LIMA - Michael and Pam Ayers, of Lima, purchased this 1949 Chevy 3/4 Ton Pickup approximately 12 years ago.
“I bought it from the original owner. He was 14 years old when he got it, and he paid $926,” said Michael Ayers.
Chevrolet was America’s top-selling truck in the forties. The company was the first to get all-new commercial vehicles on the market after World War II. The Advance-Design line was announced in the summer of 1947. The trucks looked nothing like anything that had been built up to that time, with the shape and detailing very modern. The new cabs were larger and more comfortable.
The original owner was a Baptist minister and he and his wife were moving to a condo. His wife told him the truck had to go, and no one in the family wanted it. The minister was picky about who was going to purchase the truck as he was adamant it would not be chopped up for a rat rod.
“A Florida guy wanted it, but when he found out our purpose for using the truck, he sold it to us,” said Ayers.
The Ayers own a photography studio, The Ayers Studios, Inc. in Lima. The truck is used as a prop for photos and they have dubbed it “Chuck the Truck.”
“The pictures are gorgeous. We put kids in the back in overalls with the wooden bed. It has such a nostalgic look, especially with the split window,” said Ayers.
The truck is all original and has not been restored. It has been painted, but that’s it. There are 30,000 miles on the truck. It contains a straight-six 238 with 92 H.P. and features a four-speed on the floor. It has a one-ton suspension in the back end.
“It was bought for a farm truck on the panhandle of Oklahoma. They had another truck, and never drove this one,” said Ayers. “They said it had never been in the rain.”
The Ayers’ had a flatbed trailer haul the truck from Missouri to Ohio, as the truck doesn’t go more than 45 m.p.h.
“It weighs over 6,000 pounds and is seven feet tall,” said Ayers. “The tires are huge.”
For Christmas the Ayers took a photo of the truck and framed it and sent it to the minister.
“When he opened it, he cried,” said Ayers. “We still talk to him.”
They are happy to have the truck in their possession, and drive the truck in parades and special events.
“We are so lucky to have it,” said Ayers.