Dan Closson's 1928 Chevy 1-ton truck originated as a father-son project with his dad, Merle, almost a half-century ago. The abandoned truck was bought for $40 in Ashland and eventually became a rolling billboard/delivery wagon for the Wallingford Elevator Company, which the elder Closson operated.
Dan Closson, who stands 6'4" tall, solved the headroom problem in the cab of his '28 Chevy truck by moving the gas tank out from under the seat. But he still uses a fender-mounted rubber pad to stretch one leg while he is behind the wheel of the door-less truck.
A popular gathering spot for participants on classic Chevy car tours is the rear of Closson's truck, which he has equipped with a full-sized pop-up patio umbrella. The umbrella provides welcome shade during tour stops.
The relocated gas tank is housed in an old tool box mounted in the bed of the truck, with a wooden stick serving as a gas gauge. Note the dart board bullseye drawn on the inner lid by a 12-year-old Closson for target practice in the basement of his boyhood home.
The 4-cylinder Chevy engine has been rebuilt, with aluminum pistons added to produce a whopping 40 horsepower. The truck still employs the original vacuum canister fuel pump, which can be assisted by a 12-volt electrical pump if need be.
One of the beautiful pieces of craftsmanship on display in the antique Chevy is its big, bold wooden steering wheel, constructed of multiple pieces of curved wood spliced together with finger joints and wooden pins.
Closson says the inspiration for the 8-foot green patio umbrella came at a touring stop at an Oklahoma game preserve `on a sweltering day ... with no shade tree in sight.' It is folded and stowed when the truck is in motion, though.