"In October 2006, disaster struck. While returning from a show in Lodi, the studs on the driver-side rear broke off and I spun around hitting a concrete overpass at 60 mph backwards. I wasn't hurt, but the truck sure was. Everything from the cab back needed to be replaced and the frame was displaced 6 inches. I then took the truck to East Bay Frame and Axle. There, Marty straightened the frame and installed a new Alston four-link and Currie rearend. I then ordered a Pro's Pick bed, roll pan, and tailgate. The truck, along with the new parts, was then taken to Claire Street Auto Body where Ralph began working his magic on the dented cab and rear half. It was also at this time Ralph suggested to me that we french the parking lights and headlights. Then that thought transpired into also installing new taillights in the roll pan and shaving the antenna, cowl vent, and driprail. After a month of resisting all these mods, I gave the go ahead to Ralph to go crazy. It was at this time he found that the rattle-can primer job I did in 2001 didn't stick. At one point Ralph peeled a 2-foot square of paint right off the truck! At that point he said the only way he would continue is if we-we beingme-would strip the cab and front sheetmetal down to bare metal. Once stripped, Ralph then laid down a basecoat clearcoat custom-mix PPG Aqua/Blue paint job.

"I then took the truck to Sure Fit Upholstery, where Jim covered the interior-based around Cadillac Seville seats-and bed with leather and BMW gray wool carpet. Topping the entire package off is a set of Intro Speedstar rims (8x18 up front and 14x20 out back) with Michelin rubber (235/40/18 up front and 335/30/20 out back). Now that the truck is back on the road I've changed its name from 'Tubby '57' to 'resu-wreck-tion!'"

Now that's what we call a journey. At least it has a happy ending.