Daily Features

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 (MARCH 2013): 1954 CHEVROLET TRUCK-A NORTH AMERICAN CLASSIC DONE KIWI STYLE

By on February 26, 2013
mar13-54chevimgp2246-001

mar13-54chevimgp2246-001

 

 

John Oliver moved to Canada in 1976 but he was a huge fan of the North American car culture long before he uprooted from New Zealand.

 

 

Eventually he became firmly entrenched in the world of old iron so the next logical move was to jump into a a great project.

 

 

Something classic like a 1954 Chevy pickup.

 

 

mar13-54chevimgp2231-001

 

 

John grew up with dreams of deuce coupes and street-rodding but he narrowed his search down to a specific area as he recalled, “I decided to go for a 1947 to ’53 Chevy truck because it was too expensive to buy a ’32 Ford. I was driving through a small town and saw this truck with a great big ‘for sale sign’ so I had to stop”.

 

 

The truck was a 1954 Chevy in his price range after a fairly lengthy search so the timing was good for a serious project as he explained,“The kids are grown up now so when I found this truck I knew I had the time to do a good job”.

 

 

mar13-54chevimgp2243-001

 

 

John defines the term “hands-on guy” because he was involved in every facet of the project with the exception of the final finish.

 

The truck was in good, but not great shape so the work took a few years but he added,“I could have built a new house in the time it took but it takes awhile to get things right”.

 

 

mar13-54chevimgp2232-001

 

 

John knew what he wanted when he built this truck because he knew that driving it in comfort and style was the key to success. This is where the term resto-mod really applies to this ’54 Chevy because these old workhorses were a little slow and “loosey-goosey” in the steering in and brakes right out of the factory.

 

That’s not a pleasant experience on the idiot infested roads of 2013 and John wanted to drive this more than 80 miles a day.

 

 

mar13-54chevyimgp2241-001

 

 

The solution came in the form of a Mustang II front end that was aided by some serious stopping power in the form of Camaro disc brakes. The truck runs a bulletproof 350 mated up to an equally bulletproof 350 automatic and the steering column came right out of a Nova.

 

 

mar13-54chevyimgp2239-001

 

John focused on the interior too,I added some Ford Ranger seats and console so it’s a lot nicer than stock”.

 

 

mar13-54chevyimgp2240-001

 

 

John didn’t do this alone, “I had an neighbor who asked if he could help to get out of the house so he ended up putting so much time in my wife ended up cooking supper for him but he was a big help”.

 

John’s wife also contributed in her own way, “She picked out the color (black cherry pearl). At first I hated it but once it was on the truck I loved it”.

 

This was a lengthy project but John admits that the pleasure was worth the pain, “I had a bit of a distributor problem coming to the show because the distributor clamp kept springing loose so I put on an old Chevy distributor back in and set the timing-it was only out 3 degrees and the truck ran great all the way”.

 

 

mar13-54chevimgp2242-001

 

 

John loves driving the ’54 ,” It’s easy to drive but I do put it in trailer when I go to Vegas.There are still a few road noise issues but I’m pretty picky”.

 

 

mar13-54chevimgp2245-001

 

 

The truck has affected John’s lifestyle in a profound way , “we used to do a lot of camping but now we’re going in a different direction like rod runs because it’s great to get out and talk to people”.

 

 

Classic ’54 Chevy trucks are a great icebreaker.

 

 

Jerry Sutherland

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Pinterest

print

17544 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

rac imgp4780 001

FEBRUARY 25, 2015: PUT A NUMBER ON THE DOOR BECAUSE OLD RACE CARS MAKE OLD RIDES LOOK EVEN COOLER

  There’s another trend sweeping the car hobby and it may be one of the most interesting visual sights you’ll see at a car show.   Put a number...

February 25, 2015 View more...
54-imgp6495-001

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 (MARCH 2014): 1954 GMC TOW TRUCK-THERE’S NO RETIREMENT FOR A WORKING CLASS TRUCK

  Trevor Comfort is a car guy who likes to fall on the grenade for old iron.   He’s rescued everything from late 50s and early 60s Cadillacs to...

February 23, 2014 View more...
mar13-65musimgp4684-001

FEBRUARY 25, 2013 (MARCH 2013): 1965 FORD MUSTANG RETRACTABLE HARDTOP–ONE RARE PONY

  Most car guys are well aware of the Ford retractable hardtop option in the 1957-59 lineup.   These cars were a miracle of modern 1950s technology because they...

