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Monday, December 14, 2015

Chevrolet cabover truck becomes marvelous motorhome

In the 1940s, Chevrolet produced "pickup" trucks with a cab-over-engine (COE) design. In the U.S. today, COE designs are pretty much limited to semi-trucks. But there is a COE still running around today that isn't hauling freight. Thanks to the brilliant design work of Russ Moen, a 1954 Chevrolet COE is a tricked out custom motorhome, with a strong resemblance to the Bowlus Road Chief rigs of the 1930s.

The original COE suspension system just didn't have the beef Moen needed, so the structural framing was originally a GMC chassis, stolen out from underneath a 1985 Elite motorhome. For motive power, the original power plant was replaced by a Cummins diesel, "built up" by a custom shop, and linked to a custom manufactured transmission.

And then to the living area. Moen found others who'd help him out with the actual RV construction. A boat repair shop undertook fenders. The rig overlay is 3/16" cut aluminum sheeting.

Yeah, a lot of different stuff went into this wonder wagon. Kinda reminds us of that old Johnny Cash tune, "One Piece at a Time."

"Well, It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56, '57, '58' 59' automobile . . ."


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