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1946 COE Pickup

Owner: Bill Knoernschild

Look what you can do with an early COE cab and a lot of imagination (an extra supply of money also helps).  This cab sits on a 1984 Chevrolet 1 ton truck chassis, perfectly carries a 1946 ¾ ton pickup bed, and uses 1940-46 rear pickup fenders.  What a nice combination.  We might call it a COE pickup!

The owner and creator is Bill Knoernschild of Cutchogue, New York on Long Island.  This retired enthusiast has done several other specialty vehicles but this is so far, his high point.  Bill does almost all his own restoration work and his skills and workmanship are superb.

This specialty truck is so unusual that even the non-vehicle enthusiasts have to stop and take notice.  Bill’s COE invented the term “Traffic Stopper”.

He found this tired truck several years ago in a back field on Long Island.  It had been at one time a tow truck.  Due to the COE’s rarity he decided to salvage the cab and save it from a certain death (because of a COE’s weight, most went to the crusher).  Bill decided it would be like no one had ever seen.  It became a 2 year project!

A 1984 Chevy chassis was totally rebuilt including V-8 engine, suspension, automatic transmission, and so many modifications to make it fit the almost 60 year old cab.

The “new” truck has all the power options including air conditioning.  It even operates with a computer under the dash just like a late model vehicle.  Modern interior, updated dash gauges, and six new 16” very special chrome wheels add to the package.

Just one example of the intense labor is the front fenders.  The originals were a total loss and replacements seemed to be unobtainable.  Therefore, fiberglass pickup fenders were used but required a special skill to trim the correct 6 inches and reform to create COE fenders.  Now that takes talent!

Would you believe:  The second time out with his restored COE Bill hit a deer near his home!  It was back to the home garage for much more work on at least one fender!  Therefore, Bill says by this time, the money spent on just body work, paint preparation, and two stage paint had reached $28,000.

Looking over all the receipts for the two year build is now close to six figures!  Wow, if Bill ever gets hit by another vehicle, their insurance company will really be crying the blues.

You can contact Bill at:  Plumbcrazyinc@gmail.com.

Note:  The letters COE are the abbreviation for Cab-Over-Engine.  This is what early truck manufacturers called their units that had the cab over the engine.  Without the nose and engine in front of the truck it had a much shorter wheel base.  Thus, it could make short turns in tight spots such as older neighborhoods with narrow streets and still carry the same amount of freight.  Yes, with the engine below, the cab interior was much warmer in the summer.   For the driver it was what he had to tolerate to own a COE.

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