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#903331 Thu Dec 13 2012 02:37 PM
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I had aquired two half ton Chevy pick ups, a 1942 and a 1951 and each had been restored prior to my ownership. My interest in larger trucks led to purchasing a 1947 Diamond T, Model 509 (GVW 14,700 pounds), also previously restored. On all three trucks, prior restoration activities had issues that annoyed me and that got me to thinking of trying to do a frame off restoration myself. If I was going to do that, I wanted it to be a truck that I really liked, and that happened to be the Chevrolet Advance Design Cab Over Engine (COE) trucks. Now you have to understand I have little mechanical experience, as my day job is a desk jockey (I spend my days peering through a microscope). I have gained experience repairing my other trucks, which gave me the confidence to attempt a complete restoration.

It took awhile to find a suitable candidate, which I finally located in Minnesota, just east of Fargo, North Dakota. Off I went, on a 3600 mile roundtrip journey, starting in Prescott, AZ. Here is a link to a picture of the return trip taken in Colorado Springs.;_suid=1355426301160036770561160092313

The truck was pretty complete, an important consideration with these trucks. Many of the cab parts interchange with the ordinary trucks, so reproduction parts are available. Certain things, like the doors, hood, grab handles, floorboards and fenders are unique. You will notice the truck used to be black and I am more partial to blue, so I decided to repaint it in Mariner Blue, a correct color for that year truck. I also restored the bed, using reclaimed telephone poles out of the Arizona desert, which provided very dry and stable wood. It has a hydraulic lift, so this truck could acutally go to work. After four years here is the result.;_suid=1355425333132046279539932922225

This truck has already been in the Prescott, AZ, Christmas Parade, but since it has to earn it's keep, I anticipate it will make a few runs to the local dump.

I had alot of help along the way and has been a consistent resource.

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Tue Dec 25 2012 08:33 PM. Reason: typo

1937 Chevy 1/2 ton
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton
1950 Chevy COE Model 5700 ~ "Barney" ~ And more pix
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You do nice work! I like it!

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truck and bed highly impressive.

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New Guy
Incredible work!

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Wrench Fetcher
Beautiful Truck.....

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Shop Shark
Very nice!

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Wrench Fetcher
It looks even better in person - nice work Dad!

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This is Dave from sun city west. I bought the 5700 hood emblems from you. We have a mutual friend that repaire gages. Would you happen to have any leads on the long outside mirror arms like the ones on your 50' COE? I need one (pass. side) if they're like the ones you have.
Thanks for the info.Hope to see you in the Fall.

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I don't know currently where you might find long mirror arms, but they do come up on Ebay occasionally. I will keep an eye out for you. If you can see from my pictures, the drivers side is fixed length ( I believe stock) and the passenger side is adjustable. That is the way the truck came to me and I just cleaned them up, painted and re-installed. So they are mismatched, but hey, it is a farm truck and part of the "character".

1937 Chevy 1/2 ton
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton
1950 Chevy COE Model 5700 ~ "Barney" ~ And more pix
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New Guy

It's a beautiful truck! Great job! I have a questions... I have a 1948 Chevy COE, I purchased a new throttle cable because it was missing. Would you have a photo of diagram of how the throttle cable is attached? I know that it didn't go directly to the carburetor.
Thank you,
Lisa smile

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