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1942 Chevrolet 3/4 Ton

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WOW, a real World War II produced pickup! Few have survived and those remaining are usually restored with their trim parts chrome plated as before and after the war years. This 1942 Chevrolet ¾ ton pickup has been kept over 95% pure as it was during the final year before most all pickup truck production came to a halt in mid-1942.

The owner and restorer is Roger Dunford of Elba, Ontario Canada. Records indicate it was built in California and spent most of its following years as a Fire Department truck in Gabbs, Nevada. No doubt the dry Nevada air plus being kept inside out of the sun made for a perfect example of its originality. Yes, it still has less than 4,000 miles on the odometer!

Many years later it was brought to Alabama for a future restoration however, this never materialized and it remained in the same barn for so many years.

Roger decided a truck this rare (plus such low mileage) deserved to be kept much as it was over 70 years ago.

The Nevada dry air and long term storage had prevented major rust. Only some sheet metal surface rust existed. Replacement of all rubber parts was necessary as well as master cylinder rubber cups and all brake hoses!

Surprise, the brake shoe linings still looked new since installed in 1942! Of course, no grooves in the brake drums. The 216 engine required an oil change, cleaning, and a repaint to make it as it left the factory. It still runs like new.

To make it correct, Roger dis-assembled the pickup restored each part, and then painted them before assembly. He painted the exterior Apple Green (a GM color) and kept the tool box on the right side running as was installed by the Gabbs, NV Fire Department in 1942.

In summary we could see very little that would not have been on a new 1942 as it left the factory. Possibly the pine bed wood (Roger personally cut and grooved it) would have been black as well as black fenders but it is about as pure as anyone will find.

The 15” artillery wheels are pure 6 hole units as were on pre war Chevrolet / GMC long bed ¾ tons. The 85 ¾” bed length and three stake pockets per side shows its ¾ ton difference over the shorter a ½ ton.

Reason for no chrome: After the US entered WWII in early December 1941 almost all car and truck production began to come to a stop. Factories began to tool up for was necessities required overseas. Planes, tanks, guns, ammunition, uniforms, big trucks, were all more important to the survival of the USA. Plus so many people enlisted or were drafted into the military. Less demand for small personal vehicles would begin to occur.

The material required to produce good plating (copper, nickel, and chrome) would be used in the war effort, not on a pickup that was bought in the 1940’s for work. Thus, the grill, hubcaps, hood and interior trim, plus bumpers were painted Turret Gray.

As the story goes: When the replacement non chrome painted trim arrived at the 1942 factory assembly line, their remaining chrome items were never discarded. They were painted gray to match to new incoming items. This kept all trim painted the same color when the truck left the factory! No one complained. It was the state side people doing their part to help make the US successful in winning the world war!

You can contact Roger @ r13659640@aol.com

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