DEFIANCE — Ron Wheeler knows his way around cars. He owns a hot rod shop in Defiance. He brought his 1934 Chevy Pickup to the Westgate Charity Car Show.
“I did everything on it. I have been doing this since I was a young kid. My dad and uncle had race cars,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler is the second owner of this truck that he found in Nevada. Wheeler chopped the top by 4 inches, installed a 350 cubic inch engine with 700 R overdrive transmission and made the bed from scratch. The truck includes a custom three-piece hood.
America has been in love with pickup trucks since the dawn of production. Chevy produced its first pickup in 1918. Sales of the utility vehicle have been strong since. California has the highest number of pickup truck owners, followed closely by Texas. Ohio ranks fifth in pickup truck owning people.
Wheeler is proud of his creation. He owns a couple of 1934 Chevy Roadsters but admits this truck is “my favorite.”