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Homemade Wrecker: 1941 Chevrolet Truck

1941 Chevrolet Wrecker

The seller of this 1941 Chevy truck claims that it is in “like new” condition. I’m not sure about that, but it does look like it’s ready to tow some barn finds! Find it here on craigslist out of LaSalle, Illinois for $5,000.

Real Barn Find

The owner says that this is a “real barn find”, but there isn’t much information provided in the ad. We like the look of this work truck, but we don’t know how much of it actually works though.

1941 Chevrolet Dash

There is a nice cooling fan in the cab to increase the comfort of all riding up front. There is a key with maybe a spare hanging from the ignition?  Could this too be one that “ran when parked”?

Ready To Wreck

The owner asks that you reply with a contact name and phone number.  We just hope that if you purchase this “homemade wrecker”, it doesn’t turn into a “home wrecker”.



  1. Avatar photo Charles

    Like new???

    The old truck looks complete and restorable.

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  2. Avatar photo JW

    Next town over from where my youngest lives, he is addicted to trucks as he has 4 right now and 2 don’t run but 1 did when parked. Maybe I should send this to him, but then again his wife is harping at him to remodel their bathroom so maybe not, their coming for thanksgiving. Every car guy needs a wrecker !!!

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  3. Avatar photo Howard A Member

    Cool find, although, I think the ignition key is the least of what to expect.( these were so easy to hotwire) While I’m sure the wrecker portion still operates, they were pretty indestructible, the rest will need a total once over. Seems complete, with pulley’s for extra pull, and chains, so I believe it was literally “running when parked”, but looks like an “88” inspection sticker on the windshield, and the plate is mid-80’s, as well, so it’s been a while. I like the “suicide knob” on the steering wheel, however, I thought those were illegal now. Cool truck.

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  4. Avatar photo JW454

    I’m not sure but the lower boom looks to be constructed from galvanized water pipe. If that’s true, I wouldn’t lift too much weight with it.

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    • Avatar photo racer99

      Yup, a little scary on the boom material. Been listed 2 months, no engine pictures, lots of unknowns and minimal ad detail. Would never purchase it without laying my hands on it first.

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  5. Avatar photo geomechs Member

    I’ve seen cars being towed away by homebuilt wreckers similar to this. The officials might not approve but you’ve got to give the builders/operators credit. Of course if the wrecker body doesn’t move you, you can always build a stake bed or a ramp deck. Overall I like the truck and hope it gets restored…

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  6. Avatar photo Dan

    Just picked this bad boy up, years later. Definitely in great shape and motor is free. I’ll see if I can’t get her running this week.

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    • Avatar photo Jamie Palmer Staff

      Congratulations, Dan! Keep us informed!

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