February 25, 2013 View more...
54chevyoct1154chevaimgp1761-2

FEBRUARY 15, 2012: LET’S SHOW A LITTLE LOVE FOR THE UNDER-LOVED 1954 CHEVROLET

  The 1954 Chevrolet had a classic case of Curly (Three Stooges) Howard syndrome because it was also a victim of circumstances.   The ’54 Chevy was the last...

February 15, 2012 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

news-mill-jjmscc_Neon-001

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!   Are you too busy to check out MSCC regularly? That’s too bad because MyStarCollectorCar is updated every day.   You don’t...

October 25, 2017 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

More At My Star

MSCC FEBRUARY 21 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY—TWO DIFFERENT CLUES, TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS

  WELCOME TO MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY FOR 2018   This is the third year for MSCC “What’s It?” Wednesday.   This feature was an overnight success back in 2016 so the only thing to do was keep it rolling in 2018.   Look for the first clue at the top of the section and See More

SO? WHAT DO YOU DO WITH GRANDPA’S OLD SEDAN?

    Your grandfather probably drove a boring car—unless your grandpa was a guy named George “King of the Customizers” Barris.   Grandfathers were big on stripped down, radio, delete four-door sedans because they probably lived through an era when money was tight and cars were plain, simple transportation.   They left behind well-maintained, low See More

FIVE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD CARS OF ALL TIME

  The automotive industry has a history of eating its young when it comes to cars that did not make the grade with customers and critics.   The most obvious and famous example has always been the Edsel so MyStarCollectorCar has to acknowledge this unloved car as one of the five most misunderstood cars of See More

FIVE CARS I NEED TO SEE AT A SHOW

  I see a lot of vintage iron in a year because that’s a job perk at MyStarCollectorCar.   There was a long list of stuff I hadn’t seen before 2009—the first year at MSCC.   The list may be shorter but there are some interesting cars I still need to see at a show See More

Editor’s Picks

SEAN-5

MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY: SEAN BELL–A FORD GUY PICKS HIS FIVE FAVORITE FORDS

  A guy who sells Fords for a living will definitely have a strong list of favorite Blue Oval rides.   Sean Bell is the General Manager at Cam...

January 11, 2018 View more...
5-auc

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CAR AUCTIONS

  Car auctions have become a TV hit thanks to extensive coverage over the last twenty years so auctions have been turned into show business.   They are run...

December 14, 2017 View more...
sein

CONNECTING WITH SEINFELD—THE FRATERNITY OF THE JEROMES WASN’T ENOUGH

  MyStarCollectorCar is based on the average guy in the car hobby—the kind of guy who puts gallons of blood, countless hours of sweat equity, and a big pile...

October 11, 2017 View more...
IMGP7176-001

THE GUILD GARAGE: WHEN A HALF HOUR CAR SHOW JUST SEEMS LIKE AN HOUR

  Restoration Garage always lived up to its non-car guy producers’ goal to produce a docu-drama.   The producers appeared to believe in the standard TV playbook wherein a...

August 3, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST1
SAINT ALBERT ROCK’N AUGUST—THE BIG SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 7-11

  Rock’n August is one of Western Canada’s biggest annual car shows.   The whole community gets behind this week-long event because this is a showcase for the best...

December 16, 2017
57-1
MICHENER ALLEN AUCTION OCTOBER 28, 2017: 1957 CHEVY 1500 STREET ROD

1957 Chevrolet Street Rod 1500      Make:   Chevrolet            Model:                 Street Rod 1500 Drivetrain:           RWD      Ext Color:             White Engine:                 4Spd Automatic TR700  ...

June 19, 2017
BACH2
MARCH 16-18 2018: 12TH ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW

12th ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION AND SPEED SHOW  TIME TO CONSIGN 1888 296 0528 EXT 102     OVER 200 CARS UP FOR AUCTION FRIDAY NIGHT-50 CARS...

April 21, 2017
116-001
FEBRUARY 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  FEB 4: ANCASTER, ON Nostalgia Show and Sale 10:00am-3:00 pm 630 Trinity Road (Fairgrounds) 519-426-8875   FEB 10: TORONTO, ON Toronto Triumph Club “Drive your Triumph” Day  ...

October 7, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive