Tony Parr's

1954 Chevrolet 3100

"Rusty"


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21 August 2007 Update

From Tony :

           Hi. I thought I would send the finished product of a four-year frame-off restoration of my 1954 Chevy truck. I appreciate the past pics that you posted and thought you might like to see what Rusty looks like now. Here is a nice photo of the interior.

           This has been a long dream that finally has came true. When we first got Rusty, the kids wouldn’t hardly drive around with me. Now they always ask when we can go.

           Rusty has been in one truck show as of date and won two first places. This link will take you to the site to see all the pics.

Tony Parr
"teacher54"
Bolter # 3922
Kennett, Missouri

           Well congratulation on the completion, the first place trophies ... and a fine looking ride! Thanks for keeping us posted to get this far! Now ... go and enjoy. Let us know when you start the second one ! ~~ Editor


02 April 2007 Update  

From Tony :

           Hello. It has been almost four years since I sent a picture of "Rusty." Our projected "finish date" will be in the last of April 2007. The kids, Blake and Morgan who both drive now, are beginning to see the light. They keep asking if they can drive "Rusty" which I have to get a new name for it now.  The youngest helped the most tearing it apart.

           It has been going slow since last update. I'm about a year behind where I wanted but things happen. I will say that I wasn't in the 90% of people that never finish. The deadline for mine is April 28th. Why? That is the date for the local "Garrett Short" Truck and car show.

           You have to know that things take time .... and alot of know how or alot of money. Me, I have neither so the five year plan was in effect.

           I've posted more new pics on my web site. (Also some good shots of building the shop!)

           The final colors are silver and purple. The firewall is the silver. I did get the Vintage Air system ... super nice company and was not to bad of a job to get in. If you see something I need to do or just want to ask something, feel free to e-mail me.

Tony Parr
"teacher54"
Bolter # 3922
Kennett, Missouri


15 October  2003 Update  

From Tony :

           Hello again. Finally, after a long summer of watching the kids play baseball and working on the shop when I had the free time, I'm finally starting to work on "Rusty." I just started taking the truck apart and learning as I go. 

           Thanks for posting "Rusty" with all the other great trucks. Who knows if the pocketbook holds out and wife doesn't kick me out, then "Rusty" just might get a new name.

Tony Parr
"teacher54"
Bolter # 3922
Kennett, Missouri


01 June 2003  

From Tony :

           I thought I would share my before picture of my 1954 Chevy Truck. I’m the third owner of this truck.  The last owner had it for 37 years and was in bad health so his daughter drove it to Missouri. Yes, she drove it over three hours to get here.  My wife and oldest son were a little ashamed to ride with me on the way home.  (He is 12.)  My oldest daughter (13) and my youngest son (9) loved it.  They kept blowing the horn and waving to all that passed. Granny and Jed had nothing on us! 

           We are currently building a shop behind the house to work on “Rusty,” the name my wife has given the truck. 

           We have little knowledge on how to restore a truck, but this site has been a great tool to finally get the kids excited and share in a family way. 

Tony Parr
"teacher54"
Bolter # 3922
Kennett, Missouri
(small town ... but hometown of Sheryl Crow! Yes, I did date her in high school, but that is another story.)

           Tony - looks like a great old truck - send us a few project pictures from time to time - shop and truck!" ~~ Curator



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