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1938 GMC COE Stake Delivery Truck

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Wow, talk about no information. 1938 GMC Cab Over Engine (COE) Trucks do exist because I found a couple (and that's almost it) pictures of real ones on the interwebs. They're either completely derelict or have been modified into something they never were originally. After digging around, I found out the engines were 230 cu in Oldsmobile six cylinders coupled to a four speed transmission. Also, instead of the passenger car's downdraft carburetor and manifold, the trucks used a sidedraft carb and manifold. Not much more information that I could gather. This is the first Budweiser delivery I took possession of and it was a mess, but really cheap. The front axle was broken, the wheel retainer screw was torn out of the spindle and the spindle was broken. I never could figure out how the tire was all melted up  the way it is. If the truck was dropped and the wheel rolled to some place warm and melted could be the only explanation. The stakes were all apart too. This is how I learned the had way to put them vertical posts in the pockets before gluing them back together. The model itself has some neat features. the floor is removable and shows of a very detailed engine. The seat bottom cushions come up too and the battery and air cleaner are exposed. the windows fold out and there are two access panels on the front that open. It comes with 40 wooden kegs that have some heft, so the must have a piece of metal in them. Anyway's here are the pictures.

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Melty tire

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I know the picture is tiny, but I couldn't get the seat cushions out and I wanted you see the battery and air cleaner. This a picture screen captured.

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What a great looking truck that you rescued and brought back to like.

FWIW you have re-infected me with the truck bug and I ordered a truck from the bay this morning which I had been watching, a '57 Dodge.  Photos later.

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On 2/15/2020 at 9:08 AM, Gramps46 said:

What a great looking truck that you rescued and brought back to like.

FWIW you have re-infected me with the truck bug and I ordered a truck from the bay this morning which I had been watching, a '57 Dodge.  Photos later.

I agree - making me look at the trucks more.   Hope you got a good deal on the 57 Dodge - I woulda probably sold you mine - she's a homely thing.  I love the design IDEA.  however the truck mated to the car quarters is just plain weird in reality.   I'm about caught up on cars I can afford - may have to move to trucks if I want to keep adding Mint vehicles.   Or start spending more on them.  

And Tim: That is another beauty in the Bud line.   Nice.  

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