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1970 Chevy C-10 Longbed
4 July 2006
From Debbie Jo :
This is my baby -- a hotrod 1970 Chevy C-10 longbed.
My father bought it from a kid at my high school when I was 15. This is the truck that I learned to drive a standard in. When I turned 18, he gave it to me. He told me if I took care of it, the truck would last me a long time. If not, I had to buy the next one. I don't think he ever excepted me to keep it this long.
The truck originally came with a 307 ci motor and a three speed standard. I was really rough on the standards so my Dad and brother helped me change it to a 350 turbo. I then bought the kit to lower it and got some Corvette rallys custom made. I have 8" on the front and 10" on the back. I then put a front and rear sway bar on the truck to help with handling and it was well worth it. It has made a HUGE difference.
I built a stoker 383 for it and it was really fun. It would put you back in the seat but I never had it at the track to see what it would turn. I was really proud of that motor but we got a flood and we drove through a low water crossing and messed it up. My husband had a 502 crate motor and I needed to get back and forth to work so we stabbed it in there. WOW!! What a LOT of fun! I left it like that for a long time. I would drive it every day until I got pregnant and then my husband made me drive the '97 pickup. Broke my heart. I have driven this truck everyday since high school. I now only drive it when we cruise on the weekend or to the track since we only have one trailer currently.
I took the truck to the track in June 06 and it runs a 14.18 on slicks with 3" exhaust, custom fenderwell headers and a 750 Holley which is too small. Not bad for an old long bed truck. It is GREAT to cruise in. Everyone seems to love the truck and one day I will get it painted, back to the original gold with the white top. I want it to be stock (MOSTLY) with a little surprise under the hood.
Like I told my husband when I got married to him, he will go before the truck does. It is my baby and a big part of me.
Debbie Jo Dobson