Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1929 Chevrolet Flatbed
About 1.7 million truckers drive heavy-duty and tractor-trailer trucks in the United States. Overall, the industry supports 7.4 million jobs. In 29 states-more than half the country-"truck driver" is the dominant occupation, and for good reason. More than 70% of the almost 10.5 billion tons of freight delivered annually in the United States travels by truck. But the industry is more than just a massive job provider and a critical component of American society: It's also an economic canary in a coal mine.
For consignment, from an era when men were men, and trucks were...well, trucks! Here we have a beautifully restored Chevrolet flatbed 1-1/2-ton 1929 truck, which spent 30 years in a barn prior to being restored. And what a nice job the restorer did, because now we have a fully operational, tasty morsel of over the road moving of goods, and it's all buttoned up. Electric Amazon vans...eat your heart out!
With its black metal radiator surround and large round flanking headlamps we can begin to see the design of the era of early automotive and truck design. A cowled hood, firewall cowl, and 2 door cab which is bathed in green, gaps and steel are amazingly straight, and paint is beautiful. On either side are curved front fenders which frame large 20-inch green painted artillery solid wheels wrapped in thin tires. The fender eventually melts into a running board, allowing for easier access to the cab for driver and passenger. On the back near perfect metal beams support the nicely restored oak flatbed with oak structural supports between the metal beams and body. This has all been covered in several coats of polyurethane and retains its natural color. Noted on top of the cab is a black vinyl top, and another 20 inch single rear wheel, also artillery styled supports the cargo on the bed and allows for a, (smooth?), ride down the wrinkled back roads of the country.
A swing of the simple utilitarian doors with a black painted wood panel and window crank we lead ourselves inside the cab where a split seat and solid back black vinyl bench which has been fully restored, and sports tuck and roll wide panels reach out from door to door. In front a metal dash, also painted in the exterior green, has a centrally located black oval instrument cluster panel. Within this panel are a trio of oval white-faced instruments, and in the center a round disc display speedometer...very kewl! Some thin oval black painted knobs and pulls flank this instrument panel. A large wood rimmed steering wheel is fronting this dash, and below the floors are covered with a near perfect rubber mat. A long shift lever reaches for the pilot, and all is really nicely restored inside and out on this truck.
A flip of the cowled hood, and we see a restored 6-cylinder engine in inline configuration. A bit of surface rust and paint peeling off of the red coloring is noted in the block, but above and topping the engine is a silver valve covering. All new wiring is noted, and a 1-barrel carburetor is feeding this I-6 mill. On the back is a 3-speed manual transmission. The consignor says that a rebuilt fuel pump, generator, starter, as well as a new maintenance free water pump are now on and since the gas tank was cooked and new fuel lines put on, it now runs and drives just beautifully.
Underneath simple but structurally strong rust-free steel I beams makeup the frame for this truck. We see very large 10-layer leaf springs all around, and mechanical drum brakes are all solid and looking good within those artillery wheels.
This truck fires right up with the push of your foot to the starter pedal, and off to the test track with our load of nothing we proceeded. Going up through the gears it is smooth, with power to spare, and the mechanical brakes will stop this truck in time for any emergency to not happen. All functions were working as they should, and it was an interesting rough ride experience, but I got to drive a piece of history.
Well done for this truck is the best way to describe this bring back to life after 30 years in a barn truck. Beautifully restored on all aspects, and ready to haul some serious booty!
12-Buffalo, NY Assy Plant
LQ-1 1/2 Ton Utility Truck
15557-Sequential Unit Number
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