veteran projects

1953 3100 1/2 ton Chevrolet Pickup Projects - Fund-raising goal $25,000


I was the proud owner of this 1953 3100 1/2 ton Chevy pickup before donating it to Love Your Vets a veterans helping veterans non-profit organization.

This pickup was originally purchased in 1953 by the Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia, California and was used as their plumbing maintenance truck. When the Pacific Lumber Company replace it with a new model it was bought by Fred Depucci a Pacific Lumber Company employee and he drove it until 1968 when he sold it to Floyd Wescott of Rio Dell, California.


I am told that Floyd didn’t have the time to work on the truck but wanted to have it cleaned up. He contacted the auto shop class at Fortuna High School sometime in the 1980’s and the auto shop took on the truck as a class project. In the picture above you see the results of their labor and learning experience.

I bought the truck in 2012 from Floyd’s wife after his death. In 2016 the Love Your Vets non-profit organization began the rebuild.


As a 100% disabled U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran myself and with other supportive Veterans, we have been thinking for the past three years how we could help our sister and brother Veterans. So, we formed the California Non-Profit Organization Love Your Vets #3716589. For the past two years we have been enlisting Veteran members and support from the veteran community. This is our first project.



Veterans are committing suicide at a rate of 22 per day and Love Your Vets wants to lend a hand in preventing such tragedies. Through our projects we will engage many troubled Veterans and help them deal with their PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) by working with volunteer Veterans. Many of our volunteer Veterans suffer from PTSD and can pass on their experience managing the condition day to day.


So, because many of the Love Your Vets volunteer Veterans are car people and have a great deal of experience in automotive care and restoration we have started with the Chevrolet Pickup rebuild projects. These projects let our volunteer Veterans use their experience to engage PTSD Veterans by restoring these two donated 1953 Chevrolet Pickups.



Our first restoration is the 1953 3100 1/2 ton Chevy pickup. This rebuild is hands on and frame up. This means the Veterans will be completely disassembling the trucks then rebuilding them from the frame up.



As you can see from the photos we have made some progress with the 1953 3100 1/2 ton Chevy pickup.

In Photo 1, we have removed the front end and engine. As a side note we sold the 216 engine to Veteran volunteer Cliff Evans. He needed it for his brother’s 1952 Chevrolet Sedan. In Photo 2 is Veteran volunteer Bob Scarbrough removing the truck cab. In Photo 3, we have removed the front and rear suspension, plus cleaned most the grease from the frame. In Photo 4, Bob Scarbrough dry fitting the engineered rear suspension from Speedway Motors.


In Photo 5, is our progress to date. The frame and components have been powder coated by Pacific Powder, Inc. in Arcata, California and we have installed the front and rear suspension. You will notice the third member rear end is painted Chevrolet Engine Orange and was donated by George Scott, a master car builder from Fortuna. Soon the chassis will be rolling thanks to a generous donation of wheels and tires from Les Schwab of Fortuna and Bart the manager.



When completed, these vintage pickups will help promote Love Your Vets at car shows. The 3600 3/4 ton pickup will be the towing vehicle, towing a car hauler with the 3100 1/2 ton pickup show truck on top. If the 1/2 ton pickup goes as planned it will be on display at the 2017 Gold Rush Car Show.



Help our Veterans by going to Facebook and liking the page or receive your gift t-shirt by visiting our website and donating. Even though I have the title of executive director Love Your Vets has no paid staff. Funds raised will be used to purchase parts and materials. Our volunteer Veterans and project Veterans donate the labor.


1953 3600 3/4 ton Chevrolet Pickup Projects - Fund-raising goal $25,000

The second restoration will be a 1953 3600 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup which will begin in couple of years.