“1946 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Pickup Truck”
In November of 2002, I persuaded John to sell the truck to me with the desire to bring it back to life. My goal during the restoration was to keep some of the original farm repairs such as the engine color, mirrors, left front leaf spring, horns, and Texas plate. The truck still proudly sports the orignial 6-volt system and body parts excluding the rear tailgate, which is the only sheetmetal replaced. I had done all the refurbishment except for the upholstery. The total restoration took upwards of four years, time I will always feel well spent. "
Today, this truck is proudly displayed in our Dallas, Texas showroom. The exterior displays an excellent finish throughout in deep cherry with black fenders. A multiple first place award winner since restoration, this truck is an absolute pleasure to show and drive, appearing in shows as far away as Carlyle and Hershey, PA.
Affectionately refered to as the Art Deco trucks, these Chevrolet's were produced beginning in 1942 and ending in 1946. At the end of the war, auto manufacturers were allowed to use chrome as a design material again. The 1946 trucks were especially noted for their distinctive & sleek chromed grille assembly. This truck showcases painted and chromed pieces. Cherolet touted their new post-war truck offerings as "The Nations Most Popular Pickup Truck" Although styling remained largely the same as the 1942 model, there were several engineering improvements.
Open the door to 1946, this interior is beautifully restored. The seating is finished in vinyl with contrasting piping and a Chevrolet "Bowtie" pressed into the seat. The dash displays excellent vintage instrumentation along with painted and detailed components. Even the factory crank-out windshield works excellent.
Further inspection of the interior will showcase beautifully painted and detailed interior components such as the interior doors, finished in dove gray.
The original gauges also showcase the Art Deco design of the era.
This Chevrolet is also equipped with a vintage GM spot light.
The standard engine used in the '46 half-ton was this 216 cubic inch inline 6 cylinder engine rated at 90 horsepower. It would be another 9 years before the V8 existed and found its way into truck engine compartments. This particular truck enjoys restored mechanicals. It runs very smooth. You'll appreciate the attention to detail displayed throughout the engine compartment. The wiring features correct cloth looms. The firewall is beautifully painted and detailed. The engine retains its fuel sight-glass and factory breather assembly.
The undercarriage is clean and detailed, showcasing the restoration well. This truck is in outstanding condition.
The 1946 Chevrolet half-ton truck rides on a 115-inch wheelbase. This example rides on beautifully restored and painted steel wheels / factory hubcaps wrapped in 6.00-16 series tires.
The tailgate is actually the only body panel replaced on this dry climate Texas truck.
The bed is a further testament to the quality of this loving restoration. Oak is normally used in restoration of these beds, but the owner opted for this beautiful mahogany wood, polished and sealed. The bed strips are painted and detailed in black.
The cab is in excellent condition. All glass and seals were replaced during the extensive restoration. The following photos are of this truck in progress.
The completed truck is certainly a sight to behold. This is your opportunity to own a very unique 1946 Chevrolet Truck. Again, you are welcomed and encouraged to contact Dave at 214-213-7072 or Maris at 214-616-2317 with any questions.
This restored identification plate is in place and we have the original, worn V.I.N plate with legible, matching numbers.