Freedom Truck, it will move you!
Revisited from the 2004
SEMA, patriotism was running high. An all time highlight of a show that
amazes us each year. By: David Sundling
Some trucks we see at SEMA
are masters of modifications, but I have experienced a truck that was a
great expression of patriotism and devotion. Dale Ison came up with the
idea to have a truck built and painted to represent the United States of
America and invested his life savings to do it. He started project in
1999 with builders Jon Watts and Steve Garvie helping with the frame and
engine. Using a 1999 Chevy extended cab shell, the builders fabricated a
polished stainless steel tubular chassis that puts a real shine on the
truck. The frame holds a chromed out 540 cubic engine that screams! A
custom hydraulic system raised and lowers the entire body off the truck
to display it's shiny chrome chassis.
The builder put more than
50,000 man-hours into building this truck. The frame and engine are just
the beginning of the effort as you start to look at this magnificent
scenes that are painted all over this truck. Mickey Harris of Cosby
Tennessee spent 1200 hours laying down the paint on this automotive
masterpiece. The scenes stir emotions and memories of the day that
changed America, 9-11.
on the tonneau cover is a scene that all Americans will remember, which
is of the fire fighter hoisting the American flag up amongst the rubble
of the Twin Towers. The tailgate portrays the New York City skyline with
the Twin Towers standing. The front bumpe has a Bald Eagle with it's
wings spanning out as if it's gliding among the clouds. The rest of the
truck has a scenes of American war ships and other American Power.
American presidents and historical figures of our country displayed.
This truck is an eye catcher and has so many scenes that if is almost to
describe the entire experience and must be seen in person. This truck is
a great tribute to America and what we're all about. Thanks for giving
us a great gift of American art.