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#838207 Sat Mar 24 2012 02:16 PM
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My name is Paul Denicola and I just got signed up as a forum member. My brother-in-law, Elwood Bright, farmed for years in the Mississippi Delta ( D.E. Bright and Sons Farms, Doddsville, Ms.) and he gave me a 1946 Chevy 1 1/2 ton grain hauling truck. He parked it running in 1971 under one of his barns. We pulled it out in the fall of 2011, took the Army 2 1/2 ton truck body off the back of it and I trailered it to my shop in Rabun County Georgia. I am doing a complete rebuild. I am not going to do an "authentic original" rebuild but rather a rebuild that will make the truck safer and easier to drive and maintain. The truck VIN is 3 OS I 07809; 3 is St. Louis, Missouri plant; OS is 1946 (Interim Series), 1.5 ton, 160" wheelbase; I is September production and 07809 is the 6808th unit made in 1946 (07809-1001=6808). The model number is 4403 and it has the "Thrift-master"216.5 cu. in. engine. My first accomplishment was tackling the wheels and tires. I decided to go with modern one-piece welded wheels and radial tires. I purchased 6 Accuride item number 29667PG wheels and mounted Dynatrc ST990, 8R19.5 tires on them. I went to a local machine shop with a mounted wheel/tire and one of the brake drums with the hub on it and had them make spacer rings that will take up the space between the new wheel hub hole and the original truck hub so that the new wheel will still be "hub centered" and not move around on the hub when mounted. The tires are a few inches shorter than the originals but I was willing to make that trade off to get rid of the split rims and bias ply tires. My latest effort has been disassembly of the front cap and removal of the cab which is now complete. The truck is in great shape with the exception of a "locked up" engine. I purchased a 235 cu.in. replacement engine locally to get modern bearings and full pressure oiling. I also bought a spare transmission that was available with the replacement engine. My next project is to get the brake system rebuilt so I can remount the wheels/tires and move the chassis around easier. Wish me luck. I've gone through lots of cut-off disks getting those rusted bolts off and couldn't have gotten this far without the help of my brother Jim Denicola and friends Bill Newman and Jeff Reichmann. As soon as I can figure out how to post pictures I'll do so as I have been documenting this entire "journey." Thanks to all you "bolters" who have given me the information and encouragement to get this far.


"Bully" 1946 1 1/2-Ton Chevy Flatbed
"Bully"
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Paul Denicola #838376 Sun Mar 25 2012 02:37 AM
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Sign up for something like Flikr or Picasa. All of those things are free. Then post a link. We are looking forward to seeing your photos.

crenwelge #838462 Sun Mar 25 2012 01:57 PM
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'Bolter
Welcome : Looks like your hitting the ground running with this project! I went with a insert motor on my 46 also. Nice to see anther Big Bolter in this part of country. I'll be watching for pics.

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If you're not done yet w/ rusty bolts, heating them red hot does wonders to the rust.


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
EdPruss #852032 Thu May 17 2012 01:37 AM
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Can someone please help me know where I can find & buy these :

"6 Accuride item number 29667PG wheels
and mounted Dynatrc ST990, 8R19.5 tires"

I have a similar BB & need some new wheels & tire options...

Thank you in advance.


Kieran K.
Farmville, VA
'47 ('46 Model/Art Deco) 1.5 Ton
Kieran #852055 Thu May 17 2012 03:10 AM
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Welcome to the site. Not sure how I missed your post when you first made it. I'm down in Athens and have a '46 OS as well.

Do you still have your original rims/tires? I'm always on the lookout for spare parts. I'm keeping with the original 216 as well...I have two replacements now. One from a 1/2ton and one from a two ton I found later. I'll be using the 2ton as it has the larger transmission attached and was running when pulled recently.

Keep us posted on your progress, and we love pictures. (and spare parts) smile

Tad


1946 Chevy OS 1.5ton, 1955 GMC 3100, along with other various IH,Ford,Nash,MGB,.....
Jungerfrosch #852177 Thu May 17 2012 07:51 PM
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Welcome aboard and good luck on you project.

Ken


1946 Chevrolet 2-Ton
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1954 Chev 1/2-ton
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4 John Deeres
1 Oliver
1955 DeSoto Fireflite

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