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1939 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton

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On The Liberty, Missouri Square

A part of the family 55 years! Rob Bratcher of Liberty, Missouri is proud to be the owner of his father’s 1939 Chevrolet ½ ton. It was bought in 1963 for miscellaneous chores on the family farm in Kentucky. It had originally been a total work truck and it showed!  Rob’s father used it until some engine problems developed about 1968. It was then set aside and not repaired.

Rob remembers the Kentucky farm in his early years, both before and after the ½ ton was retired.  He always enjoyed time playing on the old pickup. As many years passed since then, Rob’s interest in this truck remained strong. The time finally came when the little pickup needed to find a new owner as it had sat abandon for many years. Rob was the chosen family member to own it. Lucky guy!

It was transported from the Kentucky farm to Rob’s Liberty, Missouri home in the year 2000. Parts of the motor was missing, the wood bed floor rotted (most missing), and the dented fenders gave evidence of it being a working pickup most of it’s life. What now?

It was decided to get it running perfect but to keep its character just like when Grandpa and his father drove it for work projects. Rob said: “If I replaced all the needed parts that were almost beyond repair, it would not be like the old truck I remembered”. It was decided to repair most used items, except mechanicals (they were replaced) and give all sheet metal parts a clear coat. He would call it pre-restoration (preserved and restored).

The non-mechanical items that just had to be fixed was a wiring harness, bed wood, seat covering, and interior paint (1939 grey). Rob realizes it is not a typical restoration but it retains its “Old Truck Look” while still being a driver when needed.   He and his father spent two years bringing this little ½ ton back to life. His father took a strong interest in the restoration because he had been its only driver for many years and he remembered Rob often being with him when it was driven on hauling projects.

This is a perfect example of why trucks were bought over 50 years ago. They were farm workers! They were set aside after hours and the family sedan became the transportation.

In summary, Rob mentioned his 3 dreams in life: Get married and have a family, check. Become a Police Officer, check. Preserve the old truck he remembered, check.
You may contact Rob Bratcher at robert.bratcher@lps53.org

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Rob at 3 years old in front of the 1939

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When Rob took possession in the year 2000

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The Best Home Ever!

More Details on Rob’s Special 1/2 Ton

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The 1968 license. Last plate used. 5,000lb gross weight

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Bed wood. White Oak, Walnut and Maple (all from very old boards)

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Original with one wiper arm

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Got paint but no brush? Rob says it was painted with someone’s finger (These truck letters are required
for state truck scales)

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Fender support strap. Thousands of pickups used these when the factory under-fender brace deteriorated

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Rob added this accessory fog light from the 1930’s

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Replacement tail lights and brackets are just right

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ID Plate with clutch head screws still in place!

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