Buck Brown enjoys keeping the distinctive 1940s truck style alive.
“It’s something you won’t see every day,” he says. “There’s not very many people who can say they got one.”
Brown bought a 1941 Chevy about two years ago. He and a friend sanded for months — there was a lot more rust than he thought. He had a B-52 airplane custom painted on the visor and some pin striping and airbrushing done on the inside. He painted the exterior a candy-apple red with mother of pearl, and the Centerville High School metals class helped with the roof.
A little less than a year ago, Brown bought his other truck, a 1946, which was already painted a bright blue. The red truck has a 454 engine punched out to a 468, positraction rear end and automatic transmission. The blue one has a 350 Chevy engine sitting on a 1977 Chevy Blazer frame.
He says he did a lot of work to make the blue one ready to drive.
“They’re both pretty roadworthy now,” he says. “I wouldn’t be afraid to take either one of them anywhere.”
Brown drives his trucks often, and, in fact, uses the blue one as a vehicle to drive in the snow.
“The blue truck is four-wheel drive, and if you live in Numa you better have four-wheel drive,” he says.
Brown says he sees no reason to keep the trucks out of sight in a garage all the time.
“You put in a lot of time taking care of these trucks; it is not something you build and just let set,” he says. “You’ve got to drive them, and it’s a pleasure for somebody to look at them.”
The trucks get quite a bit of attention when he is driving “simply because you don’t see these trucks on the roads anymore, like any old car.”
Brown says he is in the market for a 1930s or 1940s coupe. Either one of the trucks is potentially for sale, but he says if he got a car like that he would keep it.
At the same time, owning and working on the old trucks is pretty addicting.
“I imagine if I sold them, I’d probably build me another one or find me another,” he says. “Probably my wife wouldn’t like it, but I’d probably buy an old truck again before I would a new one.”
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