SWFL man's dream comes true for 60th birthday
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CREATED Jun. 14, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Jerry Wilsley loves cars but his love for one truck is more than just a hobby.
"I found the truck in Cape Coral and started driving it for a couple of days and thought we'd do a couple of things but got crazy," said Wilsley.
Crazy may be the same way you'd describe Jerry about the old classic '59 Chevy. It's the way his wife Connie kind of felt about it too.
"When he bought it I thought, what are we going to do with that?!" "I told him I do not want to see it from the moment it leaves this house!", said Connie Wilsley, Jerry's wife.
Jerry had the folks over at Jack's Collision Center in Fort Myers to bring it back to life.
"This is definitely more than a car... this is a lifelong dream for Jerry," said owner, Kevin Lipscomb.
From the chrome to the air conditioning to the nuts and bolts, workers brought it back to the old days. Something Jerry is fond of.
"It's more than metal and rubber. It brings you back to when gas was 32 cents a gallon and you just cruised it," said Jerry. "But I want the guys who worked on the truck to come with me. I'm emotional! It's been a year and the guys really gave 100 percent."
After a year's worth of work and anxiety, Jerry finally gets his birthday surprise. A mint colored '59 Chevy truck with all the fixings.
"Wow! This is beautiful...makes you feel 16 again," said Jerry as he looks over the car of his dreams.
"I can't wait to drive it!"
Jerry has big plans for his new ride. He says he plans to put the Chevy on display in future car shows.