1965 Chevy C10 Fleetside
From Mike :
This is my 1965 Chevy C10 Fleetside. I didn't know what I was getting into when I got this truck.
I saw the truck in a guy's pasture behind his barn (I have an eye for that) and had to stop. After talking to him for a little bit, I found that he had bought it to part it out. Ended up, he just couldn't do it after he found out that it ran! [ Drivers side view ]
He gave me a price on it and it took a lot of consideration. My wife was NOT happy and gave me a really hard time about it.
After about a week and a half of grueling decision making, I decided to buy it.
My Dad and I went to pick it up and we towed it the whole four miles to my house. The next day, I started in.
The original 283 [ pix ] and 3 speed tranny were still in it. The shifter had been moved to the floor. The seats were out of a mid '80's car and had to go.
After putting a battery in it and priming the carb, I tried to start it. It finally started about 30 minutes into it. It sounded horrible. It was only hitting on three cylinders and the exhaust had been taken off at the manifold on one side.
Over the nest two weeks, I cleaned the carb piece by piece. I dumped a half gallon of rust out of the gas tank. Changed the plugs and repaired the exhaust with a lot of little things left to do. It finally started it up and it sounded great!!!.
It just didn't like to move. New clutch time! I did get to drive it a little before the clutch was put in. On the second drive, it sprung a leak in two freeze plugs. So when it came time, I pulled the engine and transmission and replaced all of the freeze plugs and the clutch. Those freeze plugs had to be original ... all but one was leaking.
And I had to put a seat in it! [ Interior pix ]
Long story short: it runs and drives great now and the wife and two year old son have fallen in love with it. I just need to do a few more little things to it. The only thing left is a wiper switch, springs, shocks, new alternator bracket, ash tray and possibly a carb kit. I may have to sell it to fund my real true love -- my 1940 Chevrolet truck (my Grandfather bought it brand new in December of '39 for a sticker price of $540.)
Thanks Stovebolt. I love the site.
We love a happy ending! Hope to get as good a story about the '40, too! ~ Editor