Bill and Deb Larratt

1951 Truck owned by Bill and Deb Larratt
1951 Truck owned by Bill and Deb Larratt

Although Deb and I use this truck, it technically belongs to our youngest daughter.  Our first build of the truck was seventeen years ago and at this point, it still had a roof.   We built the truck for our youngest daughter as her first vehicle and it was her daily driver for several years.

Eventually, the truck was parked because it was in need of “freshening up”.   Our daughter’s  “young mom” budget just wouldn’t stretch that far, so she gave the truck back to me with instructions to do whatever I wanted with it.   When Deb and I are done with the truck, our daughter gets it back.   As a result, we tried to respect her wishes when making choices in the second build.  This time the truck was completely rebuilt.  It lost its top, as I have a thing for convertibles.   The 1990 s10 frame was lowered, and we installed a 350/350 combination with Edelbrock intake, mild cam and hugger headers.  These changes improved the dependability, safety and handling of the truck.  Given the number of miles Deb and I put on (many pulling a trailer), these characteristics are very important to us.
Bill and Deb Larratt
Bill and Deb Larratt

During the past three summers, we have driven over 20,000 kilometers, and the truck seems to be working well for us.

The truck has a convertible top and a hard tonneau cover for inclement weather so nothing can stop the long runs we enjoy taking.  Last year we did Spokane, this year we went to Penticton and hopefully, we will drive to Coeur d’Alene next summer.   All the work on the truck, including the body work and the paint was done by me in our back garage with Deb and Lauren adding input to paint and upholstery colours.  The stitch work was done by JR from Ponoka.

 And, our second vehicle……

1928 Model A and Teardrop Trailer owned by Bill and Deb Larratt
1928 Model A and Teardrop Trailer owned by Bill and Deb Larratt

Our 1928 Model A was a complete build from the ground up in our back garage over three and a half years.  It started with a custom frame from Wadson Hot Rods and a sedan body that I paid $51.00 for.   I made it into a Pheaton and installed a 350/350 combination with Edelbrock intake, mild cam and hugger headers.   It has an 8 inch rear end with coil overs, chrome 4 link and drum brakes in back and a tube dropped axle with chrome 4 link and disk brakes up front.  The frame, motor, transmission, rear end, and all of the undercarriage is detailed and painted to match the body color.

I built the car eleven years ago and it has proven to be very dependable with two trips down the Oregon coast (one to California), three trips to Yellowstone National park, numerous trips to the interior of BC and one to Coeur d’Alene.   On most trips, we were pulling the tear drop trailer.

Deb and I still enjoy this car, although it doesn’t get out as much as it should anymore.