Curtsinger will be cruising in his '72 Chevy truck in Harrodsburg


The color of Billy Curtsinger's 1972 Chevrolet half-ton, step-side truck isn't exactly candy-apple red. It's "Grand Am bright red," he says.

Regardless of its specific color, the 350 cubic-inch, 330 horsepower, turbo hydromatic, gas engine truck sparkles from front to back. It will be doubly glossy when he takes it to the Classic Wheels Cruise-In Saturday on Main Street in Harrodsburg.

Curtsinger has been going to the Harrodsburg cruise-in since they started it several years ago.

"I'm originally from Harrodsburg, and I enjoy the Harrodsburg show," he notes. "Last year, I saw people I hadn't seen in a long time. It's sort of a homecoming."

The '72 Chevy truck has billet specialty wheels, with a steering wheel to match, a completely redone interior, and an oak bed floor with stainless steel trim. The truck features a custom bar grill as well.


Curtsinger bought it restored from Keith Manning of Madison, Ind.

"Basically, he built the truck," says Curtsinger, who has owned it since March. "It's been completely restored.

"He showed it for about two years after he restored it," says Curtsinger, who lives in Danville. "It's never been driven much on the road."

He owned a '36 Dodge that he built from scratch

Before he bought the '72 Chevy truck, Curtsinger owned a '36 Dodge that he built from scratch, he says.

"It took me seven years to do," Curtsinger explains. "I got to wanting something (classic) and (the Dodge) was the first one I got serious about."

He had muscle cars when he was younger, but he wanted a street rod, which is a 1947 or older vehicle.

"I found the '36 Dodge in Danville at Vincent Vanover's lot," Curtsinger says. "It was in a thousand pieces, but I tackled it. Halfway through, I wished I hadn't."

He says he's been a mechanic all his life, which led him to try his hand at restoring a classic car. Curtsinger also got help from friends.

"I have friends who build street rods," he explains. "I got pointers from them.

"Stuart Cocanougher gave me a lot of help on it. He builds street rods all the time, and he is where I got most of my pointers on the '36 Dodge. But most I did myself - that's why it took so long."

He's attracted to street rods and muscle cars

Street rods are expensive investments, adds Curtsinger, who just retired from Corning Inc. in Harrodsburg. He's attracted to street rods and muscle cars, and travels to Tennessee and Indiana as well as around Kentucky to classic car shows.

"It's sort of a hobby for me," Curtsinger explains. "Some people golf - I deal with cars and trucks."

He sold the '36 Dodge in Tennessee before buying the '72 Chevy truck.

The classic truck pretty much is the way Curtsinger wants it. When he bought it, he added a breather and some chrome. He says he would like to add air conditioning.

He has no intention of selling the truck right now, although if the right price was offered, he'd consider selling. But he's content to keep it for now.

Down the road, he might like to have a 1933 Ford coupe street rod.

"I know where there's one at," Curtsinger says, grinning. "I have a friend who builds (street rods) to a point, then sells them. That's in the back of my mind."

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