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Truck: On Rebuilding A Worn Out Pickup, And Other Post Technological Adventures

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"Know thy gadgets; first step in restoring some kind of wholeness to one's life." So observes John Jerome about his purpose for rebuilding a 1950 Dodge pickup. Yes, he needs the truck to haul manure, but Jerome also hopes that "by knowing every nut, lockwasher, and cotter pin I could have a machine that had some meaning to me." Thus his year-long odyssey under the hood, am ...more
Unknown Binding, 145 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Houghton Mifflin
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Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This one did help me along in my decision to buy an old Dodge truck and relocate back east.
Gene Yagley III
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get it while you can!

Short version: this is a great book.

John decided he needs a truck for around his land to do home owning stuff. Instead of buying new though, he decides to take the challenge and buy a truck 20 years old. Buy it and rebuild it better than it was off the line. Create SuperTruck at a fraction of the price all the while being what would be considered "Green" or" Eco-Friendly" today.

There's more to the story, of course, but you should buy the book and find out for yourself.

Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dewey600s, 1970s, undrat
One of those library books I enjoyed and had positive results recommending. Review, as usual, copied from Kirkus.


Jerome, once an editor of Car and Driver, had settled into apple-cider and organic-gardening rusticity in New Hampshire when he decided to buy and rebuild an old pickup truck. To haul manure to the garden. And that, from early reconnaissance to disassembling, cleaning, and fixing, to the day when the 1950 Dodge, the Harry S. Truman, started to roll--that, folks, is the pl
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: automotive
I thought this book would be a nice companion to my own car restoration project.

The truck in the cover photo is a GM product so I was a little disappointed that it didn't match the subject of the book: a Dodge. Doesn't anyone ever check these things? However I was pleased to learn the Dodge was a 1950 model, very similar to one I own. Now I'm entertaining thoughts of restoring it too.

Mr. Jerome's story includes whole chapters on philosophy and descriptions of New Hampshire weather, as well as h
David Ward
Truck: On Rebuilding a Worn-Out Pickup and Other Post-Technological Adventures by John Jerome (Houghton Mifflin 1977) (629.288) is a wonderful wonderful book that I read when I was a much younger man. In Truck, the author describes the process of building an old junked pickup truck back into running condition. He uses the experience as both an occasion and a tool for emotional and spiritual growth. The book is more about the insights gained than about the labor involved. This volume is what a ve ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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The more things change...
Fine word craft and humor and though the text is nearly as old as I am, much of the ideas remain fresh. A fun and informative read.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually started this book over 20 years ago, when I gave it to my husband as a graduation gift. Now planning to finish it, if I can!
I did finish it. If I had been reading it as a manual, I'd have a good understanding of the working of the internal combustion engine. I read it as literature. I only learned a little about mechanics and probably won't remember it, so didn't REALLY learn it!
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I was meant to read this book many years ago. Thankfully, it's never too late to take meaning from it.
I really enjoyed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance when I read it years ago, but to be honest, that book is very different from this one. ZAMM is a study of metaphysics, and leaves you searching, questing for quality in yourself and life long after reading. Sometimes filling one with anguish in the process.
Truck is a story, a novel in the first person, an account of a an actual
Jessica DuLong
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I launch into rebuilding yet another cooling-water pump unit for one of fireboat John J. Harvey’s ( five diesel engines, I know I’ll be turning to this book for comfort.

I was distraught to learn that Jerome had died in 2002. I’d wanted to mail him a letter thanking him for all the solidarity I felt while reading the narrative of his year-long odyssey restoring a 1950 Dodge, as I struggled through my own battered-knuckle fireboat repairs.

I’m reading it slowly, savoring Jerome’
Nicole Geary
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could give this 5 stars on the right day, because it's a great read for anyone who falls in love with _process_ (printmakers, pay attention). The book is about rebuilding a truck in the same way that The Big Lebowski is about a kidnapping - it holds interest and moves the story along, but only for the purpose of revealing truths to us through various twists and turns found once you take apart an old truck and then try to put it back together. It is often funny I enjoyed the bittersweet message ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I checked this out of the library and saw a quote from Ed Abbey on the back of the jacket, I knew that I was on the right track. John Jerome is full of wry observations, blind dogged determination, and an appropriately muddled feeling of rebellion against high technology. It's more a collection of anecdotes than it is a single coherent story, but well worth your time. As a reader whose own sense of self-sufficiency is often stymied by planned obsolescence, I often identified with the author ...more
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