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Featured Member of the Week – oliverwg

LO1editFor the week of June 29, 2015

My name is Gary Oliver and my Cool Ride is an ’85 GMC pickup that is pretty much done. Currently, I’m building a ’64 International Harvester pickup and my daily driver is a ’06 Mazda Miata. I first learned about Cool Rides Online from coupons and brochures on the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour.

I was raised around welders, machinists, and auto mechanics and learned a lot at a young age. After high school I spent 20 years in the US Navy working on aircraft. Since I retired from the Navy in 1997 I’ve worked as a maintenance mechanic. I built my 1985 pickup GMC after I inherited from my Dad in 2002. My wife and I did part of the 2011 Power Tour and my son and I did the “Long Haul” in 2013 and 2015.

My GMC is my favorite since my Dad bought it new and my son gets it next. It’s got a 383 stroker with Vortec heads and a 700R4 transmission. It’s tastefully lowered. The interior was “freshened up” in 2006 and it was repainted in 2010. Body mods include smoothed tailgate, filled stake pockets and a cowl induction hood. Next, my wife and I are trying to squeeze in “Cruising the Coast” in Mississippi this Fall.

The most difficult modification that I’ve done is anything involving body work. I’d rather change a motor than try to fix a dent any day! My favorite memories with my Cool Ride are the 2013 and 2015 Hot Rod Power Tours with my son. However, if money was not an issue, I’d love to own a Chevy Nomad with LS power or maybe a Ford Ranch Wagon with a Coyote engine.

My tips for taking care of a collector car are simple. Before storage I fill the tank, add STA-BIL and run the engine long enough to make sure it gets to the carburetor. I give it a good wash-and-wax, and before the cover goes on I put Fresh Cab in the cab and under the hood to keep the vermin away.

I just like to tinker and have fun with my vehicles, and I enjoy meeting and talking with other “car guys”!



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