LIKE Frankenstein’s monster, with parts from here, there and everywhere, very old cars and trucks get a new lease on life in the backyard shed of Portland welder and collector Eric Pearce.
For more than 10 years, Mr Pearce has been steadily accumulating parts from sources all over the south-west and South Australia. He was at last weekend’s swap meet at South Coast Raceway hoping to find more to add to his burgeoning collection, and to show off a 1935 Chevy he’s quite keen to sell.
“Well, the cab is from a ’35 Chevy, but the chassis is from a 1926 model and there’s parts from other makes in it, too,” Mr Pearce said. “That cab has a bit of history. A friend found it for me. It was from a milk delivery truck in Tahara, near Casterton. I think they found it on a farm. The chassis I got off a restorer in Mt Gambier.”
Although it’s not now in running order, with a little more work it could be readied to go back on the road. But that’s up to whoever wants to buy it.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.