PHOENIX - One Valley dad got a special Father’s Day surprise from his kids when they took him to a Phoenix car dealership.
The story begins over 50 years ago when Cecil Sims, fresh out of college and in the Forestry Service, drove with his good friend, Carl Winslow, from Williams to Phoenix to buy a new Chevrolet pickup truck.
He bought the 1962 half-ton truck from Courtesy Chevrolet for $1,700.
The truck has stayed in the family all these years and racked up some 300,000 miles of memories.
For the past 15 years the truck was close to scrap and may have ended up that way, but Cecil’s daughter and son-in-law hatched a plan to restore the truck and give it back to Cecil for Father’s Day.
That was in December of 2013 and while keeping it a surprise, Jim Anderson deconstructed and rebuilt the Chevy to pristine condition.
Anderson approached Courtesy Chevrolet to redeliver the truck to the showroom floor on Saturday where family and friends were on hand to join in on the surprise.
When Cecil Sims set his eyes on the reconditioned truck he couldn’t quite believe it.
“I owned one just like it,” he said.
Anderson said it was a deserving gift.
“I’ve been watching it rust for the last 17 years, actually probably 23 years, and it just seemed a shame to let it sit there and go to waste, so let’s get it fixed up and get it back to the gentleman so he can drive it.”