Murray “Tippy” Touchette is the owner and president of Conroe Machine in Conroe, Texas. Because the business is his baby, he spends countless hours working hard to ensure its success. With little time to wrench on a project truck, Tippy looked to do what so many of us wish we could do -- buy a solid truck that was dialed in. The ensuing pursuit of the perfect truck provided Tippy and his son, Matthew, with a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that is so cool, we wanted him to share its story himself. Here, in his own words, is how everything went down when he found his 1951 Chevrolet 3100.

“In May of 2012, I started pursuing a 1947-1953 Chevy truck, but I wanted a full steel body and a truck that was mostly done because I am simply too busy to work on it myself. I found this truck on carsonline.com in June of 2012 and really liked the color scheme and the detail of the build. I spoke to Jeff Pletcher, in Morgantown, West Virginia (the owner at the time), and we exchanged a few emails. It seemed like just what I wanted, so I decided to fly out and look at it. I also decided to make it a father/son trip and I asked my 14-year-old son, Matthew, to join me. We agreed that if we chose to buy it, we would drive it back to Texas over a three to four day period. We flew up to Pittsburgh, drove the 80 miles down to Morgantown, West Virginia, and met with Jeff. We discussed the complete build and the details of why he was selling the truck. He was selling the truck due to some health concerns and wanted to see it in good hands. Well, it didn’t take long after being behind the wheel to say yes to the purchase, but it did take a while to wipe the smiles off our faces. We went to the bank, did all of the financial transactions, and then we were off on the 1,550-mile journey back to Montgomery, Texas. Our trip took us through West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and then down to the great state of Texas. The Chevrolet 3100 truck, with its modern drivetrain and Vintage Air A/C performed flawlessly. We received hundreds of thumbs up and eager admirers always wanted to take pictures and ask about the truck. It was a great time spent talking and interacting with my son, as we have a great relationship. It’s just another example of how cars and the love of them bring so many people together. The trip was something that both my son and I will never forget, and we are very blessed to have had the opportunity to share it.”

There you have it, better than some made up Chevrolet commercial, this real-life father and son road trip proved that custom trucks can be a bond that lasts a lifetime.

Inside the Chevrolet 3100, it’s perfect form meets function by way of a comfortable bench seat, Budnik billet steering wheel, and Classic Instruments’ gauges.


Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 1951 Chevrolet 3100 five-window
Owner and City/State: Murray "Tippy" Touchette / Montgomery, Texas
Engine
Type: 2003 6.0L
Induction: Whipple Supercharger
Exhaust: LS shorty headers
Tuner: Custom ECU tune by Nickens Brothers Racing
Built by: Nickens Brothers Racing
Drivetrain
Transmission: 2003 4L85E
Rearend: Currie Ford 9-inch
Brakes: CPP big-brake kit
Front suspension: Scott's Hot Rods Mustang II IFS, Ride Tech coilovers
Rear suspension: Scott's Hot Rods four-link with Ride Tech coilovers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 18x8-inch and 20x10-inch Bonspeed Clutch
Tires: 235/40ZR18 and 275/35R20 Falken FK452