Terry Bowman and his brother, John, built their '40 Chevy as a tribute to the American farmer. Terry tells us a bit about their ol' atbed: "I know most men are nuts for old pickup trucks and/or John Deere. If you ever drove a 1940 Chevy HD ?-ton with fourteen springs on the rear axle, you know that you can start of in any gear and double clutch it if you use more than one. You soon realize it's more tractor than truck. You even have to stand up on the seat to park it, even with every steering part replaced!

So, it only made sense that I went with a John Deere theme. We replaced everything but the original engine, HD four-speed trans, and rear axle; they are still perfect.

Remove the 12V, solid-state battery, tin signs, wheels and tires and she's stock. John Deere two-tone green and yellow tractor paint with a hardener got the look we wanted and I covered the new oor, step-down rockers, and bed with high gloss spray-on bedliner, it looks good and will stop small arms fire.

I went to five shows and got four trophies; I was disqualified at the fifth. They didn't have a category for my vintage, so they put me in an earlier class and a number of entrants complained (they threw out my votes), and I was tied for Best of Show. They didn't give me that either, but the tiebreaker took a few pictures of my truck for himself and gave the award to a '57 Chevy in the club. We nished the truck in August, which was the last of the ve shows. I didn't get First Place in ev- ery show, but I was de nitely the most photographed."

Way to breathe new life into an old hauler and with a different approach than most to boot! CCT