1966 Chevy C10
06 December 2010
From Claude :
This truck belonged to a good friend of mine, his name was Zane, who unexpectedly died last January at 42 years old. He left behind a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. Julie, his wife, asked me to take the truck.
The old Chevy was sitting on an incline near their house on four flat, dry-rotted tires. The shift linkage was broken. The brake lines were shot. All 4 wheel cylinders were rotted and leaking. The fuel system was suffering as well -- it was completely evaporated and gummed up. All of the U-Joints along with the carrier bearing were needing to be replaced.
When I got the truck from Zane's wife, it was at the busiest time of my life. I am full time military and I knew a move was coming by summer. I was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and was preparing for a move to South Carolina. I was stressed more than I could deal with. The thoughts of salvaging this truck did not appeal at all. However, I just couldn't bring myself to say no to Julie.
I agreed to take it home and the old truck in someways became my stress reducer. (Ahh .. the old "Stovebolt Magic" ~ Editor.)
I hope to keep the truck running and some day give it back to Zane's son when he turns 16 in nine more years.
Rebuilding old vehicles was not something I thought I'd ever do.
I still have lots to do with the Zanemobile. The floor shifter gets hung up so it needs adjustments. All shocks are original and need replaced. I need to change the flex brakes lines up front. The origial slip yoke at the transmission was cracked and the one I found at a junk yard allows transmission oil to leak.
Lots of fun days left I'm sure.