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Featured Member of the Week: Gary & Deb Gorman

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

I work at home in a small backyard weld shop. I mostly work on local farm equipment, etc. I also do metal sculpture both large & small. My 42 Chevy truck moved my family & all our belonging’s to Florida from Chicago in 1986. It has been a daily driver thru all weather since the early 80’s. I perform most modifications while it remains in use. I was tagged with Stormin Gorman by Chris Karramassines JR, son of top fuel driver The Golden Greek. I married my grammar school crush in 1979. We have 2 boy’s who grew up riding in back of the truck in Subaru brat seat’s on a large wooden flat bed. They rode thru the worst of weather back there; they are tough kids, adults now.

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

I learned of Cool Rides Online from a share to my wife’s Facebook page from Gasket Goons Car Club.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

I currently own the 1942 WAR HORSE truck & a 1993 Buick Roadmaster wagon which tows the truck when put in full race dress for NHRA E.T. racing.

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

This is a special truck that was manufactured in 1942 during the war effort. These trucks had helper springs outside the frame mount with an open frame & no bed. The running boards ended at the back of the cab & were called War Carriers. The G.I.s nicknamed them War Wagons & War Horses, which is the name I now use. I have put several hundred thousand miles on this truck in past 30 years. I believe one million miles by me alone is a possibility. It still rides on the original frame, which was badly rusted & patched in, and still has the original steering & front brakes. I have never shown my truck any mercy; it worked hard, raced hard, & was driven hard over long distances.

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

What’s next for your Cool Ride?  Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

The truck will be driven from Florida to Pennsylvania for Gasket Goons Bonfire Bash Sep. 15th . It makes most weekend shows here in Florida. I live in a rural area & usually travel 3-4 hours 1 way to most shows. I am content with the present status of the truck as is, & have no plans of changes at this time.

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

The most difficult modification for me would be the top chop. This was my first & only time I have done this & I wanted to keep the back window full size for the racing purpose of looking back, a necessity of E.T. racing. The truck can run a high 6 sec. 1/8 mile & low 11 sec. 1/4 mile, but is often spotted out by faster cars.

 1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

Thirty years has created a lot of memories. Some standouts would be winning a Super Chevy drag race in D.O.T. class street tire racing at Gainesville dragstrip in the early 90s. What made it special was the number of cars competing in that class; it was so large we raced into the next morning. Many extremely fast street tire cars had been shipped from Sweden for the event. I had matched up with several 8 & 9 sec. cars & taken them out, & drove home with the truck & the cash. A cover & center fold in Renagade Magazine is another memory, along with a feature shoot for a new show Hot Rods Customs & Classics with George Denson. These are just a few stand out memories that come to mind.

 1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

The question of favorite dream car & money no option is simple. It would be the aluminum bodied Cheetah with 427 Chevy & 4 speed. I would beat it unmercifully. That would be a YAHOO & a half for this Yahoo.

 1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

Tips on taking care of my collector car in & out of storage? You are probably asking the wrong person here on that one of my trucks sits in the open air, and drives on dirt or mud roads in & out of rain. My best tip would be don’t let it sit & keep it moving.

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

All I can add is don’t let lack of finances be a hold back. Determination & designing with what you can get your hands on will get you rolling. It does not have to be a money thing, just keep picking away at it. (STORMIN) Let it RIP!

1942 Chevy 496 Big Block Truck

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