I’ve always had a place in my heart for regular cab trucks. 56 Fords, 49 Chevys,
And the 67-72 C10s to name a few. I also get a kick out of the unusual vehicles with interesting story lines.
The first time I saw that yellow SSR in the commercial getting off that car carrier, I knew I was going to have one. This was early 2003, and I was still in my twenties. There was so much dealer markup for them that I was turned off, and was left tinkering with other hobbies.
In 2004, I started lurking around here like a creeper at a schoolyard with a windowless van, I sometimes felt dirty, but still kept lurking. Finally, in august of 2005, I purchased a new 05 smoking asphalt from a Chevrolet dealer in San Fran. Because I wasn’t a state resident, I couldn’t drive it home, but I became a true fanatic during the test drive. It’s not about fast, it wasn’t even that comfortable or practical, but that SSR had personality, and expressed that American way I’ve always subscribed to. It’s that same something that differentiates American hot rods from old European classics.
Life happened, I sold that first one (for a profit!) to a dealer who then sold me a 2 door Tacoma. My soul withered, but my pocket book appreciated it. Then the financial collapse happened, and once again I had the opportunity to act on my creeper tendencies. In late 2008 I purchased my second 05 smokin asphalt 6 speed for pennies on the dollar at auction with only 14k miles. I wanted to be more expressive on my second SSR, and I finally stopped creeping on this site and spent the whole 5 minutes of time it took to create an account. With the help of some great young guys, my vacation time and extra money was poured into it. (It’s documented on this site , but not too well). At the end of the project, I basically ended up with a trailer queen....then life happened again. I begrudgingly sold the second one after 3 years of ownership to throw myself into other toys, but I never lost that “fanatic”mindset about these cool trucks that GM of old expressed some really big balls to create.
And here I am in 2021. I’ve kept coming back over and over again, even though I haven’t owned an SSR for more than 8 years. Even though I’ve owned two smokin asphalts, and the SSR looks great in that color, it’s not my favorite. Remember at the beginning of this post where I said I saw that commercial? Well, yellow is my favorite color, but I’m not brave enough to own yellow...so I have my second favorite color (ricochet), and my 3rd SSR. I’m now late into my forties, and appreciate this truck more than ever. This third one will be a driver I tinker with, and who knows, I might even keep Silvy. Or not. But I’ve been a fanatic for the better part of 17 years! You all on this site have always been great, and I hope you all enjoy your SSRs as much as I do. Side note...love that this thread started in 2005!