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nick50471 06-11-2015 03:40 PM

Nick's 52 Chevy Coe build
 
Hello WF. I've been recently inactive on this board. Still see some familiar faces though and that's nice. I just got caught up in life mostly and due to employment change was forced to sell a jeep build.:banghead:

Sunday morning my Grandfather who turned 100 in May passed away. We were not close. In fact my father made sure my sister and I had little to do with him. My father passed away some time ago but before he did he forgave his father for a lifetime of abuse. It's sad really...My kids never got to know either my Dad or my Grandpa.

Well enough of the sad story. My uncle, cousin and I have been cleaning out all the barns and sheds in preparation for an estate sale. That's when I came across this beauty. She is a 40's Chevy 5 ton or 10 ton. It's longer than it appears so I'm leaning towards 10.

While I would rather just trailer it and bring her home I can't. Make no mistake...This will be in my possession this fall. When it does...crazy ratrod truck build will commence.(I still have the motor from my Jeep build):whistling:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...pspz8fyouw.jpg

Blue Baby Sound 06-11-2015 04:18 PM

Nice find, Nick!! Good luck and have fun :thumb:

nick50471 06-11-2015 05:11 PM

Thanks and I will

Barrie 06-11-2015 05:16 PM

Great find Nick, looking forward to the build.

nick50471 06-11-2015 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Barrie (Post 19665449)
Great find Nick, looking forward to the build.



Thanks Barrie. I'm excited.

Thanks to the Interwebz I have learned that it is a 1947-1955 Chevrolet COE Cabover

oneloud 06-11-2015 05:34 PM

Is it still in Rockford Ia? I am only a few hours from there.

nick50471 06-11-2015 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by oneloud (Post 19665777)
Is it still in Rockford Ia? I am only a few hours from there.

Yes it is.

oneloud 06-11-2015 05:39 PM

That's cool. It would be neat to do some research and find out what business it belonged to and see if they are still in business or if you can find anyone with ties to it and just let them know you have it, maybe see if you can find a background story on the old beast.

nick50471 06-11-2015 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by oneloud (Post 19665873)
That's cool. It would be neat to do some research and find out what business it belonged to and see if they are still in business or if you can find anyone with ties to it and just let them know you have it, maybe see if you can find a background story on the old beast.

Lol. I kinda recognize the name on the hood.

oneloud 06-11-2015 06:03 PM

I guess I overlooked it might be from a business in the family!?!?!?

nick50471 06-11-2015 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by oneloud (Post 19666249)
I guess I overlooked it might be from a business in the family!?!?!?

;)

jimbot 06-11-2015 11:25 PM

Nick, before you go chopping it up, you might want to get an appraisal (as is and fully restored). It might be worth more left alone rather than ratted out.

I spend way to much time watching the antiques road show, and they say never, ever clean or modify anything. :)

nick50471 06-11-2015 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by jimbot (Post 19672121)
Nick, before you go chopping it up, you might want to get an appraisal (as is and fully restored). It might be worth more left alone rather than ratted out.

I spend way to much time watching the antiques road show, and they say never, ever clean or modify anything. :)

Thanks.

Don't take this personally. My Grandfather bought this truck and has owned it very long time. I will be the next owner. It really doesn't matter to me what the intrinsic value is.

nick50471 06-13-2015 12:38 PM

Been searching google for ideas. Not disappointed.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ps2laq4erq.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psdl08rons.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psyn98e6zm.jpg

oneloud 06-13-2015 12:56 PM

Wow, that beast is massive now that I see the other pics!

nick50471 06-13-2015 12:59 PM

Yes. It's all truck. 20,000 lb GVWR

nick50471 11-14-2015 09:07 AM

Little update. Still working on settling the estate so the truck still sits on the farm. My name was placed on it by the lawyer so as soon as they get done squabbling over land I can bring it home.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ss9k5ykt9.jpeg

Under hood
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...sud8yrneh.jpeg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...swz0wqwup.jpeg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...sf51xmwbm.jpeg

Engine under floor boards

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...szgzv1clk.jpeg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...s2bmqoetq.jpeg

I found the grill

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psyb6hndy5.jpg

Luckymac 11-15-2015 10:44 PM

There is more there than just the grill. Grab all that tin and whatever other parts you can find. Even if the parts are no good they are useable as examples for when you go searching for restoration parts.

