USA Truck History. 1998-2007
Little is known about the truck before 1998 but in that year it was owned by Terry Cauldwell in Greenville
South Carolina. The only information he had was the fact that the engine and transmission had been
changed to a 1972 Chevrolet Gen 1 small block V8 with turbo 350 transmission about 15 years earlier.
Terry bought the truck and did some restoration work in that year. Significant funds were spent on many
new and reconditioned parts but the workmanship of the people he employed was not very high.
It was in 1998 when the front suspension was upgraded to the Mustang 2 IFS, the rear suspension
comprises of a 1992 Chevy Caprice axle and original truck leaf springs, the interior was re-upholstered
and the whole truck was painted. In June 2007 it was purchased by the current owner, David Craig, who
saw it on e-bay, flew to South Carolina and shipped it to the UK. It was transported to Baltimore
docks and then shipped to Liverpool and driven home. It was registered in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Since then many new parts and much work has been done.
The Truck's home in the USA.
Garage apartments - better than a
shed at the bottom of the garden?
There are garage apartments all over the USA. Typically it takes 4 full sized cars. There is room to store two
twenty foot long cars end to end and also two cars wide through the automatic doors. There is a sitting area,
storage area, kitchen and bathroom all on the ground floor and a basement underneath. The one in the picture
had the 52 Chevy truck inside and one other classic car. These apartments may be on the same piece of land
where the main house and double garage is and then provide overflow accommodation for vehicles and
guests. Or, they may be just for a person who wants to live with his or her cars. In the picture you can see the
truck parked outside the day before shipping it.
All of the pictures above were taken before the truck left the USA in June 07.
Plans for the cab upgrades.
The original cab seats were re-upholstered when the truck was restored in 1998 and they are still in perfect
condition. (between 1998 and 2007 the truck had only done about 1000 miles) but these bench seats (like many
old vehicles) are not very comfortable. In the driving position you tend to slide towards the door. Modern
10-way powered front seats (like the ones in my 2005 MC Yukon Denial) will eventually be fitted. A modern radio is
fitted in the dash, and someone has cut the metal to fit it in! This will be taken out and the metal made good in
such a way that it will look like the panel has never been tampered with. Hot Rod type gauges have been fitted.
These will be taken out and original gauges will be re-fitted. The original gauges look great and suit the truck.
They are expensive but very worthwhile. The steering wheel will also be changed.
Some cab upgrades can be seen at - Cab upgrades in 2008
Structural cab upgrades and new seats can be seen at - Cab upgrades in 2009
The final work done in the cab was done in 2016 - Cab upgrades in 2016
The picture below shows the cab before any changes were made in 2007.
2020 update -
work has continued from 2007 right through to 2020. The truck being on the road through
the summer with work going on through the winter. All of the work is detailed on this site in chronological
order. There is a small amount of work still planned for 2020 and the rear brakes will be upgraded in 2021.
The current truck has been modernised without affecting its original features.
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