My Favorite Ride: ’49 Chevy pickup

04/10/2014 6:51 PM

04/10/2014 11:03 PM

The car: 1949 5-window Chevy pickup truck.

The owner: Glenn Root, Catheys Valley

1. What are the key features of your vehicle? The key features of my truck would have to be the paint scheme on the tailgate. Craig Judd of Chowchilla did an awesome job on it. The truck bed and the interior are both key features of my truck. I designed and installed them both.

2. What did you have to do to get it in its present state? It took 15 years of blood, sweat and tears.

3. What else do you want to do to it? Now that I finally have my truck up and running, all I want to do is drive it and enjoy it.

4. How did you acquire your vehicle? I first saw my truck in Bear Valley and eventually I inquired about it. I ended up purchasing it from its second owner. The original owner was a gardener in Fresno, and he used it as a work truck.

5. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it? I personally like the style of the 1947 to 1954 Chevy pickups. These trucks bring back fond memories of growing up on the family farm in Michigan.

6. What started your love affair with cars? My love affair with cars all started in 1961. It was the year I turned 16 and bought my first car, a 1937 Plymouth business coupe. From then on I spent most of my spare time under the hood of project cars.

7. What advice would you give others about starting such a project? I would advise anyone starting a car project to be patient and don’t get discouraged. Listen to advice from other car buffs, but in the end stay true to your dream. The end result is well worth all the work. Oh, yeah – it doesn’t hurt to have a girlfriend who is willing to get her hands dirty once in a while, too.

8. Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars? I have a 1962 Chevy Impala currently under restoration. I also have a 1938 Plymouth two-door sedan and a 1976 Chevy Corvette.

9. What’s your favorite memory about this ride? After 15 years I have plenty of memories, but my favorite memory would have to be when the truck was in its original state and I was able to show the young guys at the fire station how to start it with a crank. There were sure a lot of surprised looks on their faces.

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