Friday, April 24, 2009

Truckload of Happiness

copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell


This is John in his 1956 GMC truck. Makes you smile, doesn't it?

When John graduated from college in Mankato MN, he spent his last $1,000 on this truck, loaded his belongings in the bed, and headed home. That was 16 years ago. "Longer than I've had my wife", John pointed out. Not comparing, just saying.

As you might expect, John found the truck where it had come to rest in a farm field. But she's not a Minnesota native, having spent most of her days in sunny Arizona. "Good steel", John smiled. "And it's a "small window", which makes it pretty rare", he told me. Apparently most had the rear window that wraps-around the back corners of the cab.

As you can see, John has put a lot of himself into this truck. And it's not quite finished, even after 16 years. The bed currently has no floor. John's a painter by trade, and has something unique in mind for the floorboards, using wood and incorporating the flame motif he designed for the hood.

After we chatted, John fired up the 350 cubic-inch "built" engine that sounds every bit like you would expect a 375HP engine to sound, and grinned like it was the first time he heard it. Yeah. Sweet.



copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell




copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell




copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell




copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell


All words and images copyright 2009 Jeff Blackwell

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