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'39 Chevy 1/2-Ton
By John Milliman
The Restoration Series is comprised of trucks undergoing restorations, rebuilds or efforts inbetween. Please note: these trucks may not be 100 percent accurate -- please contact the truck owners to verify items of interest.
What rolled off the trailer in July, 1993, was not a lot to look at. The poor thing had four beat-up fibreglass fenders and only ran for 12 minutes at a time. A smarter man would have used it as a parts truck. But, we forged ahead nonetheless. Here, we have just pulled it off the trailer and are looking it over for the first time. We are also taking pictures of everything, which will be a big help when we have to remember (2 years down the road) how everything goes back together. You just have to love those Town and Country horns! (which don't work).
Gumby was reduced to just a bare frame during the restoration. It was then sand blasted and repainted. Once the paint was on, the springs and axles were refinished and reinstalled. By the way, that's Gumby's great great grandson in the background -- our '93 S-10 Blazer.
After we got the engine running and the interior installed,
it was time to finish the truck. One front fender was found locally and the
other was trucked in from California. The hood halves had their stress cracks
carefully welded, and the doors were hung (again). The box was sand blasted,
refinished and had a nice piece of wood laid. The rear fenders were attached
and temporary taillights rigged. By golly, it's a truck!
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