To complete the old Chevy’s modernization, the last thing Reames did was add Bluetooth stereo in the cabin.
“I have Pandora on my cell phone so I can select the Chuck Berry channel and it plays out the sound system on my truck,” he said. “If you’re out on cruise night and need the period-correct music you dial up Pandora.”
It’s a far cry from tuning in AM radio stations fading in and out on a 1953 night drive.
“I work at a desk job selling stocks and bonds,” Reames said. “You don’t really get the feeling of using your hands and taking something that wasn’t and making something that is. It gave me a lot of satisfaction going down to that class and hammering on fenders.”
Reames probably could have purchased an already refurbished 1953 Chevy for less than what he has invested in his truck.
“But I’d have a hard time placing a value on the enjoyment and knowledge I gained in the restoration process,” he said.
Have you seen a cool vehicle around town? Writer Doug Hill’s always on the lookout for future Dig My Ride columns. Email him at Hillreviews@hotmail.com.