Busted Knuck­les

The Me­mory Lives On


The Dubuis­son men have been in­volved with trucks for more than seven decades. Bill Dubuis­son of Slidell, Louisiana, can re­mem­ber his grand­fa­ther, Bill, restor­ing old ve­hi­cles. While Bill was grow­ing up, his fa­ther, Mark, al­ways had race cars and 4x4 trucks in the garage and on the streets. It was only a mat­ter of time be­fore a young Bill would in­herit the fam­ily tra­di­tion. His mo­ti­va­tion be­gan one day as he was on his way to school and saw a bagged and bod­ied truck in a park­ing lot. “That was the ex­act mo­ment I knew it was in my blood­line,” Bill tells Truckin. “My jour­ney be­gan at that point.”

Bill ended up lo­cat­ing the owner of that truck, who guided and as­sisted him with the pur­chase of his first truck, an Isuzu pickup. He per­formed his first body drop in­side his grand­fa­ther’s shop. Af­ter the mini-truck was pulled out, his grand­fa­ther just shook his head and said, “Boy, I have to tell you, I never thought you’d get that thing put back to­gether.” It filled him with pride that Bill was able to ex­e­cute such a dras­tic change on his first at­tempt.

Many years later, Bill in­her­ited an ’02 GMC Sierra from a dear friend, Lora John­son, who un­ex­pect­edly passed away due to com­pli­ca­tions of can­cer. “She was the hardest work­ing lady I’d ever met,” Bill says. He knew he could keep her me­mory alive and well with some­thing she would be proud of. With the help of his good friend Eric Hin­gle, Bill once again be­gan the cut­ting process, bring­ing the full­size GMC down to the ground. He wanted to get a lit­tle creative, so he did his best to make it stand out.

Bill still has quite a way to go to bring Ole

Red to her glory, but he knows he’s on the right track. He wishes to thank all the peo­ple who helped mo­ti­vate him, in­clud­ing his grand­fa­ther Bill Cald­well, his mom Rhonda, step­fa­ther Ricco, fa­ther Mark, and step­mother Judy. The hard­work­ing helpers like Eric Hin­gle, Dean Carter, Leon Cook, and Corey Meyer main­tained sup­port and as­sis­tance dur­ing the process and en­abled Bill to keep fo­cused on his progress. A spe­cial thanks goes to Bill’s fi­ancée, Jes­sica Schoen­berger, for her con­tin­ued love and sup­port and for put­ting up with the time-con­sum­ing Ole Red pro­ject.

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