There are plenty of nasty headlines in the news these days, but this one should be a bit more uplifting. This story comes to us from Surprise, Arizona, and tells the tale of a young enthusiast and his father who, through a shared passion for classic trucks, lovingly fix up a 1967 Chevy C10 pickup.
After earning a little money mowing lawns and doing other various jobs, 11-year-old Venicio Caballero approached his father, Hugo, about buying a classic truck as a new project vehicle. Hugo, a locally stationed U.S. Air Force Airman, knew all about his son’s passion for classic cars and trucks, and delved deep into the online classifieds to find the perfect starter project.
After looking high and low, Hugo and his son found just what they were looking for – a 1967 Chevy C10 short bed fleetside pickup located in Clearlake Oaks, California. Although the Chevy C10 is a popular model for restoration these days, this particular example looked more than a little rough when Hugo first found it, with attention needed inside the cabin, along the body, and under the hood – making it the perfect starter for the father and son team.
With the truck now in hand, Hugo and Venicio headed over to their local Sun Devil Auto shop, which helped them source the right engine cooling and suspension parts for their project, as well as provided installation of the parts and service at no cost.
“We quickly noticed the passion that Venicio had and understood how important this father-son project was going to be, so helping them in every possible way was an easy decision for us,” said local Sun Devil store manager, Mike Arana. “It’s essential that we support young enthusiasts who share our passion for restoring vehicles to their original beauty.”
“As a father, it made me so happy to see my boy so excited and engaged,” Hugo said. “Not only did the folks at Sun Devil Auto spend days with us to get the C10 in improved working order, they helped Venicio gain valuable knowledge and experience. Special thanks to our mechanic, Edgar Mendez, who took the time to explain everything he had repaired and installed. We are so grateful because they genuinely care about customers, which is not easy to find these days.”
Venicio and his father next plan on taking their Chevy C10 to the Oasis Classic Car Show in Westgate, set to take place on October 24th. But while the freshly fixed-up Chevy C10 truck is great, the real prize is the experience shared between a father and his son.
“It’s really cool that my friends are going to do this,” Venicio said. “The best part has been the time my dad and I have spent learning about working on trucks.”