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He Restored Two Antique Trucks
Thanks for publishing the stories on my modified Wheel Horse tractors (Vol. 24, No. 6 and Vol. 25, No. 1). I'm proud of two antique trucks that I restored - the 1929 Chevy 1-ton model and a 1932 Ford Model B equipped with dual tandem rear wheels. Both trucks are very rare. The Chevy has a blue body with black fenders on front and diamond plate aluminum fenders on back. The wheels are aluminum mags. The truck's rear end is off a Pontiac car. There's a big "cherry bomb" exhaust muffler alongside each side of the truck, just above the running board. After I bought the truck, I replaced the original 6-cyl. engine with a V-8, 454 cu. in. engine. It lasted a few years and then I replaced it with a 402 cu. in. engine.
  The first year Chevy offered trucks with a 6-cyl. engine was in 1929. It was a depression year so not many of these trucks were ever made. At that time Chevy trucks were built with frames that had a lot of wood, which is another reason these trucks are so rare. I had to make a few new wood pieces on my truck's frame to replace ones that had rotted out.
  The Ford truck has a red body with black fenders and is powered by a 427 cu. in. Chevy engine. This truck also has diamond plate aluminum fenders on back, which I made out of cold air duct pipes. I call it my "Great Mountain Climber" because I replaced the original V-8 engine with a big alcohol-injected engine and drove this truck for years in 2-WD truck pulling contests. It had cleated tires mounted on a single rear axle. When the engine suddenly quit on me, I replaced it with the Chevy engine and added a second rear axle off a Chevy 3/4-ton pickup. Only the rear axle drives.
  My Ford was originally used as a logging truck and was equipped with big wheels and a stake bed. I removed the original bed and made a new one equipped with wooden racks. I keep a load of nail kegs on the bed to add to the old-time look. The original fuel tank rusted out so I replaced it with one off an old Massey Harris self-propelled corn picker. The outside part of the tank serves as a toolbox and has a Chevy hub cap at one end that serves as a lid. The hub cap is held on by a pair of wing nuts. (Charlie Melton, 6941 Eyman Rd., Washington Court House, Ohio 43160)

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3