When I bought the car, it was nothing but a shell. Body only. Original condition! Pretty good at that. I was actually a tad spooked to start cutting, and chopping. But, I heard my dad saying,, “Man, that’s going to be cool!” So, I dove in!
I wanted to build a 1934-36 Chevrolet “high-top” open wheel truck. I found that they were quite rare and usually too far away. High shipping costs and also wanted to see what I was buying were my concerns.
The body was only in pieces
It had no frame, which meant it was missing everything else.
My wife bought it me for my 40th birthday.
My grandfather ran a salvage yard, so I am going though my stash of parts and finding things around the property that would fit the car, or I could customize to fit the car.
I don’t like stock looking so I made it a custom fab bike hauler
Essex motor vehicles were either exported as complete cars or locally-built from knock-down kits in many countries making the Essex marque well-known internationally as well as domestically. Essex vehicles were locally-built in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
I drew and built my frame. Everything was done at home in a 12′ x 24′ shed or out in the yard, weather permitting.
I purchased the start of this project by trading for it piece by piece traded a 1929 Mercedes Benz kit car for the project and a lot of other old goodies to make this build happen.
All my parts were found on local buy and sell sites. After reading blogs about what parts were compatible with each other, I searched out parts that fit my budget, and would work together.