Greg and Tammy Garson

1939 Chev Businessman’s Coupe Master Deluxe

1939 Chev Businessman’s Coupe Master Deluxe owned by Greg and Tammy Garson
1939 Chev Businessman’s Coupe Master Deluxe owned by Greg and Tammy Garson

This grey beauty was being auctioned on E-Bay when Greg discovered it.   Greg spent a lot of hours carefully studying over thirty pictures of the car before calling the owner and making a deal prior to the end of the auction.  The car was bought on July 1, 2013, and Greg and Tammy flew to Lynnwood, Washington and picked up their new car from Kompact Kar Korner.

Greg and Tammy drove the car home to Sylvan Lake, but not without a few adventures along the way.  The floor of the car had carpet, but it was not insulated and  neither was there any insulation in the boot around the shifter.   The temperature was 112 degrees on their trip home, and they quickly got tired of burning feet.  They stopped in Sandpoint and bought bubble wrap insulation which Greg installed in the floor.    The next excitement occurred in Black Diamond when the bolt broke on the power steering.  Greg, being ever resourceful, borrowed a wrench from a tow truck company and managed to fix it sufficiently so that they could continue home.

Since purchasing the car, Greg has installed air conditioning, a sub-dash for the air conditioning, a radio, and changed the gears.  Looking for better gas mileage, Greg eliminated one of the two carburetors

Greg and Tammy have taken their 39 Chev to car shows in Yellowstone, Penticton, Vernon, Spokane, Radium and many Alberta towns.  They have won awards in Yellowstone and Gull Lake.

1946 COE Truck

The following description of their jointly owned 1946 GMC COE (Cab over Engine) was written by Travis (Greg and Tammy’s son) in 2008 for submission on stovebolt.com.

“When I was about 12 years old, I saw a movie by the title of “Jeepers Creepers.”  In the movie, a monster drove an old truck, which happened to be a 1941 Chevy COE (the truck itself is actually on Stovebolt.com). Upon seeing this, I henceforth wanted one of these trucks.   However, I was still quite young and owning any kind of vehicle would obviously not be a concern at this point in my life.

As the years went on, I still enjoyed watching the movie and still had an interest in that truck. Sometime in my 18th year, I ended up researching to find out what kind of truck it was.  Turns out, it was / is a 1941 Chevrolet COE.

I informed my Dad and printed off some pictures to show him.  He later informed me that COE stands for Cab Over Engine.  My Dad thought these trucks were neat, so he played phone tag with a few guys and eventually found one in Invermere, British Columbia.  A vehicle collector there had one that originally came from Carstairs, Alberta.

1946 COE owned by Greg and Travis Garson - Before the Restoration
1946 COE owned by Greg and Travis Garson – Before the Restoration

We phoned the guy and asked him if it was for sale. He said that it was, but it had no engine or transmission, radiator, etc. He wanted $1500 for the thing and we said we’d buy it.

About a month later, we went to Invermere to pick up the truck.  As we turned into the yard, I was very excited at my first glance of it.  It looked just as cool as the one from the movie.

Travis Garson and the 1946 GMC DOE that he and his Dad, Greg, Bought to Restore
Travis Garson and the 1946 GMC DOE that he and his Dad, Greg, Bought to Restore

I jumped out of my Dad’s truck and examined it.  I asked Dad to take a picture of me in front of it.  We proceeded to take pictures of it from all angles, as well as snapping pictures of whatever else the guy had in his yard.

We loaded up the truck and brought it back home. The next day (this was the fun part) we started stripping the thing down. Over the next few days, my Dad, Uncle and I totally disassembled the truck. Afterwards, Dad made a call to an auto wrecker / restorer near Edmonton looking for another truck for the power train.  He said he had one there, but he wanted the cab to make a hot rod with.  So he sold us the chassis and power train for $800. We brought that home and now had a majority of the parts we needed.

Since we bought the truck in April, the chassis has all been re-done for the most part. The brakes and suspension have all been rebuilt. We are now working on the cab and fenders. We have hammered out the dents and are proceeding with the body work. The truck had some minor rust repair to do, so we cut it out and made patch panels. We have started putting the body filler on and sanding it.

Dad rebuilt the transmission and will soon start on the engine and rear differential. We hope to have it running and mostly finished by summer 2009.”

1946 COE owned by Greg and Travis Garson - After the Restoration
1946 COE owned by Greg and Travis Garson – After the Restoration