The classic-auto community has always been a tight-knit group, and when it comes to parts, tips, or just lending a hand with a project, the first place you go to is your network of buddies. The bonds that we form while building cars and trucks together is lifelong, and this ’79 Chevy pickup is a prime example of how that bond can manifest itself.
The project was started by Stan Chapple of Sequim, Washington, but he was unable to finish it for health reasons. “I had the undercarriage done, the engine was built, and everything was chromed.” Stan continued, “I did all of that, and then my friends got to the point of doing the wiring. I’m getting old, and I have Cancer now.” Stan decided to sell the truck, and that’s when his friend, Gary Stewart, stepped in.
Gary bought the truck and wrapped up the build. He wired it, put it all back together, cleaned up the interior, and made a few changes of his own. Powering this truck is a 454 cubic-inch big-block Chevrolet engine, and behind that is an automatic transmission.
After finishing the truck, Gary took Stan for a ride through the local parade that took place right before the show where we saw the truck. Even though he wasn’t able to finish it himself, Stan was still able to get a ride. It’s that kind of friendship and sense of community that really make us love this hobby. It’s not just about nice paint, horsepower, and fat tires, it’s also about being there for one another.