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The Path Chosen
For Telly Violetto, building hot rods is what he is all about, even if it took him a few years to find himself. We'll let Telly tell you about his journey.
"I bought my '72 Chevy truck when I was 17 and started working on it with my dad, but with high school, sports, and work, it didn't get very far. Then I went right to tech college for two years, and then had the bright idea to move to Florida, so I sold the truck to my friend's dad, where it sat for the next six years. I moved back from Florida very quickly and joined the union with my dad, but still built and painted hot rods on the weekend, and that's when I realized that fixing and restoring hot rods was what I needed to be doing. I opened my own shop out of my four-car garage and went to work, and it wasn't long before I decided I needed my own hot rod, so I bought my truck back for the same amount of money and picked it up in the same spot I delivered it to.
"I started off on the truck by shaving the rusty driprails. The truck also had a sunroof in it, so I grafted a moonroof from a Mazda truck to the cab. A buddy of mine had a wrecked DeVille with good taillights, so I molded them in, closed the gate, built a custom roll pan, and shaved the cowl panel along with every other hole in the truck. I used a shaved '67 bumper and almost put the '67 nose on, but my '72 fenders were already finished, so instead of using my original hood, I used a '67 hood, but I shortened and remade the nose to work with the fenders. Wegner Automotive Research worked me a good deal on one of their LS6 carbureted motors, so I dropped that in along with a 700-R4. I also added four-wheel disc brakes and an air suspension as well.
"Special thanks go to my dad, Tom Violetto, and my good friend Jim Choate for helping me finish up the truck. Dad did the oak bed, and they also installed the one-piece windows and anything else that needed attention."