Custom Cruise Friday
If someone were to take a rather romantic view of automobile ownership, it wouldn’t be very difficult to accept the idea that there is the perfect vehicle out there for every owner. Lloyd Yankowsky found his perfect match 40 years ago when he took delivery of his 1975 GMC Sierra Classic pickup. There are not many of these pickups currently on the road today. It’s rarity has played a part in Yankowsky’s decision to store the pickup truck in the winter since he’s owned it. Yankowsky and his family mainly used the truck to pull an eight-foot camper or a 14-foot fishing boat. It was always too special to be a daily driver I in the winter.
During the shopping process, Yankowsky was nearly 100 percent positive he was going to come home with General Motors truck. Which one it would be would depend on the details.
“All I looked at was General Motors (trucks,)” Yankowsky said. “I’m a pretty hard core GM guy.”
Taking look at the odometer, Yankowsky has only put 124,000 miles or so on the pickup truck in 40 years. In that time, Yankowsky is another prime example of showing how proper maintenance and care can make a vehicle last for as long as anyone would like to have it. The only major repair that has been needed, is some work on the heads because of a valve lubrication issue. Beyond that repair, which Yankowsky completed himself, and a replaced windshield the 1975 Sierra Classic is in completely original condition.
One of the most interesting parts of the truck is the color. At first blush, some may call it “Burnt Orange” or it may remind some people of a particular high-ranking muscle car from an American television show. However, General Motors calls it Bronze.
The “Classic” part of 1975 GMC Sierra Classic refers to the truck’s trim level. In 1975, this was the top-of-the-line truck for a light-duty half-ton. It came with, and still has, tilt steering, air conditioning, deluxe seating and rally wheels. It’s powered by a 350 cubic-inch V-8 engine.
When it comes to the thought of selling his prized pickup truck, Yankowsky takes the long view on the subject.
“As the vehicle gets older, it’s not worth much,” Yankowsky said. “I thought I’m just going to keep it. It’s going to be my little antique vehicle.”
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