First things first: We'll have a little movement soon, with the '91 S10 coming here to the house so I can get the chassis cleaned up and ready for a trip down the road to Custom Conversions in New Milford (CT) to have the '49 body attached. The S10 is a running, driving truck in great shape, and in one shot will give us all the modern era features we'll need to make the truck cross-country capable. When we're done, John's Old Truck will have a 4.3 liter V6 engine, 5 speed manual transmission, power steering, power brakes, heat, AC and a solid modern suspension. Not only will she be ready to run coast to coast, but I'll also be able to go farther from home on a regular basis for regional events. And she'll be a total blast to drive.
I realize there are some fans of these old Chevy trucks who don't agree with the idea of the S10 chassis swap, and to be honest I struggled with it myself at first, but when this S10 practically fell into my lap I knew the swap was the way to go. The parts alone for an upgrade of the existing chassis would run into the thousands of dollars, many multiples of what I paid for the entire S10. And like the header of this blog says, Johnny is a total amateur. Not in a million years could I simply buy all these parts and install them myself.
And speaking of needing help...
As a regular working schmoe, I would never be able to make this project and the road trip happen on my own financially, which is why I've come up with a few different ways people can help.
There are several locations where the full short story is available for purchase:
BARNES & NOBLE
As well as a GoFundMe page featuring the full story with all the photos, where readers can donate any amount. The story would be about 40 paperback pages if printed, so it's a quick read.
Check out the GoFundMe page here.
And a new store featuring various images of the truck on shirts, with multiple styles and colors available, as well as mugs, stickers and notebooks. Non-truck images also available.
Visit the new store and of course feel free to share the link.
I would be honored and truly grateful for any help you would like to provide. Please also check out the video and photo links in the sidebar here, where you'll also find a link to email me directly with any questions. Please feel free to reach out anytime.
Finally, just to clear up any possible confusion with my name: Schneider is my actual last name. "John Perry" is the name I have used on the air since I started in radio in 1984, when "John Schneider" was already famous, thanks to the guy with that name who played Bo Duke on Dukes of Hazzard. I use "Perry" mostly online, because that's the name that anyone who has ever known me through radio is familiar with...
Thanks as always for stopping by! See y'all down the road!