Mon Dec 27 2021 08:52 PM
Dan Beluscak Always buy em so you can sleep in em LOL important rule of old truck buying !!!
Posted By: thurman Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sat Jan 15 2022 03:24 PM
I think you did great! Almost as pretty as my '35 (Qubie is prettier 'cause she's mine). I keep my mechanical brakes adjusted properly and I generally have no problem driving and stopping here in the WNC mountains. There was one time tho; I had 980 pounds of broken concrete blocks in the back that I was taking to the landfill. I was on a steep downhill stretch with a T intersection at the bottom, and if I had not been in the proper (low) gear or if I had a weak right leg, I would have sailed through that stop and off the road. As long as you're empty and drive sane, you should have no problems. If you have a load, be extra careful.

My '35 came with a hand crank. It stores under the seat along with the jack, which uses a different crank.
Posted By: coilover Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sat Jan 15 2022 04:07 PM
Dan,
THANK YOU so much! Your "not perfect" pictures are a huge help for one that has Nothing.
Evan
Posted By: Hotrod Lincoln Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sat Jan 15 2022 05:56 PM
Grandpa's beer hauling 1935 Chevy tractor-trailer rigs got retrofitted with a vacuum booster for the original mechanical brake system, a cylinder that basically made the driver's right leg stronger- - - -still had no trailer brakes, however! They hauled bottles and kegs from Milwaukee and St. Louis to Nashville in the mid-1930's. Sadly, no pictures of those rigs survived!
Jerry
Posted By: Spencer Manning Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Tue Jan 18 2022 08:36 PM
I love this old buggy. I have a '41 2-ton with a 1960 261 engine.
Posted By: Dan Beluscak Re: Another Field Find - 31' Chevy 1.5 Ton - Sat Jan 22 2022 01:37 AM
So I've looked over the ol girl a little more. Moved it back to my new property in town. Got an industrial zoned lot so the mayor can't complain about my vehicle assortment! Anyways, I'm fairly certain that the cab is not original to the frame. It's definitely a 1.5 ton frame. I have an 18' car hauler and she touches both ends of it. The half ton 1930 frame I bought with is much shorter. So I've got a '33 1/2 ton cab on a 1930 1.5 T chassis (I think... lol)

Have to start a new thread bought a new truck!
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