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1968 Chevy C-10 Pickup Truck


Owned by

Ken Charlton
Jamestown, Kentucky

28 December 2007
# 2162

From Ken :

           Here are some pictures of our 1968 Chevy C-10. I just happened upon your sight by accident, but I think I will be looking at it much more now that I have. Thank you for the opportunity to share on our truck!

           Here is the information your site requests (and some I just wanted to share!). My truck is a 1968 Chevy C 10. I grew up loving these trucks because my Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather all had a C-10 or C-20 in the 1968-72 range. We worked them hard -- hauling coal, limestone, plowing snow, or hauling lawn equipment. We took good care of them mechanically but we used them hard many of their days.

           My Father's was a 1972, and it was totaled one snowy day coming home from deer hunting. (No, it was not his fault -- and Dad was OK!) Ever since, I have wanted one, but never thought I would be able to afford it. But I found this truck in a small town in Ohio after years of searching, and was able to purchase it.

           I have done a few things to the truck, but most of the work was already done.

           The story that goes with the truck is that it was purchased new in West Milton, Ohio. The original owner kept it until 2002 / 2003. He used it very little and very lightly. (There were pictures of the truck with family -- hunting and in the barn.) After that, it was purchased by two men in 2003 and repainted (the only repaint) in original colors and the engine and transmission were rebuilt (though it ran fine, seals leaked, so whole engine and trans was gone through).

           The day I purchased it, I was told that was probably the first day the truck had been out of the county since it was new. A story or sales pitch one might think, but it is a little more believable with having only 39,393 miles on the day I drove it out.

           The V8 runs very well, and is mated to a three speed auto and posi rear with 3.73 gears. I share this truck with my four year old son, and while we do not haul a lot of coal or limestone, we do occasionally haul lawn equipment and a rototiller. I love looking over at my little man as the memories come back quickly of when I was in the passenger seat. This is him helping me on an oil change and in the truck with me at a parade in our small town from this past fourth of July weekend.

           At a local cruise in, a fella told me and my boy "nice truck," and before I could respond, my son said "Thank you -- it is ours..."

           We have been offered several thousand dollars more than what we paid for it, but no one has been able to get the keys yet. And I'd like to add that I have spent no nights in the garage, or doghouse, or truck bed -- thank goodness my wife of nearly ten years encouraged me to get the truck, and to keep it!

           Thank you for an opportunity to share the story.

           That is a beautiful truck that would make any one of us proud to own it. That's great that you're willing to pass on the temptation to part with it. It will and continue to be a bond between Father and Son. Your son sounds like a super kid ! The next generation of stovebolter in the making. Nice to hear that your wife was keen on the truck as well. ~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome (Panel) Wagon