Nice truck there CP. Sounds like even your brakes are working, now thats something that don't happen often after they have sat for years, usually master cylinder leaks or is stuck.
It don't look like the box is raised up off the frame, so I'm guessing there is no hoist under it? Edit...ooops I see you mentioned it does.
As for wheels, is that 6 or 8 bolt hubs? 17 inch or ??
Personally myself I would leave it as is wheel wise, putting duals on it won't line up with your fenders and it would look wrong. Those old one tons run singles when equipped with a pickup box.
If you need some tech info, ask. I probably have a book or two that would cover it specifically.
Nice to have those ties to the past, I have my grandfathers last pickup 70 F100, and all of my father's and uncle's grain trucks, their first ones, both 1953 GM 9700 and IHC R180. And then two later ones both bought new, 66 Ford 700 cabover and 67 Mercury one ton, both with box and hoist since new. Still use the later two quite often. Had to buy every one of them, but have never regretted it.
Lost my own first two first grain trucks in that fire when I was moving, 1960 GM and my fav of all, my 60 Diamond T 634C. They live in memory now only
Speaking of which, make sure you got yours insured properly in case something happens. When they did the appraisal after the fire, with the 17 foot box they rated the Daimond at 10K as a collectors, but since it was licensed, 5K as a working farm truck. Wawanesa offered to spit the difference and they paid out $7500 which I used to buy the 66 Ford 700 from uncle. He was pissed I wouldn't give him more but then no one else would top what I offered either lol.
Contracts are made to be broken, a handshake is the law of God.
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