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July 4, 2014

Mercedian bought 1974 Chevrolet truck from Fresno dealership

Pickup has new paint, upholstery and drivetrain

T h e car: 1974 Chevrolet Stepside pickup truck

The owner: Jim Silveira, Merced

What are the key features of your vehicle?

Silveira: Bar grille, modern wheels and tires, lowered stance.

What did you have to do to get it in its present state?

Silveira: It’s been repainted, reupholstered, and the engine and transmission have been replaced.

What else do you want to do to it?

Silveira: Have a new tonneau cover made. It will be the fourth one.

How did you acquire your vehicle?

Silveira: I bought it new on Dec. 7, 1973, from Frontier Chevrolet in Fresno.

Why did you pick that particular vehicle, and what do you find appealing about it?

Silveira: I knew a truck would be a must-have, and I like the looks of Stepside trucks.

What started your love affair with cars?

Silveira: I customized my first bicycle at age 12, made a Stingray out of a 20-inch bike. I painted it, put butterfly handlebars and a banana seat on it.

What advice would you give others about starting such a project?

Silveira: Start with something in good shape and take good care of it.

Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars?

Silveira: A 1969 Corvette Stingray coupe.

What’s your favorite memory of this ride?

Silveira: Driving it home from Frontier Chevrolet in Fresno and surprising my girlfriend, now my wife, with the truck.

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