The HISTORICAL AUTOMOBILE SOCIETY OF CANADA
Our organization, commonly called H.A.S.C., is devoted to the collection,
restoration and operation of antique, classic and special interest automobiles,
motorcycles, trucks, etc., and the preservation of related materials.
FEATURED VEHICLE OF THE MONTH
By Stan Elliott
During the 50's I had owned two 3 ton Chev trucks and one half ton pickup.
These trucks were the standard model, in other words three windows rather than the deluxe with five windows. For some reason I thought that someday I would find a deluxe with corner windows.
Many years later, in 1980 at the Barrie Flea Market (Molson Park) there sat a 1950 Chev half ton deluxe in average condition. We made a deal and I drove it home. The truck was a bit rusty and dinged up and the chassis was totally worn out.
During my first years of ownership, in the truck I found numerous papers that pinned the first owner as being th Co-Op in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This would likely be the reason for helper springs in the back and everything being well worn.
In 1990, after I retired, I completed a frame off restoration including a new paint job using Dulux red commercial as it was originally.
After the restoration I built a cap on the back and went on a two month tour to Western Canada. Leaving home in Ballymote on July 21, 1993, I camped in the back of the Chev. During my trip I visited Manitoba's Threshermens Reunion and Stampede in Austin, Manitoba. The show feature was General Motors products. The truck performed excellent on the 6500 mile long trip keeping up to the traffic at all times.
After I returned home a short time later I installed an overdrive transmission behind the 235 - 6 cylinder engine. The truck now has every available option that could be purchased when buying it new: dual horns, 5 windows, chrome grill, grill guard, hood ornament, etc.
Every year I drive the truck to numerous shows and events. It seems to fit me.