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1946 Chevy 515 Holmes Traffic King


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Topic Originally Created in December of 2006:


Ain't she a beauty? All original, took us @ 2 years to do the full restoration! It all works!

I need to find a 6 volt beacon light........Paul








FMS Mike said:

Thats a beauty, I like it a lot!!! Something to be very proud of , great job guys




Underdog said:

That is a beautiful truck. Great job!
Stay safe, Rich


wreckerman05 said:

looks good--i like the front w/s--that use to be air conditioning---good job--be proud--


michael212 said:

Ron Pullen said:
Very nice a great piece of history
Spanky said:
"AWESOME", Did you guys fabricate those rear fenders, yourselves. I've got a '46 Chevy Holmes W35, posted several pages back, in this section.
applepiejoe said:
Sharp lookin old iron , love it!
Gaylock1 said:
I believe the fenders are original for the body. The fenders & steps have slots on the underside to adjust for different widths. We were told that it was a universal body & that it could be used for a fire truck, ambulance, wrecker, etc.. The unit is a 1946 model also. We robbed 5 different old trucks to get the "A/C" workin, the old window frame was in really bad shape. The ole girl was setting in a cow pasture & every morning the cows would gather around it & lick the fenders & bumper clean. Needless to say, they were in excellent shape. She runs good & has a top speed of 40 mph. The unit is power up & clutch down. The starter is in the floor.. I'm not for sure if it is supposed to have a sling, but I don't think I will be towing anything with it. She's just a parade & show pony now, I think she has earned it. If she could only talk...........Paul
Spanky said:
Guess, that's possible. If it's a Factory Holmes Service Body, it would have had a Ernest Holmes Body Serial No. Tag, on the passenger side front lower corner. The Factory service bodies usually came with 1937-'38 G.M. 1 1/2 ton dually pickup, & panel rear fenders. Yours do resemble, fenders I've seen on Fire Truck Bodies. Good job. Spanky Hardy.....Collector Of Fine Old G.M. COE Trucks & Antique Holmes Wreckers.




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I have a Earnest Holmes wrecker.  The catalogue no is 515E.  The serial no is T18 4494.  It is gear driven with swing boom and cast iron gear box.  I am looking for information on the year and weight capacity.  It has been sitting idle for 35 years.  Any information you can provide will be much appreciated.

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