Imagine having 53 year old Chevrolet ½ ton driven only 20,000 miles. Almost unheard of! The proud owner is Nelson Good of Stanley, Virginia.
The pickup is a 1962 Chevy 4×4. It’s very unique features are a 261 cubic inch inline six cylinder (the last year for this large six), a 3 speed on the column, and deluxe cab! What an unusual configuration. It certainly had to be a special dealer order from the factory. We doubt very few that year ever left the factory with this combination.
Nelson, the third owner, knows this trucks history. Reasons for this unusual combination fall into place after hearing his description.
Grafton Lee Ogden purchased this 1962 truck from the B and M Chevrolet Co. in Winchester, Virginia in December 1961. He, his wife and a young nephew, Robert Prangle, lived on a small nearby livestock farm. When Mr. Ogden decided to purchase a new 4×4 pickup, young Robert quickly requested it have a V-8 and a 4 speed transmission. The wall posters in the dealership showed some high performance new Chevrolet cars with very fast V-8’s and 4 speeds.
It appears Mr. Ogden did not understand that a truck 4 speed and car 4 speed were totally different. He told young Robert he could help pick the new truck options but no V-8 engine or 4 speed transmission.
Therefore, the 4×4 came with a full deluxe package, red paint, a 261 six cylinder engine, and the standard 3 speed column shift transmission (somehow Robert got Mr. Ogden to order the big six cylinder and not the standard 235 six cylinder).
Now enters the third and current owner of this special 4×4, Nelson Good. He bought it from young Robert, the second owner, who obtained it from Mr. Ogden’s widow in 1988. At that time the odometer registered 19,410 miles.
Ten years later when Nelson became its new owner it was a 19,856 mile ½ ton. In 10 years, now middle age, Robert had driven it only 446 miles! Nelson is protecting it with the same limited use. In the 6 years of his ownership the odometer has turned just 314 miles.
The truck is stored in Nelson’s large home 36×50 garage with his other collector vehicles such as 1956 Chevy 210 sedan, 1967 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible and 1966 Chevrolet ½ ton short bed.
The truck has required little to make it one of the best. The tailgate had two dents and these were repaired with the gate repainted. New tires and Chevrolet chrome hub caps were added.
A set of Fenton Headers and a warming kit plus seat belts are accessories that seemed just right for this larger 261 six cylinder engine and for safety.
The bed was given another coat of black paint. Nelson left the paint chips in the wheel well as a remembrance to the many pigs, sheep and caves that were once carried to and from the market by the original owner with the white wood stock racks that were used for that purpose. Note the Photo.
Just look at this untouched interior. It is a guide for a 1962 purist. The anodized aluminum trim and grill are like the day the truck left the dealership. The sound from the AM radio is perfect. Mr. Ogden’s 1962 truck is now in good hands, much better than when it was carefully used on the farm.
This is one of the few older vehicles that should never be restored. It is so pure, it is an example of how Chevrolet sold it over 50 years ago.
All original paint and trim
Only the tailgate has been repainted!
Pure original four wheel drive!
Out of garage for the photo
The original farm racks installed for a photo
The bed with a new coat of paint
Nothing changed on this 1962 interior
Chevrolet’s largest six cylinder, a 261.
Only the Fenton headers are aftermarket
Deluxe cab has large back windows