Grandpa’s Truck by Ron Bueno
My truck started out as a 1930 AA Chassis (no model #) from Ford. The cab and flatbed were assembled by Wood Brothers Body & Equipment Company in Oakland Calif for an East Bay milk company and was used to pick up milk cans from the dairies in the East Bay at that time. My grandfather got the truck in 1940 and used it in his apricot orchard in Hayward Calif. It was restored and used by my cousin between the late 60's thru the 70's. Then it sat under cover for many years. I got the truck in May of 2002 and have been working on it off & on (more off than on) ever since. I wanted to drive the truck since I was about 12 years old, but was much older when I brought it home which took almost 6 hours from Castro Valley as we had to use city streets. I still have more work to do and hope to get it done someday.
The Frame, Engine & Registration numbers match. The Engine was rebuilt by Joe Davis of Aries. The rear suspension has been rebuilt and has been used for less than 200 miles. It also has a Mitchell overdrive as it needs all the help it can get since the rear axle ratio is 6.61 to 1 ratio. The woodwork for the firewall (cowl) and Flatbed was done by Lackey Cabinets in Santa Cruz, Calif. Our son has agreed to keep it the family as long as possible.
This show at History in the park, on September 11, 2016, was the first time it has been on city streets since I have had it.
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