1936 Chevy Pickup Truck
01 June 2010 Update
From Sam :
I wanted to update the progress of my Dad’s 1936 Chevy pickup.
We finally completed the frame off restoration in July 2009. Since this was our second time doing this type of project together, we were able to do things a little faster and better on his truck.
I have included some pictures of the process (in the Photobucket link). As you can see, we added a power steering gear box and used the original pitman arm.
Dad was able to get his vintage truck to two car shows so far and got a trophy at the second event.
Since we have completed the restoration, he does not drive it everyday but my Mother drives it more often now because it has power steering and an automatic.
I know my Dad looks at his truck as his pride and joy as he has for the last 49 years but now she really shines. Dad has had all winter to rest so he will take it easy this summer and hopefully get it to a few more car shows
Sam, a great two-year update. It's great to have all those extra photos from the Photobucket site! The old truck looks great. Fantastic to hear your Mom is driving her, too! I bet she'll be bringing home more trophies this year. But more so, it's been neat to hear how much enjoyment she has been for you and your Dad. Thanks for the update. [ You Bolters be sure to check out Sam's '36, too. ] Pass on our regards to your Dad. ~ Editor
04 June 2008
From Sam :
I'm submitting this posting for my Father (Naaman Borders) and his 1936 Chevy pickup that he built around 1963. He told me that he found this old truck in Corning, California about 30 miles from Chico. It was all in pieces. The only thing that was together was the cab and frame. All the fenders, hood and running boards were off and the bed was used as a trash bin.
He asked the owner if it was for sale and he said "No" but that he would trade it for a piano for his wife. So my Father bought a used piano for $100 and traded it for the pickup. All that happened in 1962. He didn't get it running until 1963.
As you can see in the pictures, my Father did some modifications by adding a second spare tire carrier to the driver's side. He also added a full wrap around diamond plate rear bumper with a trailer hitch because he planed on driving it every day -- and he does!
I can remember his pickup being painted blue [ pix ] -- that was in 1968 when I was eight years old. Then in 1976, he painted it green [ pix ] . I was in high school then and that is when I got the bug to get my own '36 Chevy pickup. It took me many years to do it (2007).
Since Fathers Day is coming up, I just wanted to let him know how much I appreciated and enjoyed him helping me build my '36 Chevy street rod. It was fun to do a Father / Son project together and I could not have done it without his expertise.
I will keep you updated when it is completed.
Thanks Dad and thank you Stovebolt for letting me tell my Father's story.
Wow, Sam and Naaman ... this is really great. We always love the Father / Son ... Father / Daughter stories. And what a perfect time to send this in. These two look really great. Thank YOU two! ~ Editor