Don Sealy's 1933 Chevrolet
"As far as I can tell, my parents got the pickup in 1959 or 1960," Robert Sealy told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020, adding that it may have been a little later than that, "but definitely, before 1962 when I was born. I know that for sure, as my mother says she used to drive the truck to the laundromat to wash my diapers."
The story Robert was told was that a young man stayed with his parents for a period of time. "He did not have any money to pay them, so he gave them the pickup. Different people recall different names for the young man, and I have not been able to verify who gave them the truck yet. There is a title search request filed with the Oregon DMV, but I have not heard anything at this point. The truck has not been titled since 1967, so that may hinder the search."
1957 Chevrolet drivetrain
In 1963 Don's 1957 Chevrolet 210 was wrecked. "Supposedly my mother was driving home from work, and a drunk driver hit her," Robert told Kustomrama. "Dad pulled the drivetrain from it before scrapping it, and that is where the story takes an interesting, and sad, turn." In 1964 Don decided to pull the drivetrain out of the pickup and replace it with the drivetrain from the '57. By February of 1965 Don had installed the rear end from the '57 under the pickup.
Abandoned and resurected
"Unfortunately, that is as far as Dad got with the truck, and it has been sitting since then." In 2020 Robert decided that it was time to finish what his dad started, "as it was recently the 15 year anniversary of his death. The plan is to build it just the way Dad would have in 1964/1965."
There are several unique things to the truck that Robert hopes to be able to recreate. "There is pinstriping on the tailgate, along with "The Hauler" painted on the driver's side of the cab. On the tailgate, it also says "59...Hollywood". There is a signature/logo of the pinstriper." The black paint has faded, and it is peeling in spots. "There is green paint showing through, so the black was sprayed over the green when the truck was modified. On the driver's door, there are initials, which would show that the pickup was used for a business at one time." Robert will be gently wet sanding down the door to see if he can reveal more of the logo.
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In November of 2020, plans for the pickup included red wheels with 10 1/8 inch Baby Moons or 1952 Chevrolet hubcaps. "The tires will be narrow whitewalls, as Dad really liked that look. I will be repainting it a semi-gloss black. Not suede or flat black. The idea is to make it look like it does in the early picture."
Where did it come from? Do you recognize it?
Robert is currently researching the history of the Hauler. It has Oregon license plates dated 1956, so he assumes that is when it came to Oregon. It was originally green, and the pinstriping on the tailgate is signed "59...Hollywood." Please get in touch with Kustomrama at email@example.com if you recognize Robert's survivor truck and can fill us in on its history.
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