While back in the US for our home visit in June, 2013, my wife was quite helpful and found some cool vehicles on an auction that was going to be held while we were back, and it was nearby. While most of the vehicles on the auction billing were out of my price and interest, this one definitely fit my interests: a 1950 Chevrolet Panel van! One of these had been on my wish list for awhile, so it didn’t take much to think about going. After a bit of research for price ranges, we headed off to the auction! As its also family time, the mother-in-law tagged along…. actually, she was nice enough to drive us there!
Here’s what I found in person when we got to the auction:
It’s a 1 ton truck with a 216ci inline 6 cylinder and the standard 4 speed transmission. Everything looked to be in pretty good shape, and it didn’t look like anyone had messed with it much.
It was early in the auction order, so quickly it came up for bid. After a bit of back and forth, I was the winner!
Now to figure out a way to get it up to the shop! I had my truck, but no trailer, so I was going to have to rent one. After a bit of work, I arranged to get a U-haul trailer, and after measuring it at the lot, I knew it was going to be a tight fit for the panel van onto the trailer. I also didn’t have any of my normal towing gear with me, so I had to buy some supplies, ratchet straps, chain, cable-come-along, and chain binders.
Then we came back a few days after the auction the load it up:
225 miles later, we arrived at the shop! Time for some pictures of the rear compartment and then unload and jockey it into its parking spot in the shop. Not exactly easy, as I had to shuffle some other vehicles to make room for it. It was a tight fit, but we finally got it where I wanted it. No time to work on it now, but it will wait for me!