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
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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 located 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.