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 "Working Class" Trucks

 

This Web Site is dedicated to the Hobby of restoring old trucks. I personally liked to restore trucks so they could be used. I call them "Working Class Trucks". By that, I mean one doesn't care if the logging chains "ding" the paint or the if the wheels get full of mud. The fun was using them after restoration.

The truck at the right is a 1936 1½ Ton Ford. The truck had some interesting history and also some unique features and options. To see larger images and other interesting details about this truck click here
1936 Ford 1 Ton

1929 Chev 1 Ton
This truck is a 1929 Chevrolet 1½ Ton that was restored from the frame up. It has a scissors hand crank type lift on the body. The truck runs 6.00 rubber on the front and 6.50 on the rear. To see larger images of this rig as well as read a brief story click here.

The truck at the right is a 1946 Chevrolet 2 Ton. It was set up with dolly wheels and had 8.25 rubber. It had a 12' 7" Red Oak body. To go to it's own page, which has many pictures available, click here.
1946 Chev 2 Ton

1941 Ford 1 Ton 4x4 The truck shown here is a 1941 Ford 1½ Ton. It had a Marmon-Herrington 4 wheel drive conversion added. Wheelbase is the original 134 inches. A few years ago a snowplow push frame was re-worked and mounted to this truck. To see additional pictures of the truck, from rebuilding, to it's current state including the plow frame fabrication and front axle gear ratio change, click here.

How I got started.......

Back in 1980 a local person had a 1944 Chevrolet 2 Ton truck advertised for sale. I knew the person and since the truck was right in town, it wasn't too much effort to go "check it out". Well, needless to say a deal was made and the rig was towed home. I had to do some minor motor work but together with rebuilding the wheel cylinders and a new muffler I had it on the road in about a week. A new logging body was built to replace the poor one that was on the truck. It was then "put to work" hauling logs from a job to the saw mill.  In 1981 a larger truck was put together. This was a 1946 Chevrolet 2 Ton.  An additional axle was added to increase the load capacity. This truck hauled more than a quarter of a million board feet of logs while I owned it. I called her "Candyapple", after the color of the paint. I have now completed the '29 Chevrolet shown above. I had a few ideas for another project. It was to convert an early 47 Ford 1 ton single axle 160" WB truck into a Baumis-Warford ---"twin screw". I needed some long frame rails (20') to do this project. We had been looking an old school bus chassis from that era. The rails only needed to be approximately 8 inches deep. The existing frame needed to fit inside the new rails. I was looking forward to this project but as time went on without finding the needed frame rails I had to move on to other things. 

 


New -- A picture of an old wrecking yard. It is a pitiful sight to old car lovers. Location and date are unknown. See it here.


Previously Added -- 1941 Ford 1½ Ton Marmon - Herrington 4x4 showing Plow Frame and Sander mounting. Pictures showing a Gear ratio change also. 10 pages!!



Previously Added -- New page listing  1929 - 1955 Chevrolet Car and Truck Series Designations, Wheelbases and Models. Also there is some information on Engine Numbers.


Previously Added -- 7 pages showing my 46 Chevrolet 2 Ton participating in an Annual Ice Harvest back in the early 80's. This is an interesting winter - time activity that was very common many years ago.

1 Rig I currently still have

1929 Chevrolet 1½ Ton (seen above)

Additional pictures of 2 other 40's Fords that we helped their owners fix up.
One is a 1944 1½ Ton and the other is a 1945 1½ Ton

A rig I previously had
1946 Chevrolet Ton Pickup


Seasonal Activities


Granite State Chapter ATCA Old Truck Tour --- This Chapter organizes an annual tour of Old Trucks. It is usually held on the 2nd or 3rd weekend in May. Different parts of the state are visited. The tour in 2012 was held from May 18th to the 20th. The tour began at the Loudon Racetrack on RT. 106 in Loudon, NH. and then continued to Tilton, Bridgewater and ended in Lincoln. 



Granite State Chapter, AT
CA
The 27th Annual Barrington Old Truck Meet
is going to be held on August 18, 2013
 It takes place in the field behind Calef's Country Store, 
Rt. 9 & 125 in Barrington, NH 

For more info, please contact Don or Marilyn Smith @ (603) 664-9761

Each year in August, two weeks before Labor Day, as many as 500+ trucks 
have gathered to "strut their stuff". The 2012 show had 420 registered vehicles 
which was another great annual show.
 
Who or what is the ATCA

 Links to other Sites
Suppliers/Publications

 
ATHS LOGO® American Truck Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of trucks, the industry and it's pioneers. It's publication, Wheels of Time© is terrific.
HMN Magazine®
Hemmings Motor News® is invaluable to the restorer. Many advertisers and individuals with available parts are listed. It's a "must have" for the Hobbyist.

Any questions or inquiries, send an e-mail to: dick (at) cutsoldtrucks dot com

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