I call this “Ham’s 48”. Ham was my Dad and he bought this truck used in 1954. He drove it until his death in 1964, and I drove it as a daily driver through college until 1967. It sat for two years while I was on active duty in the Navy, then in late 1968 I brought it from Tennessee to Indiana. It was a daily driver until 1977, then it went into garage and barn storage until August 2014. I just completed a 21-month frame up restoration. Read the whole story in the Kaiser-Willys Restoration Forum under “Ham’s ’48” byline. The first photo is from about March 1966 with the little truck illegally parked in the staff parking lot at college. It just fit into that place! Second photo is the truck in the barn – 30+ years of accumulated crud and pigeon stuff. It didn’t look a lot better once it came out of the barn and went on the trailer. On the trailer going to the metal finisher, it looked like a load of junk. My comment was to remember that we were going to the refinisher, not the recycler. After almost two years, it’s home now, a real head turner. It’s almost a daily driver (nice days, no gravel roads). Little kids point and stare, flagmen stop me to take pictures, grandkids love to ride with GrandPa. Life is good. Sunday car shows and local community parades are on the to-do list. Now, if I just had a little trailer that matched the bed … hmmm.
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