1946 Chevrolet Pickup Truck

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Most of the vehicles we've seen in this series come from the 1960s and 1970s, but Alameda still has a few 1940s machines roaming its streets (including another Chevy truck of the same era as today's). Here's a work truck I've been seeing around town for decades; it's possible that this Chevy has lived on the island since Harry S Truman- or even Franklin D. Roosevelt- was president.

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Illustration for article titled 1946 Chevrolet Pickup Truck


I'm just making a quasi-educated guess about the model year, since World War II really made a hash of Detroit vehicle production. The best I can do is narrow it down to the 1941-46 range and hope for Chevy truck experts out there to ID year-specific features… which, of course, may have been swapped with junkyard trucks since the truck was manufactured. This was one of the few American vehicles manufactured for civilian sale in 1944 and 1945, though such trucks were considered 1942 models by The General.

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Illustration for article titled 1946 Chevrolet Pickup Truck


I'm pretty sure this Chevy shares an owner with the '62 Corvair van; they park on the same block, both are generally loaded with painting gear, and each has a white-and-blue paintjob. The legendary Fieroborghini was shot just across the street, parked in front of the once-splendid Alameda Hotel.

Illustration for article titled 1946 Chevrolet Pickup Truck


You have to wonder how many miles are on this truck, and how many times- if ever- the engine has been opened up or replaced. One day I'll flag down the owner and find out.

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Rob Emslie

Wow, this truck is really neat. The color scheme is a bit Ice Cream truck, but it wears its patina very well. It's interesting that, other than the painted-over Chevy crest on the grill, there is no branding or model nomenclature appended anywhere.

I also like the painter's tape covering the hole for the missing passenger-side windscreen wiper. Shame about the door glass, but I guess it adds to the overall tone that the owner is trying to achieve.