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Selwyn Times: November 29, 2016

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34 Tuesday November 29 2016 MY PRIDE & JOY A barrel nose pick-up SELWYN TIMES Steve Evans and the almost complete 1938 Barrel Nose Pick up. Steve Evans enjoys restoring old motor vehicles. These have included his wife’s 1960 Chev Impala Sports Coupe and more recently a 1938 Ford Barrel Nose Pick-up Truck owned by his friend, Grant Magson. “I first saw the pick-up when I was helping Grant on his farm. I offered to buy it but Grant said that because the truck had been his father’s he would never sell it,” explains Steve. Four years ago, Steve suggested to Grant that they restore the truck. While keen, Grant lacked the time so asked Steve if he would take the project on. The name Ford Barrel Nose Pick-up came from its oval shaped grille with it having the nickname ‘barrel front’ or ‘beer barrel pickup’ in the United States. The 1938 model was revolutionary in its cab design, instrument panel, pick-up bed and alligator bonnet that was hinged at the back and opened at the front in contrast to the side opening earlier models. The pick-up has been a farm vehicle and done military service at Burnham; seconded during the war to replace military vehicles shipped overseas with the troops. The truck had its original flat head V8 85 horsepower engine and three speed manual gearbox but other parts were missing. Its original seats had been replaced with drawers stowed underneath for lambing tail rings and farming equipment. “As the pick-up was dropped off on our driveway, the chassis smashed in two. Otherwise, its condition was fairly original including its running cable brakes,” advises Steve who says that Ford went to hydraulic brakes in 1939. “When cable brakes are set correctly and the pedal is pushed down hard, these big brakes will put you through the windscreen,” adds Steve. Steve commandeered an original seat base from a dilapidated pick-up cab he had bought his wife for their 10th (tin) wedding anniversary. A seat kit was purchased from the United States along with an exact reproduction kitset of the deck. The original windscreen frame had rotted out and the jail bar driver’s door needed replacing with a legitimate 1938 door. Even a 1939 model door was not suitable due to it not being the same inside, something typical of other parts such as the grille and dash which are also unique to the year of manufacture. Steve’s father, Colin rebuilt the engine and driveline and his brother David resurrected the chassis from four worn out chassis sourced locally, a task made easier as the Barrel Nose Pick-up had the same chassis from 1936 to 1939. Steve estimates that the 1938 Ford Barrel Nose Pick-up has taken well over 800 hours to restore, which is not surprising given its condition when it arrived. “Deciding to restore the truck stemmed from my friendship with Grant as well as a desire to see the pick-up returned to its former glory, however it’s now time to finish some of my own projects,” he says. Colin and Steve Evans after mounting the rebuilt engine in the truck. Not just a tyre shop! • On-farm services - NO CALLOUT FEE (Selwyn district) • 24 hour fleet service • Full mechanical repairs • Nitrogen fills, batteries, WOF, shock absorbers • Agricultural tyres • Car tyres, 4x4 tyres, light truck tyres, truck & bus tyres • Wheel alignments, puncture repairs, full groom Courtesy car available. Kiddie’s toys & entertainment. enjoy a free coffee, massage (chair) & tV while you wait. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.00pm, saturday 9am-12pm Call 03 347 4702 or 0800 838 973 847 jones rd, rolleston • • Two great locations • Collision repair specialists • Free loan cars and vans • Insurance repairs, smash repairs, rust repairs, fibreglassing • From motorbikes to horse floats • No job is too big or small • Open most Saturday mornings for customer convenience Specialists in Collision Repairs From small dings to major repairs BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER 107 St Asaph St, City Central PH 0800 RO JONES Jones Road Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › While You Wait WOF’s › Courtesy Cars › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres Phone 347 4020 851 Jones Rd, Rolleston

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 29 2016 35 MOTORCARE PROFESSIONALS Remember your motor vehicle Long distances and holiday motoring often go hand-in-hand. If travelling north this season, it is likely to be a longer trip and may involve negotiating earthquake damaged roads. With the heavier traffic and potential for metal surfaces or single lanes in places, your vehicle will be working harder for longer so it will need to be up to the job, with a properly functioning cooling system that will not overheat. After all, it is no fun being broken down on the side of the road with a car full of children, especially if it is a hot sticky day. It may be that there is nowhere to pull over should your vehicle become problematic, while finding an automotive outlet open over the holiday period may be a challenge and involve travelling even further. You will also not want to be stopped by the long arm of the law and end up with a fine because the warrant has expired. These are all good reasons for playing it safe and booking your vehicle in for a check before the Christmas rush; something that is especially worthwhile if your vehicle will be towing a trailer or caravan. “Even with a current warrant of fitness, a motor vehicle may not be safe for a long trip,” explains Simon Wilson, owner of Rolleston Diesel & Petrol. Simon reminds that a warrant of fitness inspection is carried out on a particular day however general motoring can affect a vehicle. An example is the effect on a car of it shaking about when driven on damaged roads, something that is common in and around Christchurch or how hitting a pothole can put a wheel out of alignment. Rolleston Diesel & Petrol carry out safety checks on cars, trucks, four-wheel drives, motorhomes, business vehicles, jet skis, boats, motorbikes, tractors, ride-on lawnmowers and horse floats. They look deeper than is required for a warrant of fitness, checking the mechanical side of the vehicle, the oil and water, pressure and condition of all tyres and brakes (both front and rear discs). Their inspection covers what is under the bonnet, including the transmission or gearbox oil, and the underside of the car, to ensure that all is working as it should. Assisting Simon in this work is his new mechanic, Alan Calder who has recently joined Rolleston Diesel & Petrol. “Alan has been in the trade since he was a young fellow so has many years under his belt in servicing and repairing motor vehicles,” says Simon. To book your vehicle in for a safety check, phone Simon or Alan on 03 347 7110 or email: simon@rollestondieselandpetrols. They will do their best to accommodate you. Rolleston Diesel & Petrol can be found at 839 Jones Road, on the Izone side of Rolleston. They are open: 7am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday, or Saturdays from 8am- 12noon for warrants only (closed public holidays). You can also check them out on Facebook. 9198779AA Jones Road, Rolleston, RD 7 Christchurch Ph 347 8703 Fax 03 347 9576 Mob 027 228 2854 Email BURNHAM auto services Keep your motor running smoothly this summer • Panelbeating • All insurance claims • Sandblasting • Spray (Bake) Painting • Truck Refinishing • Windscreen Replacments • Chassis Straightening • Motorhome Refinishing • Loan Cars 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6.00pm, Sat 8.00am-12.00pm 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. Box 16 Rolleston Phone Simon on 347 7110 or Mobile 027 272 9213 • WOF • Challenge Service Station • Vehicle Servicing • Tyres/Puncture • Repairs • Courtesy car We are now open from 7am-7pm Mon to Fri 36 Russell Road, Ph: 03 347 6607 • Txt: 021 522 150 Email: