Thus, the pickup has hydraulic brakes and not the cable system as in 1935. It is difficult to imagine that in 1935 a new pickup came off the assemble-line every 10 or 15 minutes! It still has the correct 207 six cylinder and 3 speed transmission. Surprise, there it was among hundreds of other special interest vehicles. It is back and forth until all metal is aligned perfectly. Richard helped with the body assembly while in the later stages of his heart surgery healing.
They then went to the salvage yard. He can see it every day as he passes the yard. The burl walnut coating on the dash gives the interior a more deluxe appearance. Jim could not eat, talk and certainly not walk. Four years were required to make it what it is today.
Thus, a custom wood box, with a 1935 Chevy Bow-Tie on top was custom made to fit at the front of the bed. His 1935 received no less than first place in every one in the commercial class. All are in upstate New York during 2013. The following photos are divided into before, during and after the major restoration. For example: Richard explains there was many hours getting the wood to fit perfectly inside just one metal door skin so that the latching would operate correctly! Being a retired Chevrolet mechanic gave him experience to help carry the project to completion.
This is its story Its 1965 in upstate Westtown, New York. Once the cab wood frame is assembled the metal panels are temporarily attached. All the mechanicals were rebuilt to make it like new, no exceptions. Sadly, soon after the restoration started, his brother developed an incurable disease and then the rebuilding begin feverously. Now it went down to the bare frame. Click on May 2014 to see and read about this other special 1935 ½ ton on our website.
He asked the owner if it was for sale. The little truck was put aside for the other higher priorities. Few were kept inside a building much less ever washed between rains! A year later Jim was back at the show wondering if he would see this little orange 1935 again. Richard wanted no problems once the pickup was completed. The brakes are 1936, one year newer. Only then is the exterior sheet metal painting done off the truck. It has been 10 years now.
At 69 years old, the owner attends his first 12 car shows. One afternoon he finally stops and asked about it. It was said to have been used in a New York apple orchard during its earlier years. During our interview we could tell Jim now 72 years old is on a high with his second chance at life. This will lead you to: The Demise of 1935 High Cab Pickups. It would be much like reliving their early years when he had his first 1935.
Marriage, children and a home with all the usual expenses on a limited income. Jim is a regular and always reserves the day to be a part of it. Almost all trucks in those years were used for work only. The next day it sits in his back yard! A young Richard Wright notices a 1935 Chevy ½ ton in a local salvage yard. Jim quickly recognized this unusual truck as being an almost one of a kind in his area. He drives a late model Corvette but loves the short drives with his special little 1935 ½ ton pumpkin. For even more data on why the 1935 Chevy ½ ton is so rare, click on the web site of Jim Carters Truck Parts.
Every nut and bolt was removed, cleaned, painted or replaced. Following photos show the cab wood frame prior to the sheet metal being attached. When water began to seep into the cab, rotten wood was soon to follow. Of course, the metal panels have to be straightened exactly right at the very beginning. He just had to own it! In 2008 he went in for knee surgery at 6:00am and later that evening he had a major stroke in the hospital! We can only imagine the extra time and care the staff put in the first few days after his stroke to keep him alive. Jim needed extra storage for his short trips.
We are keeping this article posted as a memorial to a really nice person whom added so much to those trying to make their rare 1935 as nice as his. This was difficult for a person that made his living talking. This really slowed his progress on the little 1935 ½ ton. Sometime after his brother passed away, Richard decided it was time to restore the pickup even better. When Richard received an offer to sell it and make a good profit, he knew he had to let it go. Their wood framework that supports all the body sheet metal has made almost all cabs a total loss during the past 80 years. He had not seen another since.