Along the same lines of your book, if you ever have the opportunity to read C.S. Forrester's Rifleman Dodd, I believe that you would enjoy it as it was sold in a pocket size to American Soldiers in WWII and was the basis for Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's series of novels. And good luck on the pickup, if I live long enough; I hope to get my Bugeye Sprite back on the road.
I'll have to keep an eye out for that book, or ask Tom if he has a copy in the museum I can borrow. As for the 49, I was planning on taking out the motor and getting a new one till my younger brother pointed out our grandad had put a Ford 289 under the hood. Lots and lots of work, but I reckon there will be many rewards restoring that truck.