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  Owned by Bruce Bensen
"6tvette"
Bolter # 18974
Twin Cities area, Minnesota
 
11 October 2008
# 2449

From Bruce :

        I live in the twin cities area of Minnesota. I recently purchased a 1966 Chevy C10 Shortbox Fleetside from a recently divorced guy who had to liquidate some of his toys. Glad I could be of service.

        The truck is lowered 4" in the rear, lowered 3" in the front, lowered front control arms and swapped spindles. It had a wild cam installed in it when I bought it. Unfortunately it was too much for the stock heads and I ended up dropping a valve on the way home with it. So I had to do some engine teardown right away. I figured out a 520 lift crane cam with press in rocker studs will not last. So I detuned down to 460 lift crane cam, screw in studs, hardened seats, roller rockers, Edelbrock performer, 600 cfm carb, HEI ignition, turbo 350 trans. Now it runs like it should, is fun to drive, and looks presentable.

        The interior has six-way power leather seats from a Chrysler LeBaron, center console out a Ford Explorer (I disinfected it first), Sony tunes with mp3 capability.

        The truck came painted like what you see in the picture above. It needs some touch up work though. It has a rolled pan in back instead of the bumper, but they never sanded it.  I would guess they metal etched it and thought that would be good enough but it is starting to chip off. Bummer ... the pan and the box inside were painted in gravel guard, and it should take a little abuse!

        The under-the-dash wiring that was done for the tilt wheel was a nightmare. All the wires were just twisted together with electrical tape -- not a soldered joint or crimp connector to be seen. That would explained why there no taillights, turn signals, heater, gauges, or horn. I did have headlights and brake lights.

        This truck will be a work in progress for a WHILE. I would like to add a/c and power disc brakes, and some sort of overdrive (12 mpg hurts). I will update with progress report.

        I also own a 1960 Vette that was a basket case back in 1974. I logged thousands of hours in the garage back in the 1980's. Swap meets help me purchase most of the missing parts to get her on the road. She has a 327 4 bolt, 060 over, crane cam, roller rockers, Edelbrock Streetmaster for hood clearance, 700 Holley double pumper, dart heads, Hooker street tubes, T10 close ratio 4 speed, 3.08 gears, and I get 20 mpg. It still scares the hell out of me when I drive it!

        Here is my Webshots account with more pictures of the '66 and the Vette.

        Love them bowties!!!

Bruce

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