I was in Roann, pop. 479, in northern Indiana to visit the town’s covered bridge and operating grist mill. I didn’t know until I arrived that it was the weekend of Roann’s annual festival, with carnival rides and food and even a tractor pull in progress. Big doings in small-town Indiana! Cars were parked along every inch of curb on all of Roann’s dozen or so streets. It looked to me, though, like this old Chevy truck was there first, and all the other cars parked around it. Could this parking spot be its home?
Chevy (and GMC) trucks from this era are mostly gone here in the Midwest, as they were natural born rusters. You see these 1973-87 trucks every great once in a while out here, but almost always from the later rectangular-headlight years, and seldom in condition this good.
This one hasn’t entirely escaped body cancer, but its owner has clearly done some work to keep it well in check.
And he’s left it original. This would have been a very common truck in 1977, to the point of being almost invisible on the road. In its Scottsdale trim, it was a step above the basic Custom Deluxe, but probably not by much. I’m betting that it took stepping up to the tonier Cheyenne to upgrade from those dog-dish hubcaps and get a contrasting color within that reverse-C trim strip. Those upgrades would have turned something invisible into “hey, nice truck,” at least in 1977.
This truck has a name, obvious but fitting. Here’s hoping Old Blue keeps getting good care.