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1950 Chevy 1/2-Ton

Owned by

Rino Dattilo
Bolter # 14445
Goleta, California


11 February 2008
# 2225

From Rino :

          I have been the proud owner of this AD for about six years now.  It's a 1950 AD Chevy, with a 235 - 3 on the tree. It has dual exhaust (old home made job) - cherry bomb and straight pipe –“baaaam bam bam bam bam.” My brother previously owned it for about five years. Before that, I do not know much about the history.

          I have had a love for the AD trucks since I was 15 years old and it started really by a failed promise. One day a friend of the family told my Father and I that he believed in his heart (he said God told him - and we were in church at the time) that he was to give me his 1950 truck. He said it was nothing to look at (it was his first gardening truck) but that I could have it.  Of course, I said, “When can we come and get it?!” To that, he stated that he would bring it by.

          Well, many days I waited - and waited - but the truck never appeared. It was tough for a kid -- well it was tough on me anyway. Therefore, since that time I would eye AD trucks as they passed always hoping that maybe one day I would have one.

          Well, long story short here is how I got the truck:

          One day my brother calls and tells me he is going to sell his truck, but I have no money for it! Then, out of the blue, someone who owed me $2,500 sends it to me (10 years later) so I buy the truck. A cousin helped me (financially) to paint the truck. Here is a picture of how it looked before we painted it. It took four years to get painted original blue and a lot of patience learned and earned. As you see it now, it is my daily driver. [ Here I am driving! ]

          This truck really is a miracle. I tell the story often. The friend forgot the promise - God never did. Not only do I have the truck of my dreams, He provided most of the money for it. [ Cool fatfender shot ]

          You know, if I would have gotten the truck at 15, I can guarantee you that I would not have it today. It really came at the right time. The really amazing thing is that the truck has opened many a conversations that have led to me helping people. I have even been asked to be the Chaplain of some car clubs (hasn’t happen yet but who knows).

          Well I have enclosed some before and afters.