Blackbird: The Story Behind the Chevy Silverado

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.

A New Addition: The Thrasher Collection

As told by owner and collector Michael E. Stephens
Written by Kaitlin Candelaria

In developing my collection, I was careful to add those automobiles which appeal to me – those that appeal to populations of the past.

Recently, I was alerted to the car collection of Gene Thrasher, a local CEO I had worked with during my career in the healthcare industry. People spoke of the uniqueness of his cars and how well they were cared for.

I was invited to see Gene’s cars. He was looking to get rid of his collection for two reasons — firstly, his wife does not share an interest in vintage and antique cars. Secondly, Gene felt that at the age he is getting, it was appropriate to let the collection go. I was hesitant to go view them, thinking to myself that the prices for those unique cars would be ridiculous and also trying to be sensible in how I add to my collection.

However, my reservations were unfounded. It took just one Sunday afternoon with the cars and I fell in love with all of them. When I purchased them, I knew that some of them would be moved out of my collection rather quickly, but that they would still add value even during their short stay.

The Thrasher collection consisted of a 1936 Auburn, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Restro-Mod, a 1960 Corvette, a 1994 Viper, a 1955 Chevrolet and a 1957 Chevrolet Convertible and a 2005 Hummer H2 that Gene threw into the deal.

We are now in the middle of assessing the cars, cleaning them up and tuning them up. You can follow us on Facebook to find out the future of these cars and their dispositions.

In writing this piece, we have decided to name the Viper Bianca. We wanted a name that lends some sizzle and we feel that Bianca does this spitfire of a car justice. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments for names for the rest of the Thrasher collection.