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For Christmas '05, Marie Lippman's husband, Geoff, wanted to take her out to dinner, only it was still kind of early. He took her to a restaurant on the intercoastal waterway for dinner, and when they got there he told her to let the valet take the car. She thought he was nuts because there were plenty of parking spaces, but she did it anyway. After dinner they came out to get the car-but instead of bringing her car, they brought a '57 Chevy truck! She thought it was for someone else, but once she cleared the tears from her eyes, she realized it was hers. The Chevy was a 10th anniversary gift from Geoff.
Without Maria knowing, Geoff bought the longbed Chevy from Brandon Classics in October '05. The truck was well restored with a nice yellow paint job, beautiful chrome including the bumpers, grille, mirrors, etc. Its 350 Chevy engine ran like a top with a Holley carburetor, a mild cam and headers, and a 700-R4 transmission. It was already equipped with Vintage Air. Geoff replaced the frontend with a Heidt's Mustang II complete with rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. He also added a tilt steering column and replaced the stock rearend with a narrow 10-bolt using a four-link. The wood was redone and clearcoated with gold flakes that really shine under the sun. Geoff had Split Image Automotive do the flames and the mural on the tailgate, and afterward they recleared the entire truck, all the while keeping it hidden from Maria. Maria named her Chevy Wilma after the hurricane, because Geoff does disaster recovery in Florida, and if it wasn't for all the debris left behind by that pesky hurricane, he wouldn't have been able to afford the truck.