I purchased this truck in Auckland September 1995.
Lesson 1 never purchase a vehicle in the rain, everything looks pretty good when it’s wet.
Lesson 2 larger vehicles like chev pickups don’t fit on car trailers.
So after having the pickup transported by truck to Hawkes Bay, roll off at the workshop the project started, and not long after stopped.
Project chev started again in earnest early 1999 with the chassis stripped and painted, fully rebuilt engine, and gearbox. The cab was panelled, painted, and set back on the chassis.
A house project took over for a few years and the chev went into storage.
In 2007, it was time to finish the Chev, which took until early 2012 to complete.
I applied to the Land transport for reinstatement of the original rego number and plates, which was approved.
Chevrolet first showed off the AK ½ Ton pickup in 1941, featuring a new front end with a double-grille, the upper grille had horizontal bars and the bottom grille had vertical bars that ran across the front.
It was a unique look of the double-grille, the fenders-mounted headlights and swept-back parking lights that has made the Model such a favourite among collectors. Nicknamed the Art Deco Model. The trucks durability, its reliable six-cylinder 216.5 cubic-inch engine, and sturdy 115-inch wheelbase that kept the Model AK around long enough for collectors to find this Classic pickup truck.