My Favorite Ride: 1950 half-ton pickup is a family jewel

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comJune 30, 2013 

The car: 1950 Chevrolet half-ton pickup

The owner: David Pacheco, Merced

1. What are the key features of your vehicle? The pickup was purchased in 1950 by my grandmother at John Roth Chevrolet for the farm. Everything is still original on the pickup except for seat covers, and the tires started to crack last year and were replaced. It has 74,000 miles on the odometer.

2. What did you have to do to get it in its present state? Repair the brakes, new shocks and a lot of car polish on the original paint.

3. What else do you want to do to it? I may want to paint it in a few years.

4. How did you acquire your vehicle? My grandmother, Emily Cotta, left it to my mother, and she left it to me.

5. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it? Everything's original on it; that's why I keep it that way.

6. What started your love affair with cars? I grew up with the pickup on my grandmother's ranch in the McSwain area.

7. What advice would you give others about starting such a project? You better have a lot of time on your hands; it takes time to keep it up. There's always something to check to make sure it's in working order.

8. Do you have any other collector vehicles? No.

9. What's your favorite memory about this ride? The pickup has a cattle trailer that matches it. I remember my uncle taking me to the auction with him and how cool it was because they were the same color.

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