Andy Giroux describes his 1965 GMC short box step side pick up truck as “a sunny day ride.”
He uses it as a Sunday vehicle to take his wife and grandkids for rides and a yearly trip to a car show in southern Ontario.
Giroux purchased the truck in 1986 for $12,000, including the mechanical. While the New Sudbury resident originally purchased the truck to use as an every day vehicle, after six years, he has decided to keep it as a hobby truck.
In 1991, a friend showed Giroux how to do his own body work. It took him two years to complete the work on his truck.
“I try to do as many repairs as I can myself,” he said.
He built his own modified 350 Chev engine. The box liner is made with red oak and the body is steel. The clutch, tires and the radio have all been replaced, the brake system has just been converted to power and a dual horn has been installed. The seats have also been re-upholstered.
“I tried to keep it like they looked in 1965,” he said.
Giroux always receives compliments regarding the truck’s neon blue exterior.
The truck is featured in the movie Chicago, which was filmed in Sudbury two years ago.
Giroux has been a member of the Sudbury Classic Cruisers for the past 15 years.