The beautiful ’83 Chevy Stepside you see here was passed on to Steve Mashburn back in ’92 by Steve’s uncle Jimmy (who had bought it off the showroom floor in 1982). Uncle Jimmy let Steve have the pickup for a token $500. At the time it only had 43,000 original miles on it and it was in pristine condition – even the wheels you see are the originals. About four years ago Steve decided to give it a full restoration and just finished it in March of this year. The paint was laid on by Steve’s friend and neighbor, Rob Rodriguez, in his garage. Rob also sprayed six smooth coats of clear on the new wood that Steve had purchased and stained for the bed. The pickup sports a 2/4-inch drop (fore and aft respectively) and the interior was completely redone to match the Chevy’s beautiful new black paint. Steve shaved the Silverado badges from the front fenders, and shaved the driprails and the aluminum trim around the back of the cab for a cleaner look.
As much as he wanted to, Steve was unable to show the freshly restored pickup to his uncle before he passed away in October of last year. And though the truck came out even better than Steve had hoped, he was still greatly disappointed that he didn’t quite finish it up in time. But, in honor of his uncle, Steve had a custom plaque made that reads “In memory of Uncle Jimmy, 1940-2011” that’s visible whenever the hood is raised. Needless to say, to Steve, this truck is priceless – and we’re extremely happy that he took the time to send in these images and a bit of background on his bittersweet accomplishment. Great job Steve, we’re sure Uncle Jimmy is as proud of the Chevy as you rightly are.
If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, email at least six high-resolution photos and background info to the email address above, or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Jim Rizzo, 1733 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92606.