That restored box truck is amazing.

Good Luck, L.M.

nick50471 12-18-2015 08:24 PM

Got the old girl home title in hand. She is a 1952 Chevy COE. Built May 20th, 1952. My grandfather purchased it July 31st, 1957. It originally had a livestock box on it. The weird thing about these old Chevy cab overs is the rating. Chevy rated this truck as a 2 ton truck but the tag shows the weight rating as 16,000 lbs.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...ps3adlpuaq.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psatdmtyea.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...pslf1s31fl.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psdpzqq5fo.jpg

nick50471 12-18-2015 08:26 PM

Had a little trouble with the trailer. Lucky I made it to my shed before it broke. Well the COE is home for a bit. Need to find a mid eighties donor truck and start working on it.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psgdwdhb7k.jpg


http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psxi0mzte6.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psnxo6tpcz.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psav2xy9rg.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...psk471pe1a.jpg

CC Dad 12-19-2015 08:47 AM

There is an episode of "Roadkill" on YouTube where they shortened the frame on a truck like that. They were going to drive it across the country but couldn't get it done on time. It did make a cool looking truck though. Whatever you do don't paint the cab! Just clear coat it at most! That thing looks awesome!

George Ross 12-19-2015 09:03 AM

Very cool COE. Glad you didn't have that trailer crap out on the road.

Keep us posted on the progress.

nick50471 12-19-2015 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by CC Dad (Post 23064786)
There is an episode of "Roadkill" on YouTube where they shortened the frame on a truck like that. They were going to drive it across the country but couldn't get it done on time. It did make a cool looking truck though. Whatever you do don't paint the cab! Just clear coat it at most! That thing looks awesome!

That's the plan. Although I do have to fix some of the body. Drivers side dlower door jamb is bad and floor board is shot. Also my grandfather used 12 sheet metal screws to attach a monstrous mirror. I'll need to fix the door hinges so they shut better.

But yes the color and paint are staying.

nick50471 12-19-2015 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by George Ross (Post 23064866)
Very cool COE. Glad you didn't have that trailer crap out on the road.

Keep us posted on the progress.

It scared the crap out of me when I was tilting the bed to unload. It would have killed me if it had broke like that going down the road at 65.

I'm very glad it didn't happen during one of many family trips to Moab hauling the Jeep through the Rockies.

George Ross 12-19-2015 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by nick50471 (Post 23065210)
It scared the crap out of me when I was tilting the bed to unload. It would have killed me if it had broke like that going down the road at 65. I'm very glad it didn't happen during one of many family trips to Moab hauling the Jeep through the Rockies.

Yep. Pretty scary. Good reminder for the rest of us to check over our trailers. Glad the timing was in your favor

CC Dad 12-19-2015 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by nick50471 (Post 23065186)
That's the plan. Although I do have to fix some of the body. Drivers side dlower door jamb is bad and floor board is shot. Also my grandfather used 12 sheet metal screws to attach a monstrous mirror. I'll need to fix the door hinges so they shut better. But yes the color and paint are staying.

Also if there is any possible way to do it I would keep the wheels. Those old two piece wheels are super cool. Good luck finding a tire shop that will touch them though.

nick50471 12-19-2015 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by CC Dad (Post 23067090)

Also if there is any possible way to do it I would keep the wheels. Those old two piece wheels are super cool. Good luck finding a tire shop that will touch them though.



I'm only keeping the cab. I'm going to run super singles on the rear. Alcoa rims almost around.

Barrie 12-19-2015 05:27 PM

Wholly crap Nick, damn scary.

moto_italia 12-19-2015 06:52 PM

Trailer Karma in your corner. :)

Epic. This thread over the next 24 months. :popcorn:

nick50471 12-19-2015 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Barrie (Post 23070954)
Wholly crap Nick, damn scary.

I'm going to weld it up and sell it. Stacy gave me the green light to buy a larger trailer. I'll get a 20' tiltbed with 10k axles.


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