I purchased a used 1988 Chevy Silverado 22 years ago. When I bought the truck, it was in fairly good condition but over the course of time things needed to be done, both mechanically and cosmetically. About 8 years ago I had it painted. The shop that we chose did a really good job. The truck has always been a “work truck” so I had the bed of the truck Arnold Coated. This was not only for protection of the bed, it also took away that “tin can” sound. It looked great. I retired in 2016 and that’s when the project really took off. My goal was to keep the truck as original as possible. I had the glass replaced, the bumpers were re- chromed. Slowly but surely, I could see progress being made. The truck started to look really good; I was happy.
My wife was my biggest supporter in getting this project completed. She never said anything about the time or money I was spending. To her, I am extremely grateful. With time on my hands, I was able to do more of the work I could myself. If a part was reusable, I used it. If it wasn’t, unfortunately , I replaced it, with the help of LMC Truck. The folks at LMC were so helpful and very patient. Their knowledge is incredible. So many things had to be done. My next task was to get the inside of the truck done. I ordered dash components and door panels. Last but not least, I found someone to reupholster the truck seat. After speaking to him, he had a pretty good sense of what I wanted done. We chose the fabric and the color that matched up with the original.
Many people who had a hand in getting this project completed. I now consider all of them my friends. It took a lot of time and effort. Anyone who has taken on a project like this knows what I’m talking about. For example, the wheels on the truck are almost 15 years old. The factory coating started to chip off , so I had them polished. Then I blew up the engine. My mechanic rebuilt the motor. We were able to save the original block. While the motor was being rebuilt, the truck was trailered to my paint guy. He painted the entire motor bay. With the truck back from my mechanic, as a gift my wife got me a personal license plate for the truck. I know other things are going to break and need to be repaired. That’s the thing about projects like this. When that happens, LMC will be there. It is always rewarding when my wife and I are out for a drive. People honk, they give us a thumbs up, some even come up and make comment about the truck. I look forward to many years of being able to jump in my truck and drive.