It’s often the most uncomplicated memories that make the longest lasting impressions, especially when you’re young. The creaking of an old rocking chair as it works the boards on a farmer’s porch and the crackling sounds rolling in from an AM transistor radio is all it took for John Griffith of Hanson, Massachusetts, to flash back to his simple past growing up in rural West Virginia on his Grandparent’s farm. Living on the farm there were always plenty of chores to get through, but every so often, there was time for a much-needed break and chance to step away from it all. Mondays hosted the horse and cattle auctions in town, so John and his Grandfather would take the drive to check it out with their neighbor who just so happened to own a ’49 Chevy pickup. Even though it was a rough workhorse, a ride in the bed of the Chevy gave John as much excitement as a ride on the roller coaster at the town fair. On that rare occasion, a ride across the farm while sitting in the cab sealed the deal in his young mind that someday he would actually own a truck just like this one. Upon graduating from High School in ’67, John’s Dad surprised him with a ’55 Chevy coupe which was downright cool, but as the years passed he would always have a new pickup in his driveway.
As time moved forward, John relocated to Massachusetts where he was able to find a small working farm, which brought back many of his youthful memories. It was the perfect place to raise a family and run his business from. However, one consuming memory still remained forever biting at his heels, that of the ’49 Chevy hauler he always dreamed of. Fate can have a funny way of finding you like the day his brother-in-law, Bo, dragged home the remains of a ’53 Chevy pickup left for dead from a cornfield in rural Connecticut. He told John that it would be a great starting point to complete the chapter on reliving his youth. Every New Englander knows the beating vintage steel takes from harsh road salt and brutal winter weather and it was no surprise that the only salvageable parts on the ’53 were its doors. Never one to let the odds set him back, John moved forward in search of a decent cab and chassis for the project. After scouring the area, he answered an ad in the local newspaper, which turned up a decent start to the project. A deal was made and he finally had all the basic parts to start with. In making the decision of what style to follow for the build, John studied countless trucks and manufacturer’s parts offerings till he came to a decision. His ideal rendition of the ’49 would need to have a wicked stance, clean lines, performance and reliability. Armed with this information, he sought out a builder who could share his vision and bring the truck to life. A meeting with Dennis MacPherson of DMC Racing in Halifax, Massachusetts, was all it took since Dennis and his team brought endless capabilities to the table for both the sheetmetal restoration and custom fabrication required to take on a job of this magnitude.