1925 K series Chevrolet truck
This one started while enjoying breakfast in October 2019
at our favourite Nundah café Simply Duo.
On the wall, in a simple timber frame, was a black &
white photo of a delivery truck bearing the words
Nundah Cash Store written along the tray with
extra words on the C cab.
I removed the photo and studied the truck. I thought,
"6 wheel studs and drum headlights; this is not a T-Ford
but an early Chevrolet truck."
I proclaimed to café owner Thang, and Christine,
“I am going to re-create this truck!”
After breakfast, I studied up on the details from my office.
Yes, it was a 1925 Chevrolet truck.
Online I checked the classifieds, to see what was available:
a few fully restored vehicles, but then I found the one I was
looking for! An older restoration, from the early 1980’s,
possibly earlier. It was listed for sale in a Perth truck yard,
fully registered in West Australia until the 14th December.
This truck was actually more expensive than the fully restored
vehicles, but I did not want a restored truck, I wanted to
re-create the Nundah Cash Store truck!
I negotiated the price and called a friend in Perth to inspect
and test-drive it. “How did it go?” I asked.
“Like a ’25 Chev”, he replied.
Once I explained my project intentions, he agreed it was perfect.
Why destroy a restored truck when you want faded paint
and cracked timber? John understood what I wanted!
I paid the price, John organised shipping with a Perth friend
who owns a trucking company, and he drove it to the
departure yard. “Could have sold it 3 times!” he exclaimed.
It took a week to arrive here, in Brisbane. We picked it up
with a trailer because the Brisbane yard was in Ipswich.
Better to carry it home, than regret it if things go poorly!
By the time the truck arrived home, I had already briefed the
sign-writer on my project, and placed an order. He created
the signs, and aged them perfectly. They look as old as the truck.
Since then, I have:
- built a honeycomb radiator for the truck
- removed and cleaned the fuel tank
- made and fitted a new bottom to the vacuum tank
- relined the brakes
- took off the head and tidied up
- set of new exhaust valves
- new tail light lens (replacing the cracked Hella lens)
- fitted new tyres and tubes
The Dunlop tyres on the truck have not been made since 1976.
They did so well!
As usual, Bill Russell from Buckland Automotive at Nundah,
has been very generous with his time and knowledge.
Thanks again to Bill and Marilyn.
The truck still has a couple of electrical gremlins,
which in time will be sorted, all part of the challenge.
What’s going to happen next?
Christine and I introduced ourselves to the local councillor
at a community event, and through this connection we were asked
to carry Santa to the local Nundah Christmas Festival,
which was fun. We also visited the
Nundah and District Historical Society
who were very happy to see the re-creation.
Through their archives we were able to find a photo of the
Nundah Cash Store, this shows the same phone number as
the truck, so the connection was done! This store was at the
corner of Sandgate Road and Station Street, Nundah. It stood
20 metres from our café Simply Duo.
I asked my business neighbour Andrew, from Sign Creators,
to help me build a Santa-Sleigh for the back of the truck.
Thanks to Sign Creators, it looked fantastic!
Enjoy the photos of the truck.
The signs where finished 1st November 2019, thanks Damian.