My McCormick Deering truck


I always wanted an old truck, but to buy a restored one cost too much, and to restore one right cost even more... so, I built one. I liked the Model TT "c" cab design, the Mack truck roofline, the Rumley iron radiator and a flare bed box... this is what I ended up with:

Although its not really a McCormick Deering truck, at least the radiator is. If you look close, you'll notice that it came from an early tractor.. 10-20, 15-30 or 22-36.. I really don't remember what I got it off of.
It took me about 6 months to build this and I have had more fun with it than a body should. Here's how it breaks down:

Frame. 1959 Chevy 3/4 ton.. from a fence row.

Engine. 1960 something 235 straight 6. It came from a truck I drove in high school, that was eventually sent to a scrap yard after the boys in shop class rebuilt the engine. It smoked like a bear and used copious amounts of oil when they were done. 30 yrs later, I buy it for $50.. and find that they had lined up all the rings. It runs like a champ and burns zero oil.

Radiator.. as previously mentioned.

Transmission, out of a '59 Chevy truck

Gauges out of a '52 GMC

Steering wheel off of a '29 Chevy

Headlamps from a Diamond T Truck

Every thing else, I built. The cab and bed are made from an oak tree I cut down and had sawn. All the metal came from a local iron supplier. The hood I formed with a rubber mallet and then had a buddy w/a louvre press punch the louvres in.
It turns heads and gets lots of comments... and, its a lot of fun to drive.

Now, I'm building a pull type camper to match....











Excellent, I'd sneak over to the U.S. and run away with it if the steering wheel was on the other side! Seriously, that is a really nice job!
Well, like I've told my kids, you actually have to DRIVE it... manual steering, manual brakes, leaf spring suspension (only) and standard transmission mean you have to stay on top of things and pay attention. The steering is completely rebuilt, so its tight, but those old style truck tires like to follow the "waller" in the road. On a smooth highway though, it will track true for a 1/4 mile w/o you touching the steering wheel, and then only a very slight correction. (I did my alignment the old fashioned way.. with a carpenters ruler.)
The rear end is a pretty low ratio so at 55 mph you're racking up some noticeable rpms.. In 1st gear, you almost have to drive a stake to see if you're moving.. you could pull a stump with it. Its most comfortable at 50 or so, but if I'm driving it, I'm not in a hurry to go anywhere in the first place.
Wow - very cool.

Great that you got to give a new life to your old engine.

Trying to figure out that "hood ornament" on the radiator - is that some kind of guage, or is it just decorative? Picture's a bit fuzzy. Looks like it says power moto-meter or something.
What a work of art and craftmanship! Oh for the days when things were so simplistic in design yet so beautiful in form!
Amazing, great job!

How do you have it registered? As one of the GM trucks parts were from?

Do you have a heater blower in the cab?
Its a "Boyce" motometer.. used on model Ts.. its a repro from speedway motors. Eliminated a temp gauge and looked neat..
It's registered under the frame title, as a '59 chevy.. but I will be getting it recertified as a "specially built" vehicle in the next few weeks.
It doesn't have a heater in it, although I have one and had given it consideration... if its that cold, I probably won't be driving it in the first place, and with the open cab design, it wouldn't accomplish much.

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