ChoicesGeorge Jones said it best with, "I've had choices since the day that I was born." When you stop and think about it, that's all life is, and when it came time for Kevin Kennedy to make some choices, one big one is four-wheel drive. As you can see, the Utah native has a thing for all things all-wheel drive. His latest truck is the turquoise '62. Because the truck was originally 2WD he yanked the body and transplanted it onto an '89 Blazer chassis. The chassis came complete with a 350 motor backed by a Turbo 400. The interior consists of a Lariat seat with gray tweed upholstery. The door panels and headliner are also gray tweed. The outside of the truck is stock besides the '64 grille and tailgate chains. Inside the bed is new #2 pine slathered with enough varnish to coat a redwood. Kevin also built a custom pine toolbox to match the bed floor. Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the truck-well, besides its size-is the billet rims wrapped with 36-inch Super Swamper tires. And the best part is, those tires aren't for looks-this '62 is Kevin's daily driver in the winter.
Kevin's other truck is what you would call a bit of an oddity. Now for those of you who are sitting there scratching your heads like an ancient Roman sculpture wondering if GM ever produced a four-door six-man truck, the answer is no. U.S. Steel commissioned Stageway Coaches to build 100 of these '64 trucks for day-to-day operations. Two years ago Kevin bought the truck off an 88-year-old man who purchased the Chevy from an equipment company back in '69. After bying the truck, Kevin became curious to see how often the truck was used, and after some research between the old man and the equipment company Kevin's best estimate is somewhere in the 500,000-mile marker! According to Kevin, when he got the truck it definitely looked the part of traveling a half million miles. Upon getting the truck Kevin dropped it off at a body shop for three months, where they patched the rust holes and painted the orange and white paint scheme. They also added new bumpers, a grille, and nerf bars. Kevin dropped in a 350 engine once it was home, and Rhino lined the bed with a matching toolbox. Lastly, the interior was upholstered in gray and black tweed. Then the new Old Tyme gauges were installed along with ball-milled aluminum dash inserts.
Diary Of A CCT ReaderAnd now for something completely different. Instead of us telling a story abut somebody's truck, why not hear it in the same words the owner sent to us? So without further ado, have at it, Bill Tice:
"Hey guys, here are a few pictures of my 1958 Ford F-250 Stepside pickup. This truck was still in use for a roofing company (but barely!) when I bought it. This is the first truck I've renovated, and it was a real learning experience. My thanks go out to J&A Auto Body in Spokane, Washington, who took the '58 under their wing as a 'project' in their spare time and made it beautiful. With the new gears in it, it can actually go faster than 40 mph! This will be my son's transportation to high school as soon as he turns 16. Considering he is now 10, I get to have some fun with it first!"
Indeed you do, Bill. Just don't get too crazy, and keep it in one piece for the boy!
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.