1963 Chevrolet SWB Fleetside
From Pete :
I own a 1963 Chevrolet SWB Fleetside, large window Custom cab. I purchased the truck from a lady that I work with. It belonged to her son but he had lost interest in it and the parents wanted it gone.
I thought this truck would be a great first vehicle for my son, who was just coming of driving age. He wanted a truck. We started the project together but he found girls and the truck was soon forgotten about.
The old truck sat in the garage for about a year before I took on the project myself. I resto-moded the truck over a seven year period. It has been on the road again for about three years now.
Rust was a major problem and many patch panels were needed -- new cab corners, fender heels, door bottoms, floor pans, rocker panels and roof panel repair. In the process, I learned welding, metal working, body repair and paint.
The following parts were used from donor vehicles:
Body modifications include all bed seams welded, shaved cab drip rails and removed all tailgate hardware. The paint is 1993 GM Dark Forest Green Metallic; the tan color is from an interior color on a 1985 Caprice. I installed after-market Vintage Air AC.
All the work was done at home in my garage, except for the upholstery on the front seat and the sun visors.
Pictures: dash :: seats :: gauges :: engine :: bed
The truck continues to evolve as time goes by and I have other additions in the planning stage such as power windows, fuel injection, cruise control and a ram air set up. It is a jewel to drive and gets great gas mileage.
The license plate reads RUSTY1C (translation “Rusty Once” ).