published Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Black Sapphire

Story and Photos by: Shannon Hammett

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Sale Creek resident, Troy Green is no stranger to the world of classic cars. At the age of sixteen, he bought a 64' Super Sport Impala. “If I had to guess, I'd say that I've owned around thirty classic cars since I was a teenager,” said Troy, “The Impala was my first. Back then, I would drive them for a while until I couldn't afford to keep them up, then I would sell it and move on to the next.”

Troy's current gem is his 1969 Chevy C-10. Although the truck was in great shape when he bought it, it didn't take long for Troy to send it to the shop to begin a complete restoration from the ground up. “The best way to go is to disassemble everything and start from ground zero,” said Troy, “This is the only car that I've ever done a complete ground up on. I took the truck over to Sequoyah Collision and Restoration. Jody Hawkins is the very talented young man that did all the paint work. They basically stripped the truck down, piece by piece to bare metal, painted each piece and rebuilt the truck for me. I took them the truck and handed them the keys around Christmas time and the following Christmas I had the truck back, minus the bed. My dad's uncle was building the wood in the bed for me, so I brought the cab back up to my place while they completed the bed. I put a new engine in it. I got the engine from The Ressurection Rod Run. Every year in October, they give an engine away. The gentleman that won it didn't have a way to haul it home, so I bought it from him and put it in the truck. The truck was basically built by myself, Tony Martino, Jody Howkins and Randy Torbett. Most everyone that worked on this truck were people that I knew growing up with from high school.”

Depending on lighting, some people think the truck is black, while others will argue that it is blue. The actual color is a little of both. “The color was originally, what I call 'refrigerator green',” said Troy, “I knew that I wanted a blue. The color of blue that I had in mind was from the memory of my dad's 65' Super Sport that I grew up riding around in. I had it narrowed down to half a dozen different blues. I took a flashlight and shined it on each color sample to get an idea of what it might look like in the sun. I ended up with PPG Black Sapphire Metallic.”

If you look closely at the back of this truck, you will find another distinctive and unexpected feature. “I was pretty heavy into bass fishing, and the Chattanooga Bass Association,” said Troy, “I thought, well, since I don't get to fish as much anymore I'll see if I can't incorporate it into the truck. So instead of the normal tail lights for this truck, it has boat trailer tail lights.”

Since the trucks completion four years ago, Troy has been hitting the shows and has built up an impressive collection of trophies. “I have about twenty trophies,” said Troy, “I'm a landscaper, so that consumes a lot of my time. I go to as many shows as I can, but my work comes first. I don't like taking the truck out too often. I want to keep the miles down on it. But I still drive it. Driving them is just part of the fun. I took this truck to the World of Wheels last year. I trailered it because it was pouring rain the entire set up day and because I had spent more than 40 man hours prepping this truck. That's the only time I've ever trailered it.”

At present, Troy has three classics. His 69' Chevy truck, a 66' Chevelle Super Sport and the most recent addition, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan. “I've never shown my 66' Chevelle,” said Troy, “It's just my cruise-in car. I'm putting a new fresh engine in it to get it ready for the cruise-ins. It's a fun car. The Bel Air is at the shop. I'm doing the same thing with the Bel Air as I did with the truck. A complete restoration from the ground up. Out of all the classic cars I've owned, this 56' Chevy is my favorite. My dad had two 56's. One before I was born and the other when I was about 5 years old. I remember him opening up the headers and firing that thing up in the garage and my mother getting on to him and yelling, 'Turn that thing off! You're rattling everything off the walls!'. I'd be riding around on my tricycle and soaking all of this in. I've wanted a 56' Chevy ever since then. I guess classic cars is kind of a family thing. We've always liked old cars, especially Chevy's. And now, at 45 years old, I finally have one.”

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1969 Chevy C-10

Paint: PPG Black Sapphire Metallic

Engine: 383 Stroker, built by Danny Warren

Trans: 350 Turbo, B&M 2500 stall and shift kit

Brakes: Converted to power disk on front and drum on rear by Torbetts Automotive of Sale Creek

Suspension: 3" drop lower control arms, coil springs and shocks by DJM

Rear Axle: 3:42 ratio, 5 lug conversion

Exhaust: Ceramic coated headers, delta 40 series flowmaster mufflers 3" with stainless tips by Torbetts Automotive of Sale Creek

Body and Paint by: Sequoyah Collision and Restoration, Soddy Daisy, Tn.

Interior By: Don's Trim Shop, Don Angland, Hixson, Tn.

Bed Wood by: Tim Smith of Mel's Cabinet shop and wood stained by Jerry Green of Hixson. (Red Oak)

Audio System: Panasonic by Noise Polution

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