Article by Larry Crain
Build photos supplied by Rod Parsons
Finished photos supplied by Rod Parsons and Larry Crain
Rod Parsons of Ripley, West Virginia is your typical hot rod owner meaning he lives and breathes cars and trucks. He has always been a hot rodder and has built several over the years before life got so hectic that he had to have others build them for him. The hectic side of his life comes from the fact that he owns two large collision repair centers and a hot rod shop. But through all of the craziness, Rod still found time to work with his employees on getting a 1967 Corvette that he had once restored over 27 years ago back on track.
When it came time to have the Corvette painted Rod didn’t want to pull one of his painters off of collision repair painting. One of his employees told him about a guy named Greg Killen that could really lay out some slick paint jobs.
Rod had the Corvette moved over to Greg’s place that he called “The Project Shop” for a paint job. While there Rod saw a cab and chassis of a 1967 Chevy C10 that Greg was building to resale. Greg had purchased the truck in 2011 with the intention of fixing it up for a quick resale to fund the build of his 1935 Chevy hot rod sedan. Rod and Greg talked about the possibilities the old truck had for some time, then in April of 2014 Rod bought the truck. After buying the truck and doing a little history checking on the old Chevy C10, Rod found out that his upcoming project had actually came from a salvage yard right in his home town! After a few more discussions Rod asked Greg if he would build the truck for him, and the next thing you know the Corvette was pushed to the side and the truck project began.