1963 Chevy Fleetside Long Bed
I have a 1963 Chevy Fleetside Long Bed.
I bought "Da Beast" three
years ago from a guy out in the desert. She didn't look too
a black front bumper and grille, cracked windshield, the ugliest blue
you ever saw and had huge rainbow stickers are both doors. Of course,
it was love at first sight.
to rebuild "Da Beast" rather than restore so that I could continue to
use the truck while under re-construction. I have found The Stovebolt
extremely helpful in locating other "old truck junkies" and getting
on repairing body work, engine, locating parts (original and
refurbished), as well as just tips on fixing things.
three years, got rid of
those stickers, tried to do something about the paint, and basically
rebuilt her part by part. She now has a '72 rebuilt Vette 350 w/ the
original three-on-the three trans though. She's got dual exhaust with
Edelbrock headers which gives her a great purrrr. I chromed those
and now she is respectable -- after, of course,
rewiring the whole truck,
adding a bench (seat) instead of a crate, and some other "extras."
third owner. She has always been in California but was in the desert
for most of her life until I brought her outta the sands and into the
city. The first work done was giving her turn signals because in LA
traffic, you could kill someone without them.
went on to the engine, choosing a Corvette rebuilt 350
over the original six cylinder because parts are easier to come by.
Then I played with the linkage so the three-on-the-tree would not act
up on a hill.
love my truck. Best thing I ever bought but now I plan to let her go
and begin a new project. Thank God
for boys and their toys!
Los Angeles, CA
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