Will Tommey's

1954 1/2-Ton Pickup

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01 March 2004

From Will:

         I'll come right out and say it -- I didn't build this truck, I bought it as is. Why? Well, I'm restoring a '41 pickup and it's taking forever. I wanted an old truck to drive right now. So, until it's done, I have this to cruise around in.

         A 1984 Chevy pickup gave it's life for this truck. It donated its complete chasis with a 350 V8, automatic transmission and rear end, along with a tilt column. It gets driven at least once a week, sometimes more if the weather is nice. I'll drive this anywhere, anytime (although I avoid tight parking lots). The late model suspension, power steering and brakes sure make it enjoyable -- an air conditioner would be nice, though.          

         It's painted 1973 Corvette yellow with body mods including frenched headlights, shaved emblems and hood trim center strip. The gas tank is in the bed, along with a spare tire. I got tired of looking at them, so I built a plywood bedcover that fits flush inside the bed rails. (In 1954, the flat-topped bed rails were introduced). Then I covered the 3/4-inch plywood with black marine vinyl. The front lid of the bed cover is about 18" wide, hinged with a continuous piano hinge and allows access to the gas tank. The back lid is about 30" wide and acts as a trunk for ice chest and lawn chairs. The spare rides somewhere in the middle of the short bed.

         Will also has a 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton in the Gallery ~~ Editor

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