Owner: Dennis Odell
This month we feature a pick up that is used just the way GM intended. It is still a work truck and at 65 years old it is used daily in the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. The owner is
Dennis Odell of Independence, MO. The truck is a 1946 Chevrolet half ton.
Dennis now stays busier than on prior career job with the telephone company. He can repair most anything ( including his 46) and thus is a natural with home repairs. His little half ton is his daily work truck and hauls materials and himself for his many remodeling projects.
Dennis found it for sale 25 years ago beside a country road at the edge of town and had to have it! He then personally did the restoration including the painting. Dennis said he made it above average but not for shows. After all, he planned on driving it to work daily. About 12 years ago he retired and now he and his 46 keep busier than past full time job.
The drive train is a 1977 250 cylinder engine with a modern floor shift 3 speed and a 1955-56 Nomad rear end. All wheels are 5 bolt. An under dash radio is his entertainment and the heater is from a 1950 car. The body is all GM as are the seats, grill, bumpers, and bedstrips. Yes, he did replace the bedwood.
With it being used so often in all its years Dennis says it has to have over 250 thousand miles and is still going strong!!