"Here's a bit of
info on the truck. My dad [Jim] ordered the '64 new, and had it delivered
on his birthday in 1964. Within a few months it was on its first long road
trip--to Alaska. The next year he used it for his honeymoon trip to Yellowstone.
"The truck spent its time in various states of repair during my childhood, and I have many memories of camping/hunting in the mountains of Arizona with the old camper shell over the bed of the pickup. All of the kids in the family learned to drive behind the wheel of that truck, and I drove it everywhere during my high school years. My future wife even learned to drive the pickup.
"We all contributed to the many 'character marks' on the truck. It was backed into by a 1963 chevy suburban (my mom was behind the wheel of the suburban), hit in the side by a herd of deer (the truck won that match-up), and hit by a runaway car while sitting in a parking garage. I did my job destroying the bed of the pickup with my lawnmower during my many lawn jobs in high school. HRCS was kind enough to point out the many dents made by my lawnmower sliding around the bed of the truck. I figure I have paid more for those bed dents than I ever made mowing lawns.
"Finally, the day before my wedding in 1994, the brakes went out on the truck while my little brother was approaching an intersection. He didn't hit any other cars, but he did manage to run it into the wall of a preschool (no kids were harmed during the destruction of the truck). The '64 was towed to the carport at the house where it sat for the next 12 years until it was picked up by your shop. It was only partially repaired during that time.
"That's all I've got for now. My mom is gathering some old pictures of the truck, and they should be to you shortly. Obviously we have a lot of history with the pickup, and we can't wait to start the next chapter in its life." ~ Nathan Carden.