’49 Crosley Pickup Truck - Larry Bertram

Larry Bertram

Larry Bertram

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Larry Bertram’s little truck’s life began in 1949 as a 1/8th-ton pickup with a tiny 22 hp, 4-cylinder engine. It cost $849.

It was a bare bones vehicle with a simple bench seat with very little padding and a plain cardboard interior. It was found in a Montana field in 1960. However it wasn’t until 1991 that life began again in Larry’s shop.

When it was decided to upgrade the horsepower, everything in the drive train had to be upgraded as well. This included converting to hydraulic brakes, a 3.81 modified Buick engine, a GM 350 transmission and narrowed Ford rear end. The entire vehicle is only 47-1/2 inches wide with a pickup bed measuring 46 inches wide, with 24 inches between the tubed wheel wells.

The only unmodified Crosley parts are the front axle and the rear springs. The entire frame, brakes, electrical system, steering components, fuel and cooling systems were custom-made in house.

The body is stock with a red and black clear coat paint job. The interior, with modified bucket seats, is completely upholstered. The original version had cardboard panels and headliner and a metal bench seat. Larry did all fabrications and modifications, with the exception of the paint job, window installation and upholstery. The effort took from 1991 until April 2013

According to the best information available, there are fewer than 15 remaining 1949 Crosley pickup trucks left in operation.

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