There was a time I actually found myself debt free in my life which was, and still is rare. So, I had to go and ruin that freedom. In the fall of 1987, I bought a brand new 1988 Chevrolet 1500 pick up from the former “Stewart Chev-Olds” in Bolton. though that dealership no longer exists, my 1988 pick up still does. My truck and I have been through 25 years, 4 pets, 2 wives, 2 houses, 5 jobs, 2 kids and many wash and waxes together and still has original paint and only 65,000km. This truck is a special paint schemed edition commemorating the 1987 NASCAR Cup championship of RCR racing and the Late Dale Earnhardt. The black and silver was synonymous with stock car racer Dale Earnhardt and GM used this “Goodwrench” scheme on some of their products.
I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid winters with this vehicle and that was the biggest factor in saving it’s life as our Canadian winters can be unforgiving. The driveline is completely original and untouched as is the interior. I have replaced the tires 3 times for age, brakes once, and put a stainless exhaust system on it from the original only 3 years ago! Now that it’s reaching it’s 25th anniversary, I have enjoyed taking this “new” classic to various meets and shows in my area and the biggest problem is that some people think the truck is new and not 25years old! My kids love to go for rides in the truck when I get it out of storage in the summer and of course it’s straight to the ice cream shop we go!
If you have a good dry place to keep your toy to avoid our winters and properly prepare it for storage, your special vehicle can be kept a lifetime. Eventually the value may be more than the original purchase price as we see these days at all the various collector sales throughout North America. I challenged myself to see if I could still own and drive this truck for 25years and still have it look like new. Though it’s not a daily driver anymore, I am happy to have made it!
Written by Perry Mason