After a lifetime of faithful service, it was time to give this truck the overhaul it deserved!
Every old truck seems to have a great story, and this one is no exception. Purchased new in ’59 by the current owner’s grandfather, this truck saw heavy use as a logging/work truck until the mid-’70s in Oregon State. After it was replaced with a newer truck for daily use, it stayed close to home and grew to be a part of the family.
Unfortunately, years of use had taken a toll. The rocker panels and cab steps were heavily rusted, the cab corners were victims of a less-than-ideal previous repair. In addition, the fenders, hood, roof, and bed required major re-working. No task was too difficult for our talented team!
After the metalwork and bodywork was completed, the painting process began. We went to the drawing board and developed the custom pearl yellow color in-house from our vast selection of Akzo-Nobel Paints. Under non-direct light, the color looks subtle and classic, as it should, but in the sun, the yellow pearl comes to life!
The re-assembly allowed for perfect integration of modern and classic components. Power comes from a brand new Chevrolet Performance 350 CID crate engine, backed by a classic Muncie 4 speed transmission. The steering was upgraded to a rack and pinion system, and a new tilt steering column was retrofitted for improved driver comfort. Power disc brakes were installed, and a custom wiring harness was built for the truck in-house, based on a 22 circuit kit from Speedway Motors. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome!