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This Du­ally Was Kept in the Sev­ered Fam­ily

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This Du­ally Was Kept in the Sev­ered Fam­ily

WE TRUCK GUYS ARE PRETTY WELL KNOWN FOR BE­ING WHEELER-DEAL­ERS, MAYBE BE­CAUSE MOST OF US WERE RAISED ON SATUR­DAY MORN­ING CAR­TOONS AND HAVE SHORT AT­TEN­TION SPANS. It doesn’t take long to come up with a great con­cept for a project, get the truck, and tear into it only for an­other great idea to come along, re­quir­ing a to­tally dif­fer­ent truck. The cool part is, of­ten­times your old idea is sim­i­lar to some­body else’s new idea. And if the op­po­site is also true, a deal can be made. Some of our truck-lov­ing brethren have taken the art of the trade to new heights. Some­times a truck will go through sev­eral own­ers and never get fin­ished. While ev­ery­one has owned or at least knows about trucks like that, we be­lieve we might have found a new world record holder. See if you can fol­low along.

It all be­gan back in the early ’90s, when a guy by the name of Ed­die Fi­ola bought a near-new

Chevy du­ally from the orig­i­nal owner. If you are not fa­mil­iar with the name, Ed­die pretty much pi­o­neered the freestyle BMX move­ment in the early ’80s and his “King of the Skateparks” moniker still holds true to this day. He was even

the stunt guy in the movie “RAD!” But what was cool about Ed­die is he was also very into trucks. In his in­ter­view, he spent as much time talk­ing about his lat­est bul­let door Dat­sun or Courier (one of which had a Buick turbo V-6 if mem­ory serves) as he did spon­sors and the sport. Any­way, it was back then that this truck got the first of its many years of mods. The two-tone tan du­ally was low­ered on chrome wheels.

Even­tu­ally, Ed­die up­graded to a newer du­ally and some­how met a kid from way out in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, named Brett Oakes, who was in the process of start­ing his own truck club at right about the same time named Sev­ered Ties. Brett had the truck about seven years, and over time it got much lower, was fit with Al­coas, and was painted blue and white with graph­ics. Then in the last cou­ple of years, Brett ’bagged the truck and body-dropped it to the rock­ers (he was quick to point out that it was all done in his drive­way with a torch and a 110v welder) and primered most of the truck. Brett dragged the piss out of it every chance he got un­til Mike Fin­negan (then of “Mini Truckin’” mag and Sev­ered Ties) traded a mo­torhome for it.

For about a year, the truck was dragged to work and hauled a truck­load of ed­i­tors to lunch every day. We think the ragtop was in­stalled at this time. Then the truck was again traded to an­other Sev­ered mem­ber. This time it was to a guy named Chappy in Utah for a ’69 Chevy. Soon the roads of Salt Lake City took care of what lit­tle rock­ers were left, and even sooner the truck was again traded—this time it was for a 1964 Bug.

Fi­nally, some body­work was done, but then the truck sat for a time. Then in the spring of 2002 it was traded yet again for a 1980 Sub­ur­ban owned by Eric Bostain. It was up­graded with new valves and a fresh coat of primer, shortly fol­lowed by a trade for a Har­ley, which put it into the hands of a guy named Jake, who blew the mo­tor. While at a shop for a mo­tor swap, sev­eral parts were stolen off of the truck. The truck and the Har­ley

THE REAR OF THE BED WAS COM­PLETELY SKINNED AND SMOOTHED BE­FORE THE PPG CANDY ORANGE PAINT WAS AP­PLIED. ELSE­WHERE ON THE BED, THE STAKE POCK­ETS WERE FILLED, THE GAS DOOR WAS SHAVED AND THE REAR FEND­ERS WERE SEC­TIONED IN THREE DI­REC­TIONS.

BRENTZ WHEELS WERE CUS­TOM CUT WITH DI­A­MONDS TO SIG­NIFY BOTH THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THIS TRUCK. THEY’RE WRAPPED IN 245/40R19 PIRELLI RUB­BER.

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