DCM is excited to have Trey Gates share his story: So last year I was 16 and ended up working a lot on a farm for my uncle. I drove past the Pilothouse a lot as it was my dads neighbor and I have admired classics since I was a kid, and something about that pilothouse caught my eye.
My grandpa always had some cool toys (5, 1929 Model A’s, a 57 T bird, etc.) and I told myself that one day I’d have some too. One day I saw a for sale sign in the truck with the owner outside. I figured I didn’t have enough money, but I’ll at least go take a look considering I liked talking to owners of these older vehicles. I’m greeted by an older gentleman named Ron, and we discuss the truck. I then ask him how much he wanted because the for sale sign asked him to call for more details. To my surprise, he says $1600 and it’s yours. The truck had a slew of work done, Ron rebuilt everything in that truck from the wiring harness, to the rear axle bearings, wheel hubs etc. and was a turn key truck. A big challenge with the truck was learning how to “double clutch” but in a matter of a couple of minutes of driving it, I supposedly drove it better than Ron had in his 10+ years of owning it due to him not being able to smoothly downshift. We get back and I am a couple hundred short, so I told him I’ll be back for it I just have to work. I go home and talk to my dad and he’s actually interested, and said he will loan me some money but I have to pay him back so I ended up doing just that the next day and voila!
I so far have had one problem with the truck, a leaky wheel cylinder, that I had bought a replacement from DCM. It is very reliable, it’s never not started, and gets me where ever I needed to go. In fact, my car broke down at the beginning of summer so I had to use it for a majority driving to work and back and forth from where I worked (Madras, Oregon to Bend, Oregon) which was a 60 mile commute one way and most days it was over 80 degrees. Last weekend I had to use it because my car was behind a trailer that I couldn’t move and I took it to work in the ice and snow! Overall, I’m grateful to have this truck!