1952 Chevrolet Cab Over Ramp Truck
The introduction of the first modern cab-over layout in the United
States is credited to industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost,
who, with engineer Ray Spiller, designed a cab-over truck for the
White Motor Company in 1932. Schreckengost was later joined by
other designers such as Raymond Loewy who designed the Metro series
of vans and trucks for International Harvester. The bodies for
these vehicles were initially produced by the Metropolitan Body
Company (MBC). The company produced a wide variety of truck and
commercial bodies for several vehicle manufacturers such as
Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge Bros., and International Harvester until
1948 when they were purchased by the latter. MBC was instrumental
in the development of COE route delivery bodies in the 1930s.
And now for one of the hottest trends in vintage trucks going
today, for consignment we give you a 1952 Chevy COE Thriftmaster,
which was a California truck, sent eastward to our consigner who
took the COE by its short hood and tall cab, and began to build a
wild worker, which runs like a clock and hauls like a
.....well...hauler! Stay tuned.
Blasted stock parts were given a 2 stage Black and Chevrolet
Commercial Red coating. And to do it just right all grille parts,
and bumper were given a shot of Librandi Chrome which is just
pristine like the top-notch paint that adorns the cab. Throw on a
polished aluminum sun visor, and two 50's style gleaming outboard
rear views, and original re-chromed badging, and my friends now you
have a banging COE..but wait...there's more! A 71 Chevy C30 ramp
from rusty New England was brought back to like with plenty of TLC,
a good blasting, powder coating, and a top surface coat of bed
liner paint. Strap on a Super winch, a few hold downs, hidden hinge
storage custom doors, and you are in business...well...almost!
K&S Auto provided most of the interior magic as far as the
upholstery, which includes covering the original seat and headliner
with tuck and roll upholstery, and custom designed matching tuck
and roll was carefully sewn and mounted on to the door panels...not
before the whole interior was sprayed with bed liner, as consigner
states he wanted lots of sound deadening...and he has it now. New
Vintage USA quad and speedo gauges in the dash and custom
fabrication of the gauge panel that sits below it, as well as a
custom coffee cup holder for those long hauls was added to the
dripping with 1950's style chromed and Chevrolet Commercial Red
dash and front it with a Lokar shifter....now we are ready to rack
up some miles...whoah! There's more...
Pulling the heart out of a Ford 350 Box truck we have a 7.3
Powerstroke Diesel with intercooler which was mid mounted behind
the cab, neatly under the ramp. Just swing open the two foremost
doors and gaze upon this diesel beauty, attached to its original
transmission and E40D automatic...and a little known fact which you
can also view is the original dash from the 97 Ford Box
truck...mounted right next to the power plant and dutifully
attached...because consigner says that if that dash is not there,
the truck will not get out of second gear?? How Kewl is that....and
last but not least...
Take a 1986 1 ton Dually chassis and stretch it 45 inches, powder
coat it, bag the suspension with Accuair E-Level ride controller
and put on a class 4 trailer hitch with brake controller installed
in cab, and my friends we are getting close to a great hauler COE
nirvana...patience....Let's put on a Dana Dually 4.10 ratio rear,
and top the whole thing off with a dose of ultra-cool, and we are
ready to haul some ass, or at least some awesome vintage cars..
A really kicking quality, no stones left unturned, nothing left to
caution, custom build that was an obsession. An obsession with the
consigner has had his fun, and is now ready to move on to another
dream of his.....stay tuned, but meanwhile watch the Classic Auto
Mall Channel for updates because this baby ain't gonna last, as
they say.....whoosh out the door!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.