This 1950 2R6 truck was purchased from a Stude friend in the fall of 2005. It had been restored several years ago but over time had acquired a number of mechanical and detailing problems in need of attention. Rust wise, the truck was not seriously affected except that some repairs were needed in the footwells, cab corners and the leading edge of the box floor. My first inclination was to correct the truck’s shortcomings and just have fun driving it.
However, as I began working on it I couldn’t resist the temptation to do more.
Perhaps like many of you reading this, the decision began with the thought: “Well, while I’m at it I might as well.........” From there it escalated to where the truck was totally disassembled and on its way to a complete frame-up re-restoration.
Working on it part time, it took approximately 2 1/2 years to complete. In June of 2008, my wife Fran and I drove the truck 800 miles round trip to the SDC Upper Missippi Valley Zone Meet in Plymouth, Minnesota. With its 245 engine and overdrive, it performed beautifully and we got just under 20 MPG.
A debt of gratitude is owed to many friends, neighbors, our sons Andy and Tom, and to my wife Fran for their patience and hard work in the accomplishment of the project.