Floyd’s brother had owned this ’48 Chevy until his death in 1989. It sat in a pasture for many years until Floyd’s son, Billy, was old enough to start restoring it. Progress was slow, and then Billy was diagnosed with cancer. After he passed away in 1999, work on the truck stopped only to start again in 2001. “It became a race to see if we could finish it in time for what would have been Billy’s graduation from high school,” Floyd explained. Almost every stage of the rebuild was done at the shop by employees.
A 350 small-block powers the truck, backed by a Cadillac four-speed automatic with a 9-inch rearend spinning 2.75 gears. It retains the original cab and front clip, upgraded with a Mustang II front suspension. The factory frame was boxed with ¼-inch steel plate. The use of 3⁄8-inch deck plate in the bed helps with traction in the rear. Billy’s ’48 was finished in 2002 and has covered almost 180,000 miles. Since it sees use as daily transportation, that number may be over 200,000 by now.
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