It was in September of ’83, when 16-year-old Jim Silva, his father, brother George, and longtime friend Jerry Glover piled into his dad’s ’53 Chevy truck and headed to Stockton, California, in search of a truck for young Jim. The intrepid bunch spent most of the day looking for a viable candidate, but just as things were looking bleak, the senior Silva had one more lead he wanted to follow.
“We had spent most of the day driving around and looking, but we hadn’t found anything that suited us. I thought we were done, until dad said, ‘there is one more’.” Jim said. Armed with only an address, the four guys and a their ’53 Chevy conveyance were enroute.
Upon arrival at an unassuming small house, Jim’s father knocked on the door. That’s when a lady answered, words were exchanged, and then she walked over and opened the garage door. Jim couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Sitting inside was a white, first-series, 1955 Chevy pickup. The truck was only a roller with just a shell of a body; no powertrain, glass, or any electrical.
That was 34-years ago, and since then, the pickup has seen more than its fair share of alterations throughout those years. Now, however, Jim tells us that his little hauler features a boxed, stock frame with a 12-bolt rear filled 3:73 gears, a posi, and Strange axles. The suspension features VariShock coilovers and Chassisworks’ control arms and g-machine spindles. Halting the pick-em-up is a set of Wilwood disc brakes all around.
Inside the pickup, the stock seat is covered with gorgeous, Denali Black Naugahyde, and the floors are hidden under black loop-pile carpeting. Although the gauges are stock, Jim added a custom console to house the TCI shifter.
The stock sheetmetal was massaged by Guy Ruchonnet before it was covered in a blue hue by Jorge Flores.
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