My Dad purchased this Truck in Northern MN in the late 80’s and he used it as a resort work vehicle hauling garbage, working on docks, and taking fishing boats to remote locations. When they sold the resort he put it in storage for 5 years and then under a tarp for 10 more years. In 2007 my sons discovered the truck and thought they would like to rebuild it. We brought it to Indiana, where the interest was short lived and we kept it in the garage in pieces for about 5 years. The engine was frozen, so the task seemed to demanding for them. When my daughter graduated from Purdue her friends (and later husband) thought they would like to take a crack at rebuilding the truck. So we gave them the truck and basically an open checkbook. (I know Kaiser really appreciated this). They did a frame up restoration and after a little over a year they had it running, painted, and most of it rebuilt. I purchased another 48 Truck in Wyoming to get some of the parts, such as seat, tailgate, wipers and a few other parts, then sold the other truck after we took the parts we needed. Erik Stahl performed most of the restoration and like in most of these projects improvised whenever the parts could not be located. The truck is now our regular tailgate vehicle at Purdue football games. My kids say they love to ride around in it, because everyone always smiles when they see the truck. Unless they are following us for very long, then the smiles fade since we are working on original parts and it still only goes about 40mph at full speed. Oh well, who is in hurry in these trucks, they are just fun to drive.
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