• Jim J.'s 1971 Chevy 3/4 Ton

My love for trucks began in high school, and throughout the years I would own several different trucks. Our family had a steel frame building business so trucks were necessary for our everyday operations. Ownership for this truck dates back to 1974. The truck was just 3 years old at the time and was advertised in the local paper. Its first owner lived on Mackinaw Island. The owner’s job was maintenance on the Island; hence the tool boxes.

The truck is a 1971: ¾ ton, 4 wheel drive, four on the floor, with lock out hubs and 1 ton rear axle. In addition the truck has a 10 ton wench, located just behind the cab in the box, driven by a power take off. The wheels are aluminum, tires 31X10.50R16.5, 10 ply. The truck’s original factory color, ochre, has never been changed. Its unique color stands out and is recognized by many.

Soon after getting the truck I customized the tail lights. I found an old bus in a junk yard that had real glass lights that were 6 volt, had them converted to 12 volts, and used them to replace the tail light assembly.

Being in the steel building business I was able to construct a custom brush guard for the front of the truck. The truck has been used almost daily throughout the past 44 years. I hope to enjoy it for many more years to come. Even if people don’t know me, they know my truck.