USA Truck History. 1998-2007
Little is known about the truck before 1998 but in that year it was owned by Terry Cauldwell in Greenville
South Carolina. He bought the truck and restored it in that year. Significant funds were spent on many new
and reconditioned parts but the workmanship of the people he employed was not very high. It was in 1998
that the original straight 6 engine and manual transmission was replaced with the Chevy small block V 8 and
automatic transmission. The front suspension was upgraded to the Mustang 2 front clip, the rear suspension
is 1992 Chevy Caprice, the interior was re-upholstered and the whole truck was painted. In June 2007 it was
purchased by the current owner, David Craig, who saw it on e-bay, flew to South Carolina and shipped it to
the UK. It was transported to Baltimore docks and then shipped to Liverpool and driven home. It was
registered in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Since then many new parts and much work has been done.
The Truck's home in the USA.
Garage apartments - better than a
shed at the bottom of the garden?
There are garage apartments all over the USA. Typically it takes 4 full sized cars. There is room to store two
twenty foot long cars end to end and also two cars wide through the automatic doors. There is a sitting area,
storage area, kitchen and bathroom all on the ground floor and a basement underneath. The one in the picture
had the 52 Chevy truck inside and one other classic car. These apartments may be on the same piece of land
where the main house and double garage is and then provide overflow accommodation for vehicles and
guests. Or, they may be just for a person who wants to live with his or her cars. In the picture you can see the
truck parked outside the day before shipping it.
USA Engine History.
The picture was taken before the truck left the USA in June 07.
The engine was fitted during the restoration in 1998.
See part 3 for a picture of the engine now.
Plans for the cab upgrades.
The original cab seats were re-upholstered when the truck was restored in 1998 and they are still in perfect
condition. (between 1998 and 2007 the truck had only done about 1000 miles) but these bench seats (like many
old vehicles) are not very comfortable. In the driving position you tend to slide towards the door. Modern
10-way powered front seats (like the ones in my 2005 MC Yukon Denial) will eventually be fitted. A modern radio is
fitted in the dash, and someone has cut the metal to fit it in! This will be taken out and the metal made good in
such a way that it will look like the panel has never been tampered with. Hot Rod type gauges have been fitted.
These will be taken out and original gauges will be re-fitted. The original gauges look great and suite the truck.
They are expensive but very worthwhile. The steering wheel will also be changed.
Some cab upgrades can be seen at Cab upgrades part 1
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It is about a new hard tonneau cover (bed lid) for the 1947-53 Chevy truck.
Model - "Zero Impact Ultimate 3100" Tonneau cover. Fit without drill holes in your truck.
You can read about it and you can order it. It is available now.
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• A hard tonneau cover. Completely rigid, solid and strong. Folding.
• Zero impact. It can be fitted without drilling any holes in the truck. All paint work protected.
• Does not detract from the appearance of the truck. Enhances the appearance of the truck.
• With the cover removed and just the hardware kit showing it still looks "show quality".
• When the cover is fitted but open it still looks excellent and does not detract in any way from the appearance of the truck.
• The cover can be removed in under five minutes.
• All materials and finishes are of the highest quality.
• There is a choice of hardware support finishes to suit painted or patina trucks.
• A water drainage system is included to prevent water from leaking into the bed.
• Better than original factory quality. Just look at the pictures above.
• The model shown is supported by a mirror polished stainless steel installation kit.
• This tonneau cover is for the - 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 Chevy truck. Advanced design stepside 3100.
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