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1934-35 Chevrolet Truck Headliner – Real

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

This is for those that consider originality very important! We recently received a photo of a “real” truck headliner still in place after over 80 years. Amazing!

We just could not trash this photo of one of probably the only example in existence. Most people today were not alive when it came off the assembly line. It appears to have been held in place with the two parallel metal strips that run between the doors. They still have some of their black paint.

One addition added years later are the four metal rusty “c” shaped strips that extend from the horizontal wood support above the rear window to behind the original rear long strip. It is assumed this was added later to stop the sagging of the aged headliner material.

Interesting: The headliner is a dark olive color, not the expected brown or black. Mike Russell of Fulton, Missouri recently received these photos from a truck customer that had asked some technical questions. He also knew it was probably the only one in existence!

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Wood Floor Edge Protection in Older GM Trucks

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

From 1936 and older the GM truck cabs used plywood for their floors!

The floor and tow board set between the metal perimeter edges of the sides, rear, and firewall which held the two pieces in their proper position. Millions of these older trucks, and probably many real early Chevy cars came with these wood floors.

A recent surprise was found when we discovered a floor in a pure low mileage 80 year old pickup. Its edges had a narrow band of “tent canvas” tacked along the edges. It seems like a great General Motors idea to protect the plywood edges. The surprise was that we actually found a pure unaltered floor with some of the canvas still attached.

We understand this photo is not the best but look closely. Some of the canvas protection is shown coming loose on the lower left side!

If you must have everything just right in your early GM truck restoration, this article is for you!

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1941 – 1946 Chevy / GMC Steering Wheel

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


We have received so many requests over the years for the 1940 – 1946 Chevrolet / GMC steering wheels, we decided to make an exact replica. They are now finished and soon to be shipped from the factory. These steering wheels are complete with correct metal internal parts, non-metal exterior with ridges, and even the two proper colors available 65 years ago.

The result is a show quality copy of the GM original steering wheels. We already have complete the horn parts that fit in the steering wheel hubs.

To go directly to the steering wheel on our website, please click the buy parts now button.

1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck Interior

Friday, September 9th, 2011

I found these pictures among some papers stored 16 years ago. The owner of this 1941 panel truck is forgotten, however it is understood why these pictures were taken and placed in storage. Even that long ago, a very original ’41 panel was almost never found.

In this case, it was the interior that was the attention getter. Yes, the inside had been repainted. That was the easy part! It is the seat, bedwood, and storage compartment lid that are so pure. The seat is not only 1941, but the upholstery is very important. It is the same as when it came off the assembly line. Even the threads are still secured well to the vinyl panels. A unique small storage compartment in the floor to the right of the seat has a wood lid! Could this be due to cost cutting on a lower production work vehicle? Yes, it is the correct cover!

The wood planks in the bed from the rear of the seat panel to the back door are black, not varnished. Note: The metal bed strips. The two outer ridges extend slightly above the wood surface. This protects the wood from being continually rubbed by sliding miscellaneous boxes.

For the perfectionist, these photos are proof of how it was when the dealer offered the panel trucks 70 years ago!

1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Driver’s seat in correct position
1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Bottom side of wood toolbox lid.
1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Right side of driver’s seat.
1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Wood toolbox lid beside toolbox.
1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Driver’s seat moved forward. Dangerous during stops. Hauled merchandise can slide forward pinning driver to steering wheel.
1941 Chevrolet Panel Truck
Wooden lid (with finger hole) over toolbox. On right side of drivers seat. Covered if there is an optional passenger seat.