As the owner and collector at Resting S Rides, people get a false impression that I somehow hold a position of power. Which I don’t. Oftentimes, I think instead that I hold a position of stupidity. So as a result of the misconceptions of my position, people who work with me and my friends are sometimes reluctant to say much.
Once, I was told by my buddy Jerry Hillis that with a car like ssSylvia, our project princess, that I was going to need to have a nice pick up truck to pull the trailer she rode in to shows.
We were looking at our red truck that I had had for a numbers of years to pull her until I began to learn that she had some serious problems dealing with the engine, interior, etc. and did not measure up to pull the carriage of a queen like ssSylvia.
Without any further communication or input with my crew (because often they scatter when I go out into the shop) I set out to find a unique truck for our show circuit. After much study, I found Blackbird, a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado that had been customized and built for power runs.
He was not only converted into a dually and painted with a lipid black paint, but also was given a 383 Stroker engine, special audio equipment and other handsome additions as evidenced by his photos. Proudly, I returned to the shop and presented the truck upon its arrival. That is, until I was informed by my heathens in the garage that Blackbird would not work for our purposes due to the transmission not having overdrive.
Not to be deterred, I found out after discussion that about $1200 would solve that problem. However, when I investigated further, I found out that Larry favored the red truck we had originally planned on using. Since Larry is the driver, it made sense to go with his preference.
Since then, Blackbird has been used for different errands around the shop while the red truck was given a new engine and interior and it now ready for its future duties.
Blackbird left us at the end of 2016. He’s in good hands and we were sad to see him go.