1962 Chevy C-10 Pickup Truck
From Tom :
I just bought this truck at the first of June in Yakima, Washington. It is a 1962 C-10 Chevrolet with a 235 6 cylinder, three on the tree with overdrive under the dash on the left hand side.
I had been looking for a truck for about tow years and I saw this one in July of 2007. I liked it but did not think it was possible to go all the way to Yakima to see it. I did not want to buy it sight unseen; so I left it alone.
Then in the fall of 2007, my wife and I became empty nesters and with that we spruced up the house a little. We put new carpet down and had an estimate to put on new vinyl siding on the outside. The estimate was a budget buster!
My wife then came up with an interesting proposition, which was: if I painted the house one more time, we would take the balance of the estimate of the siding, less the amount for paint, and buy an old pickup. What a woman!!
While the paint was still wet, I immediately went back to the site that had this pick up and contacted the guy and asked for more photos. I discussed the possibilities of flying up and driving back but was not encouraged by him to do so -- and for good reasons.
We discussed shipping and other options but, by that time, it was well into December and the ice storm of 2008 hit the Tulsa area. The whole area lost power and our empty nest became full again with five additional people, three friends and two family members.
I am an auditor for Tulsa International Airport. I am a member of the Association of Airport Internal Auditors, and every year we have a conference where we meet and discuss auditor things. This year’s conference just happened to be in Anchorage Alaska. In order to get to Anchorage, that is right, you guessed it -- you have to fly over Washington State! We took some vacation time and after the conference, we flew back to Seattle, rented a car and drove to Yakima before flying home to Tulsa.
The truck was everything I thought it was from the pictures and the most surprising thing was the undercoating. Scott, the man I bought it from, had a Jeggs rack. We got it up on the rack and I was able to comfortably walk underneath and look. The under coating was heavy and had preserved the truck extremely well. There are only two rust issues near the corners of the door and they are minor.
This truck belonged to Scott’s Uncle who had bought in California. He passed away and his wife gave it to Scott. It had been repainted with a cheap job and the new tires were dry rotted. So it has sat for a long time. It is in Tulsa now and I am in the process of getting it road worthy -- oil changes, belts, hoses, wheel bearing and other joints greased. I took the radiator off yesterday and will be replacing it with a new reproduction.
My first entry on the forum page was about the heater. Apparently, the truck was equipped with an aftermarket A/C, which by the way blows ice cold air. To my surprise, the heater was also an aftermarket item. I thought it to be a recirculation type heater but when I took it off the fire wall and compared it to the shop manual photos, nothing matched. I then realized you could see the knock outs still in place on the firewall and inside on the cardboard just below the dash.
The response from another Stovebolter was that there were some trucks that came without heaters and it would make sense because the truck was made in California and it does not get real cold out there.
I want to make this a daily driver for a while, get to know it, then begin the process of restoration back to as original as I can. You can view my photo’s of the truck on my Picasa web album.