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Owned by Pete Cole
"63 C-10 Carolina Fleetside"
Bolter # 12392
Greensboro, North Carolina


03 October 2011 Update
# 1894

From Pete :

I have been working on my ‘63 quite a bit lately despite the heat. I had to put a new fuel pump in after a nice tow. I broke down in the worst part of Greensboro to break down in.

I also have been working on a new bed. I scored some #1 grade cypress off Craigslist up here at a very reasonable price. Cut, sanded and planed 'em on about the hottest day of the year (I think it was July 5th). I have yet to install them. I am scared of the hole drilling thing, might wait for my brother to help me as he is MUCH better at the close up carpentry than I am.

If anyone has a drill press and wants to take the job on, I’ll be happy to pay them for their time. I have the pattern from the forum.

I have also been working on my 1947 Indian Chief, but since I retired, my projects seem to be more ambitious than my wife will allow me to spend!

We spent a day riding the mountains of Virginia on one of our Indian Motorcycles dodging the rain drops. Went up through Danville, to Lynchburg, back through Smith Mountain Lake, over to Rocky Mount, down to Martinsville, then back home.

For any of you who may be interested, here's a picture of my 2002 Indian Chief Roadmaster. And we found this neat picture of some old GMC's at the Springfield, MASS Indian factory circa 1952.

Pete [an error occurred while processing this directive]

26 March 2007
# 1894

From Pete :

        I am the third owner of this 1963 Chevy C-10 Fleetside truck. I bought it in July of 2006. I was looking to buy an El Camino. One day I was riding the back roads of North Carolina (I am a manager in state government and I have business in the entire state). I saw a guy putting this truck up for sale. Being in a state car, it is not advisable to tarry in places in which you have no official business. But ... I fell in love. I asked the fella if he would be willing to take the "for sale" sign down if I was to give him a $100 bill to hold onto until I could return the next day with the rest of the money. I told him if I did not return, he and his wife could have a nice dinner on me! Then I got the heck outta there before I got called in for my state car! I didn't even get a receipt from him -- that's the way we are in North Carolina.

        Needless to say, I went back the next day and everything went as planned.

        I have all the dealer paperwork and do not regret the purchase. I have the original 1963 license tag and warranty paperwork as well as owner's manual.

        I need to replace the bed this summer. The rest of the truck is pretty good except I may paint her sooner or later. I would love to find some correct hubcaps for her. I have not seen the steel "whitewalls" on any other trucks. The mirrors are on the dealer's invoice and are called "west coast" mirrors and impress the fellows at the cruise in -- they say their rare. I do not plan to make any modifications that are not what the truck was originally when it was sold.

        My wife, who hails from New Zealand, originally called the truck "Ginger" as I guess that's what orange haired women are called there. So that name has stuck.

        I love to drive it!

Pete Cole


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