1946 Chevy Panel Truck. Last year of the Art Deco design produced before Chevy’s the Advance Design Trucks in 1947.
Installed: Brand new Chevy crate 350 HO motor and 700R4 Transmission. Mustang rack and piñon power steering, and Wildwood brakes on all four. Heidit’s front and rear coil over suspension. The motor is dressed out with Holley 4 barrel carburetor, Edelbrock?s SBC Vortec manifold, 650 Thunder Electric Choke. March Performance “Revolver” Serpentine Sys. and “Revolver” air cleaner. Mini hi-torque starter.
Internal Transmission cooler. Chrome A/C Line (no A/C installed). 15 Gallon aluminum fuel tank. New correct dash gauges. PRC Radiator with Shroud (#21010) and 16″ SPAL FAN. Action Machine 1330 Driveshaft. The frame was media blasted, boxed and painted red.
The wooden bed was replaced with metal floor. Triple plated front chrome grill and interior dash trim. The interior is not finished – 2 bucket/bomber styled seats need re-upholstering.
I have the glass, headlight buckets, hood, original steering wheel and shaft. Also Ididit swearing column. No wiper motor but factory cut outs for them are there. I have the original glass and front window crank plus one extra. The driver and passenger door’s windows are set up for electrical switches. All doors need new latches. The battery box and electrical wiring are yet to be installed – no battery.
The interior is unfinished – no headliner – you can tailor it to your needs. You will want new rims and tires to replace the current throw away ones. The body is straight. There is surface rust from 10+ plus years in the garage. The rear bottom valence, right rear barn door and driver’s left rear fender have had some work done. The inside rear corners, driver side fender, rear passenger barn door, and rear valence have had body work.
Work to resto-mod the panel truck started 2008 – Body and frame was media blasted and primed on the outside. Gray on the outside, red on the frame.
There are two patches on the rear roof corners where the previous owner tried to attach a metal sign, or luggage rack. The corners have been patched and appear strong. Rear corners conform nicely to the roof. The inside rear corners are rough and not smoothed out – I believe any liner you put in there will cover them – not that bad on the inside.
The drip rail corners were repaired where they had rusted out. A previous shop removed the original hinges and smoothed the door out – an unauthorized repair. I don’t know what the story is about the right rear barn door…it appears they did some body work. I don’t know how extensive it is..doesn’t look like it covers a large area. There is fiberglass or bondo along the right rear door. There was work on the running board’s braces. The original running board support frames were bolted to the frame. I guess the shop decided they should be welded to the frame and bolt to the running boards – which are in good condition.
The bottom valence for the rear bumper was hammered out – some body work done on that. Most 1946’s I’ve seen are missing that bottom valence. A mystery on the left driver’s rear fender shows some repair, but I can’t tell why, because the inside of that fender is smooth…no dolly, pick or hammer work can be felt…maybe they tried to fill a gap between the fender and running board? I just don’t know and can’t tell. There is a hole on the driver’s side, where the previous owner drilled a hole for an inside brace to hold a spare tire on the outside. The brace was not original, and removed. The hole was not patched..but should be. The Panel Truck has been garaged inside since 2008. Any other issues with rust are just going to be surface rust from storage over a 12-13 year period. Overall the body and tin is in great shape. I’ll do my best to show you every fault I can find, but somethings things may go unseen. I will provide more pictures of any known flaws to serious bidders upon request.
The body is straight, and a good place to start putting things together. There are flaws and wear from storage however it is or can be a fine daily driver, or shop truck with a bit of work.
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Location: Metairie, Louisiana, United States