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Recently Sherri Young shared some images of her father's pride and joy (aside from her, of course)-this nicely restored '55 Chevy pickup. Sherri's intention was to surprise her dad with a bit of exposure in CLASSIC TRUCKS just to let him know how proud she was of him and his efforts. Along with the images she jotted down the bit of background info she could get out of him without letting the cat out of the bag. She says "My dad (Wilburn Riddell) was raised very poor in the hills of Arkansas and this truck would've been his dream truck 'back in the day;' he would've only imagined of such. Over the years he lifted himself and his family out of poverty with hard work and perseverance and now has the truck he wanted so many years ago.
"Apparently he originally found the Chevy in a field behind an old farmhouse in Aurora, Missouri. He got a hold of the owner and made the farmer an offer for it. The farmer said, 'Well, if you wanna clean the trash out of it, I'll go ahead and sell it to ya.' The truck had stopped running and the farmer had basically been using it as a trash can for the previous 10 years. When he finally got it cleaned out the bed of the truck was completely rotted out, and there was even a tree growing up through the bed. When my dad told me this I had to confirm the story with my husband, who helped him clean it out and move it via a trailer-not that I think my dad is a fibber ... but ya know men and their fishing stories. My dad said it was really hard to find a bed for the truck since it was a longbed farm truck, but he found a longbed on a homemade trailer with good fenders and sides-and he built the floor himself with beautiful cherry wood. He got most of his restoration parts from LMC Truck, and he says that it's mostly original except for the metallic green paint."
Well Sherri, I have to agree. Your father has done a great job restoring that old farm truck-and he should be rightfully proud of his accomplishment. He should be (and I'm sure he is) extremely proud of a loving daughter who seems to us to be a chip off the ol' block as well.