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Work In Progress

Posted December 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Winterset
Bill McDonald is in the process of restoring this 1957 Chevy truck. He worked at Martin Brothers Skelly, now at the Historical Complex, after high school.

Bill McDonald is in the process of restoring this 1957 Chevy truck. He worked at Martin Brothers Skelly, now at the Historical Complex, after high school.

You never know what you will find in this garage. Bill McDonald is a buyer of scrap iron, owns his own construction company and has a beautiful 1957 Chevrolet pickup.

McDonald started working on the truck back in 2000. The sale of some scrap iron and winning prize money from several demo derbies during the years helped pay for paint, body materials, parts and many other items that went into this truck. One of the only things McDonald didn’t do was the upholstery, and he had that done by a good friend.

All the work was completed in his garage in the evenings and weekends. He had lots of help from friends and family on this great project. Some of his children even gave him parts for the truck on his birthday and Christmas. After a lot of grinding, sanding, primer paint and several adjustments, the body finally came together. But it took about three years before he finally found good front fenders for it.

“Parts for these old classics are hard to come by,” McDonald says.

Now it was starting to look like a truck. Long weeknights of fitting and more sanding followed. When McDonald finally got the truck the way he wanted it, he took it back apart and started the final stages of sanding and getting it ready for paint.

The power plant for the great vehicle is LT1 350 Chevrolet engine. Of course this is not the original engine, but with the custom exhaust it really sounds great going down the road.

When it all came together back in 2006, the truck was ready for the local show and shines. The pickup even made a trip out to Nebraska’s Pioneer Village with some other family members as a cruise. They got the thumbs up as they were heading down the highway.

“It’s not a show quality vehicle, but I am happy with the way it turned out,” McDonald says. “I will never trailer it to a car show. It’s a driver, and that’s what I’m going to do is drive it. It is a work in progress and will probably never be completed.”

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or darren@dmcityview.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of What’s In Your Garage?





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