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Owned by Harvey Shepherd
Evans, Georgia
 
21 March 2009
# 2569

From Harvey :

Here are some photos of my project truck. It is a 1971 Chevrolet C-10 with a 350 V-8. It is an old farm truck and is dented and scratched [ passenger side image ], but not too rusty. The odometer reads less than 20,000 miles. Apparently, it wasn't driven on the road that much.

The truck is still in a "before" condition [ driver side image ]. It sat in the center aisle of a barn near Atlanta (I'm about 160 mile east of Atlanta, Georgia, in Augusta on the South Carolina border). I intend to try my hand at some restorations/restomods with GCC, but with three teenagers, I'm having to make my fortune elsewhere! (I jokingly tell my friends that I'm going to have to sell a kidney to pay for the insurance when they start driving.)

The truck was the farm truck for my wife's Great Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe Norton was her Grandmother's younger brother. He was a fine, gracious, kind-hearted Southern gentleman. He had a 101 acre farm in Palmetto, Georgia. When we lived in Atlanta, we would go for a visit and Joe would drive us around the pastures in the truck to look at his cattle. My boys were very young then but remember riding in the truck.

Uncle Joe served as a combat engineer at Normandy in WW2. He died at age 95 and Grandmother died at 97. Uncle Joe's children gave the truck to me.

Another interesting thing with the truck is that it is the light or medium green that was popular then. My paternal Grandfather was a small town merchant in South Georgia. He bought and drove nothing but green Chevrolets. So now I have a green Chevrolet in my fleet. 

I received the truck car carrier during the night last December. I had been trying to move it for almost a year. My wife said that I was like a kid on Christmas with a new toy!

I enjoy veteran, vintage and classic cars and trucks. As Garden City Classics, I was representing Penrite Oil's UK operation, which is focused on old cars, trucks and motorcycle lubricants. Penrite was having a tough time with the exchange rates and shipping costs from England. The North American distributor I was working for closed his operation, so I don't represent Penrite at present.

Besides the '71, I also inherited a 1985 Chevy K-10 305 V-8, which in another life also served as a farm truck. If money were not a problem, I'd fool around with old cars and trucks all day -- that's what I really like. I got involved with vintage racing when a friend of mine raced his 1970 Triumph TR6 in the Walter Mitty race at Road Atlanta. That was quite an experience and a lot of fun.

There are restoration plans in the future for both. Right now, it needs tires and shocks to be more roadworthy so I can move it around a bit. Engine work, exhaust system replacement, paint and body, transmission work, etc. are on the list as well.

Regards,

Harvey Shepherd
Garden City Classics
Transportation Consultants & Specialists
P.O. Box 1848
Evans, GA 30809-1848
706-855-9002 phone
706-833-9075 mobile


Well, it's good to get Harvey's story and truck in here! We have been working on this since last June! A good read is worth the wait. ~ Editor

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