Rolling Tribute

The truck originally belonged to my best friend in high school. After graduating in 1983, we remained good friends. About 1987 the engine developed a low end knock so we decided to pull the motor out to make upgrades. We put the engine on a stand and put the truck in the corner of the shop and covered it up. We talked about what we would be doing with it in the coming weeks and beyond. But sadly, that time came and went. The truck remained there for the next 30 years. My friend passed away in 2015. In 2017 I bought the truck from his family. Still in pieces. The following two years I spent putting it back together. I’m very pleased with the end result. I feel my friend would be too. The chassis has only 52,000 miles on it. 95% of the paint is original. Engine is a stout 351 Cleveland with a reworked C6 transmission. It has a B&M Star shifter with a custom console that wraps around the shifter. The “heart” wheels were on the truck when my friend bought it. I told his family that every time I take it out it’s a tribute to him. He was well known in our small community years ago and to this day people still refer to it as his truck. That’s fine to me. I consider myself the caretaker of it after all.