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Owned by John Nossal, Jr.
Bolter # 19781
Clarkston, Michigan

Talking about this truck
in the Welcome Center

20 February 2010
# 2759

From John :

My story starts back when I was five years old, playing with Tonka trucks in the dirt. Years later, I saw pictures of me playing with those trucks and I knew then that I was a truck guy.

Back in the seventh grade, I worked at my friend's family landscape business potting plants and even drove the Massey here and there. I was in love. A short time after that, an elderly neighbor needed the grass cut and I said sure. The same day I was to cut, someone gave them a "lawnjob" driving across their entire front yard. I said if I cut the grass following the tire tracks for two cuts you won't see it. Sure enough, I was correct! It was at that moment that I knew I was a landscaper-in-training.

Soon after  (1980-ish),  I saw a Hidden Valley Ranch commercial with an old truck in a field and told myself someday I hope to be able to buy one. How cool would it be to have an old truck with a company name on it like Sanford and Son.

In 1995 I started my own lawn / landscape business called Home Turf Management LLC. I had that same work ethic as I did when I was in the seventh grade. I have been growing my business ever since.

Moving forward to 2009, I now had a business making some money that allowed me to also have a little play money. At that point I started searching for old trucks. My dream was slowly coming to a reality.

Finally in the middle of January 2009, in Michigan with lots of snow, I found a truck in Iowa. By looking at the picture, I knew that was the one. I called the person and drove 10 hours in the middle of the night, in a snow storm. I came back with my dream strapped to my trailer.

After finally getting back to town, I started on it right a way. It ran great when I got it [ before picture ] . So I totally detailed and replaced or repaired everything necessary on the whole truck minus a paint job. I got it all done in three months.

Since I'm a landscaper, I wanted a restored old truck, but with an old look which fits my business perfect.

My dream at last became a reality on May 3rd 2009 when I drove my 1953 Chevy 4100 series 50 miles home for its first road trip. Since then it has been to car shows, in a parade, at the Woodward Dream Cruise and all over town with a fresh 1,000 miles put on it. The awesome part of it all is, after thinking back and looking at when I started  landscaping in the 7th grade, my start date just happened to be the same date I first drove my old truck approximately 30 years later.

This story is why I'm a Chevy guy forever......

John Nossal, Jr.


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