1946 CHEVROLET 2-TON
This web page is to share my truck restoration process with fellow old truck enthusiasts. I dedicate this truck restoration to two very special people in my life. My grandfather, Delmar Hayward, and my uncle Chuck Hayward. My grandfather is a retired farmer in Illinois, and my uncle was a farmer and truck driver for Hayward Farms until his recent passing. Every time I work on my truck it reminds me of the time I have spent with these two amazing people. They will forever be my mentors.
I have always loved old cars and trucks but never really pursued my interest. Life got really busy as I attended college to get my degree in Architectural Engineering and thus my interest fell by the wayside. Fortunately I met a friend who shared the enthusiasm and love for older cars/trucks. After going to various cruises and car shows I came to the conclusion that I just had to have one of these of my own. Thus began the search for my truck.
I am relatively new to the "hobby" and consider myself a beginner in the field of restoration/rodding. I am also new to web page design so please bear with me as I learn this process as well.
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I purchased my truck in Woodland California in December of 1998, while visiting family for Christmas. It was owned by a man who had used it in his asphalt paving business for a couple of years. He had hoped to restore it but realized that the time and interest just wasn't there. Not wanting to run it to its death he sold it to me with the agreement that I would restore it.
I spent four hours with a friend reworking the wiring for the 300 mile trip to my house near San Luis Obispo, CA. The truck had hardly been driven the past six months so I talked my friend into joining me for the maiden voyage and at 5pm on December 30th we were off ..Seven hours later we arrived with the only two minor problem s to report. First, the windshield wiper did not work, so we had to reach out and wipe off the mist and fog with a towel (Thank god for crank out windshields). Secondly, the non-existent cab insulation left both of us voiceless after seven hours of talking over engine and road noise.
I drove the truck around town and to school for a year and a half making only minor repairs necessary to keep it safely on the road. Then I decided to change its registration to non-op status and tear it down for the frame off restoration.
1946 Chevrolet 2-Ton
Vehicle ID#: 6PW-L5908 (6400 Model)
Rear Axle: PG 1028 (Single Speed)
Engine: Originally 216, Replaced with 235 modified.
Wheels: 8.25 x 20
Brownie Box: 3-Speed (Not Original)
Dump Hoist: Crysteel PTO driven (Not Original)
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Last revised: 11/2/01