Randy Stricklin's

1954 1st Series Chevy 1/2-Ton

"Fresh Milk"

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01 March 2005

From Randy: 

      Hey Guys! I have been addicted to your site just about as long as I have been in love with early 50's trucks.

      First, I bought "Fresh Milk" about three years ago after convincing my wife that I really needed a hobby. She finally said o.k. and I begin the adventure.

      The "Old Blue" '54 First series had been used by a carpenter for the last 27 years and it stayed pretty much as he found it, including the sign on the right door panel that read "Fresh Milk."

      I started by having an old mechanic rebuild the engine and tranny and just started driving it around. I like to go to swap meets and garage sales, so my recent purchase was perfect for my Sunday morning excursions. On one such morning, while leaving a big flea market sale in Alameda, California, I spotted a '53 parked outside the gates with a "For Sale by Owner" sign attached. I made a cell phone call on the spot.

      "Fresh Milk" has had a a good bit of work done to her (compared to the '53). With the help of a third generation Oakland body shop, we've stripped her down and have been restoring her like new for many months now. Every time the body shop gets a higher paying customer, "Old Blue" gets pushed to the back. If I can maintain my patience, I'll have another great cruiser. When she's done she'll be a Banana Puddin' Yellow with nice chrome and white walls.

      I'll send pictures when I have them. Until then, keep on truckin'!

Randy Stricklin
Oakland, California

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