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Black sheep of the auto family

Posted November 06, 2013 in Community Featured, Urbandale

At 16, Hunter Ballard of Urbandale is a third generation “car guy.” Ballard attends Urbandale High School and lives at home with his parents.

His love of automobiles began with radio remote-controlled cars, which he often ran up and down the street they live on.

 Hunter Ballard and his 1991 GMC Cyclone.

Hunter Ballard and his 1991 GMC Cyclone.

Ballard’s love for all things automotive moved to bigger and better things as he got older, including a rare 1991 GMC all-wheel drive Cyclone. Only 2,995 were produced in its one year of availability.

The vehicle comes with a turbo-charged 4.3 liter V-6 and a Corvette-style automatic transimission (a quick and positive shift), bucket seats, factory tachometer, driving lamps in the bumper and toneau cover as well as aluminum alloy wheels.

Ballard says when he and his dad found it, the owner, who bought it new and had owned it for more than 20 years, cried as they pulled out of the driveway.

Upon arriving home with the Cyclone, the father/son team began working on the vehicle, buffing the black paint back to look almost new, making sure the mechanics of the truck were in working condition and waxing it.

The interior was in excellent condition, Ballard says, and is trimmed in red to match the outside Cyclone badges.

Ballard doesn’t have his driver’s license just yet but has gained some “wheel time” thanks to a learner’s permit.

His father and grandfather are both diehard fans of Ford automobiles, so having a GMC in the garage his been a bit of shock to their system.

“He (his father) says he can’t stand to look at it,” Ballard jokes.

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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