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Bill Mikeska of Fairbury shown with his 1953 station wagon Saturday during the Chenoa Shop-N-Go Spring Fling.

It’s not often you get to see a 1953 Pontiac station wagon parked along the streets of Chenoa.

The completely redone vehicle with an original look was featured Saturday during the Chenoa Shop-N-Go Spring Fling car show near the City Park. Car owner Bill Mikeska of Fairbury has two other older vehicles in addition to the station wagon.

“I just bought this one two weekends ago, actually,” Mikeska said.

It was a busy week for Mikeska as he planned to head up to the Pontiac cruise night after Chenoa and head up to Peotone for a car show the very next day. He plans to attend shows all summer.

Daniel Hill of El Paso, originally from Chenoa, had a 2005 Peterbilt 379 truck on display with a Cummins ISX 565 engine that is a 10-speed. He runs the truck from Peoria to Chicago every day to haul parts.

“I’m leased to West Jersey Express and we have about 40 trucks,” Hill explained.

The outside of the truck looks amazing but so does the inside. Hill customized the carpet, shifter and switches on his own. He did the work on the weekends for fun.

“I like it to look good. The deck plate on the back was painted by Piercy’s down in Carlock.”

A Fairbury company that builds and fabricates steel built the deck plate itself. Hill is part of a group called Midwest Loud and Proud based in El Paso. They do toy drives for Children’s Hospital of Illinois and raise money for St. Jude, to help out others.

“We do a lot of car shows and charity events,” said Hill.

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