Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The shop truck.
For those of us obsessed with our mechanical endeavors, next to a work space, a shop truck or parts hauler is an absolute necessity. It starts off as simple function, but over time, for many of us, we develop a desire for something that can take advantage of our DIY impulses and our partiality for the vintage aesthetic. I've always been inspired by old photos of shop trucks and push trucks. There utilitarianism seemed to give them soul. They were working class. They had purpose. At the same time they still posessed the stylish lines of old Detroit. So after a little exposure to a friends c10, and a mounting repair list on my 94 silverado, I decided it was time for me to join the ranks and trade out my old/new truck for a new/old truck. I do have a small attachment to the old cow but she was on her mechanical last leg and spending money on a 94 just felt like a waste. Spending money on a pre 70's truck....now that seems like a good idea.
Now this can be a problem. I'm not alone in my inspiration. Folks being smitten by the shop truck is all too common. A rash of corny nose-art-esc, fake speed shop door logos, are popping up on spotless yellow f1s, at gold chainer cruise ins all over America. At the same time, other people are grinding off decent paint in favor of fake rust and obvious unnatural patina, humiliating the truck by telling the world it's working history is a lie. Any inclination to follow either one of these paths needs to be avoided. I want a real work truck. Something I'm not scared to use and at the same time conforms a little more to my idea of style.
So I found a 66 c10 shortbed at a good price. Some minor mechanical tinkering, some wide whites and a lower stance and the truck feels right. Now the truck is dependable, practical and presentable. Overtime this truck will probably get nicer. If I see something I think it needs at the right price I'll buy it, but at the end of the day It's a work truck. Function first, style it was born with, and soul that will come with every day use.