Originally built at the Windsor truck plant in 1955, this Dodge 1 ton is back on the road again! It was the 149th of 720 of its model built, and one of approximately 10,000 Dodge and Fargo trucks built in Windsor in 1955.
Proud owner Bob Lassaline of Oldcastle, Ontario, says he bought the truck from the original owner’s family in November 2001. The original owner purchased the truck from Bob Wright Motors in Harrow for $2,203.16 Canadian.
The truck was built on July 18, 1955 and is a 1955 Dodge 1-ton stake truck Model C3D with a 251 C.I.D. 129 hp flathead six cylinder engine with 4-speed transmission. It was used to deliver tomatoes to the vegetable marketing board.
Eventually the truck was abandoned in an unheated building afflicted with raccoon damage and rust decay despite having only been driven 63,315 miles.
Lassaline had actually worked at Chrysler Canada in late 1954 on the assembly line, but was then transferred to an office job in May 1955. He says he was fascinated with trucks and believes he may have seen this truck somewhere at the plant at that time.
Since purchasing the truck in 2001, Lassaline has refurbished the body, paint and interior. He installed new brake pads, master cylinder and kingpins. He also replaced it back to the original and age appropriate 1955 equipment, with a total cost of around $5,000.
Lassaline says, “I purchased the truck because I have been an antique Oliver tractor collector and was hauling tractors to shows with a small Dodge Dakota and it was too light to handle the trailer weight.” He adds, “It was not my intent to consider my ’55 Dodge as a show truck. However, it finished up better than expected and I soon got quite attached to taking the truck to car shows”.
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