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New Toy, Just Purchased A 1938 Chevy 1.5 Grain Truck To Play With

Tony Thompson

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09/18/2019
Hello All.
I am Looking for a good source of information on old Chevy trucks. I know I can google this, but There are so many smart and well informed folks here that I figured one of you could cut-to-the-chase with the best forum or info source for pre-war Chevrolet.
I do not have this truck home yet as snow covered roads are delaying my retrieval, but with a bit of luck perhaps I will have news to post before spring thaw.
Not good pic's but here is what I have.
When I purchase a piece of history I like to learn as much as I can about it to enhance the joy of ownership. I know these old rigs are slow and this one is fairly sound and believed to have a 216 with 4 speed...about all I got so far.
Tony
 

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Jake Jacobs

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Hello All.
I am Looking for a good source of information on old Chevy trucks. I know I can google this, but There are so many smart and well informed folks here that I figured one of you could cut-to-the-chase with the best forum or info source for pre-war Chevrolet.
I do not have this truck home yet as snow covered roads are delaying my retrieval, but with a bit of luck perhaps I will have news to post before spring thaw.
Not good pic's but here is what I have.
When I purchase a piece of history I like to learn as much as I can about it to enhance the joy of ownership. I know these old rigs are slow and this one is fairly sound and believed to have a 216 with 4 speed...about all I got so far.
Tony
I have Chevrolet parts books back to 1922!!. Will try to helpf if I can. Nice truck. Have a complete 1934 on Kansas farm but it need all new wood in the cab. Doors were removed in the early 1950, in the shed, like new.
 

FWurth

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07/29/2019
I had a rough 37 here on the farm. Let the boys try to fix it up, big mistake! They dismantled it totally and gave up on it. Parts every where and in the weeds. What a waste, it could have been saved before that.
 

Dennis Peters

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07/10/2019
Check out the VCCA site and forums. Helpful members and geared to original stuff not modified vehicles. Nice truck BTW. I have a 36 1/2 ton.
 

Monsonmotors

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I brought home a 1934 and a 1942 Chevy 1.5 ton truck. I was surprised how graceful the frame and body was on the 1934. Chevy used the same fenders whether it was 1.5 ton or 1/2 ton in 1934. I think your truck is as graceful as the 1934.
What are your plans for your truck?
 

Tony Thompson

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09/18/2019
G'Day Mates,
Thanks for fun response and forum suggestions.
VCCA is going to be interesting and looks like Stovebolt will provide directly related tech and specs. from like-minded enthusiasts.
Monson,
You asked about my plans for the truck.
I have suffered a life-long love affair with old Chevrolet trucks, owning several of them over the years. The last "big truck" I enjoyed for two years, but was a 50's long wheel-base three ton that really consumed a great deal of my storage space. The decision to sell it left me with a large open spot in my shed and a feeling of emotional loss, so I end up scratching my itch with another purchase and the whole thing starts all over again. I am a sick pup, but do not want help.
The plan is to get this wonderful old piece of history home, service it well from bumper-to-bumper, including any repairs necessary to make it a reliable driver.
Will pull the box sides to enhance vision and do some light hauling and lots of local small town visiting with it.
It is in what many of us refer to as a "good driver" condition so I will not obsess over any added scratches. I do buy and sell frequently, however, I look for passionate collectors that are willing to meet my rate of compensation and sometimes that can take a year or two...or more?
I have several collector units that I have owned for decades and one of my beloved Pontiacs has been with me for 39 years, so selling is always optional.
Former owner has had this truck for 40 years. My role here is to repair, preserve and enjoy before I pass it on to the next historically minded enthusiast.
Thanks again gentalmen, Smokstak and all the wonderful members here are the best habit I ever had. I send Harry $20 every September. I wish to remind everyone to become a subscriber and help fund this site for future generations to enjoy. Just send $20 each year to Harry Matthews at the address at the bottom of every screen on any page here.
Tony
 

Andy Koch

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Tony, try stove bolt .com web site all about Chevy trucks from 1916 to 1972.
Lots of information. I have a 1939 1-1/2 ton Chevy. I got lots of information about my truck from them. By the way that's a beautiful truck you have there.
Can't find them like that on the east coast.

Andy
 

WalterE

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Your engine photo reminded me of a 52 Chevy I had with a 216 engine. The copper fuel line ran right across the front of the horn. Somewhere in the southwest on a cross country trip. the horn bell wore through the fuel line and it started spraying a fine mist of atomized gasoline into the horn bell. Out on route 66 there weren't many girls to beep at. Good thing...
 

Tony Thompson

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09/18/2019
Got the ND grain truck home!
Been watching the weather for clean roads and was able to make a 16+ hour run to retrieve my new toy. Needed a good night sleep after that.

It Starts runs and drives good. Crappy body work and cheap paint job done over 50 years ago. grubby, greasy and dirty...its just right, I love it :)

Time for oil change, grease job, tune up and lots of general cleaning. I have an extra grill that came with the truck and will probably post that for sale to see if anyone needs it.
Tony
 

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Power

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I would keep the extra grill for as long as I owned the truck--- Just in case.
Extra grill is insurance, like having a well prepped standby generator- if you have it, power stays on, or in your case, no one backs into truck.
 

Tony Thompson

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09/18/2019
Progress report,
I have been through the truck from stem-to-stern and things are going well.
Changed oil, greased chassis, checked all fluids and took apart a sticky front brake. Honing, cleaning, reassembly and adjustment has the brake system working wonderfully. Engine must have been rebuilt years ago as it has Chevy orange on the block, runs perfectly smooth, quiet and there is no smoke.
Drove the truck up and down the blacktop today and I am very happy with my new toy!
Need to address some wiring issues to the lights and get some general cleaning done as time allows.
Tony
 
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Tony Thompson

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09/18/2019
hello all,
Got a question concerning a lack of fuel.
When this truck sits it will not start again until you squirt a bit of gas down the carb. Starts and runs great until it has sat a few days, then you must prime.
Original 216 and original type fuel system...any ideas?
Tony
 

WalterE

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After it has sat for a week or so, you might try partially disassembling the carb and checking to see if there is gas in the fuel bowl. If you do this before you try to start it, then you'll know if the fuel bowl gas has leaked out during the week.
That would make it hard to start without priming.
 

uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
Is there a stuck check valve in the fuel pump letting fuel ease it's way back thru?
 

WalterE

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The line from the fuel pump enters at the top of the carb, so that probably wouldn't drain the fuel bowl.
I'll bet the car would benefit from a thorough cleaning and new gaskets anyway. The 216 is a great engine for simplicity. Same for the carburetor.
 

MSchreiber

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Wiring issues.... on my survivor i had cloth covering disintegrating, but copper good. I used shrink tubing to cover bad cloth, i put 2 layers on. there is a factory splice going to the rear taillite... makes it easier to tube over. good luck with ur project. shrink tube is inexpensive on ebay.
 
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