The hot-rodding scene – that is, customizing vehicles to make them faster, more powerful and generally cooler – is alive and well. Indeed, as the story of this humble truck restoration goes to show, a new generation of hot rodders is ready to take the wheel.
As a reward for graduating from high school, Luke Merrill of Isanti, Minnesota, was given the old family car: a 1965 Chevrolet C10. However, this was no immaculate, lovingly cared-for classic. As Merrill said, it was a “gag gift” which looked “old, beat-up and unwanted.”
However, the fixer-upper was a family heirloom, nonetheless. “We have had this truck in the family for 20 years,” Merrill explained in a YouTube video uploaded in January 2012.