Our first Member Spotlight is Vic Davis. Vic is one of the founding members of the car club. Today, we are showcasing his 1936 Chevrolet Pickup. Here is a write-up that Vic gave about his truck:
“Sometime in 1968, my late brother, Larry, and I were discussing future car projects that we would like to do, and I commented that I would like to restore an old pickup. We were raised several miles out in the country and saw very few vehicles, but we were car nuts from an early age.”
“Larry, on a visit to relatives in North Carolina, heard of a 1936 Chevrolet Pickup. To make a long story short, I purchased the truck in 1969. The truck was all stock except for a 1953 six-cylinder motor. On a very cold day in early January 1969, I drove the truck to Ellijay with no heater, tag, muffler, or lights (250 miles). My wife, Sally, pronounced it hers as soon as I arrived home.”
“We drove the truck occasionally until 1985. We decided to update it mechanically. I used parts from several cars to update it: 350 motor and transmission from early 1970’s Chevrolet, air conditioning from a GMC truck, power steering from a Vega, tilt steering column from a Buick, Oldsmobile steering wheel, Volkswagen electric wipers, and a Chevy Nova rear end with 2.56 ratio.”
“The truck has the original front axle and leaf springs all around. The wheels are optional 15-inch artillery; all brackets are hand-made. Very few items are off-shelf; I can think of Walker radiator, VDO gauges, and a heater. The paint colors are 1983 Bronco, “Desert Tan” and “Desert Beige.”
“As of this writing the truck has 28,000 miles since 1990 when it was finally finished. I worked on it for five years in my spare time. I lost my wife to cancer in 2015, but she got to drive the truck in some parades, several cruise-ins, and it has won a few awards. We are Charter Members of Apple Country Auto Club, a fine group of people, however, due to health issues, I have not been as active the past few years.”
“I owe a heart-felt thanks to the members of Apple Country Auto Club; my late brother, Larry, and late friends “Pop” Goble and Clarence Farist.”
We would like to thank Vic for his many years of service and the passion that he brings to the car club. Included are a few pictures of his 1936 Chevrolet Pickup.