1928 Chevrolet Capitol LM 1-Ton Grain Truck (1928)




1928 Chevrolet Capitol LM 1-Ton Grain Truck
From the Pugsley Collection
CHASSIS NO: 4750791
• Full authentic restoration, original drivetrain, center-opening windshield
• Over 80 years of known history
• Landmark Chevy truck; perfect advertising vehicle
171 cid inline four-cylinder engine, 35 HP, single-barrel Carter carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle, live rear axle both with semi-elliptic leaf springs, external mechanical rear wheel brakes; wheelbase: 124”
During the 1920s, Chevrolet was very active in the light and medium duty truck market. With the introduction of the 1-ton LM chassis in 1927, many opportunities were created for the marketing team to expand the sales of Chevrolet trucks. Fields like construction, transportation and most importantly, agricultural endeavors would benefit from these stronger and more powerful commercial haulers. While it was priced a bit higher than the popular Ford Model TT, the Chevrolet buyer got so much more – better brakes, a heavier chassis and an engine that delivered up to 75% more horsepower than Henry’s famous Flivver. Chevrolet trucks were exported all over the world and in 1927, to promote their reliability, a specially equipped South African built LM 1-tonner went on a promotional tour from Cape Town clear up to Stockholm, Sweden! The early history of this beautifully restored 1928 edition of this Capitol LM truck have been lost to history, but in 1941, Mr. John Schoen of Sidney, Nebraska paid $350 for this then-13-year-old used Chevrolet grain truck. It was utilized several times a year for planting, maintenance and harvesting his crops, which were most likely corn or other grains. After the 1974 harvest was in, Mr. Schoen parked his old truck near the fields it had been working when tragedy struck; a fire believed to have been ignited by a lightning strike, set the field ablaze and before it could be contained, the Grain Truck was heavily damaged by the flames. Undaunted, Mr. Schoen gathered up the parts and pieces of his beloved truck, took them to his workshop and set about bringing his old friend back to life. Over the next decade, Mr. Schoen searched high a low for the needed parts and developed his plans to restore his 1928 Chevrolet.
First, the mechanics were given a complete rebuild with the engine and transmission brought back to factory standards. The suspension was also restored with new springs, bearings, and brakes. The body was sanded and repaired as needed making sure the doors were properly aligned and the fenders had all the minor dings and dents worked out before an application of original Forest Green was applied to the body, while the chassis, wheels and fenders were finished in gloss black. New glass was installed all around including the fold-out split windshield. The seat was recovered in durable black leatherette and stitched in the pattern it had when new. Then, using his intricate woodworking skills, he replaced the roof slats and recovered the center opening. The electrics were restored back to new including the cowl lights, then the truck was ready for its last step, the rebuilding of the grain box. A rather ingenious design allowed for the container to look like an original grain box while the sides could be altered and turned into a 1-tonner express complete with tailgate. Capping off the radiator was an original Boyce Moto-Meter with the dog-bone screw-on cap.
Our consignor acquired this Chevrolet farm truck from the estate of Mr. Schoen around 2002 and has maintained it in top condition. Fitted with the original engine and its components, the motor is a bit temperamental when starting up, but once warmed up it runs and drives just as it had when delivered new back in 1928. The transmission slides through the gears smoothly, though down shifting takes a little practice, as these were the days before Synchromesh. Today, this fine Chevrolet is ready for show or, with the box on the back, could be utilized to advertise or promote a business or event with a nostalgic flair that is sure to draw attention.

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  • Mileage: 38,003
  • Year: 1928
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Multi

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