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16 November 2009
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From Ray :
Here is the short story behind my 1966 Chevy C-10. I am wanting to transform this old truck into a show truck.
I was bidding on this Chevy on eBay (without tell my wife, of course). The bidding ended two days early for some reason. So I was caught being the highest bidder. I called the gentleman selling the truck to see if he wanted to repost it and he said no, that he would accept my bid of $330. Two days later I told my wife (she was not happy, and said it was a piece of junk.)
I had to go to Georgia to get pick up the truck and bring her home to Ohio. So I paid more to go get the truck than what the truck cost.
This all happened in December 2007 and January 2008. So when I got her home, I put her in the garage to clean her up and to see what I had or hadn't. As you can see from the pictures, I have a good bit of work to do. But this is not my first frame off redo. In 1997 I did a frame up on my 1980 Chevy Long Bed.
As for upgrades, I want to install tubular A-arms just for better handling. I want to keep the stance stock, but put the widest rims and tires t that will fit on it.
There wasn't an engine in it when I bought it, so I'm going to start out with a Pontiac 350 big block. The choice was easy, because I already have it and I really like my GM big blocks. It will also come in handy, as I plan to participate in Burn Out contests with it.
The front end will remain stock as far as for the grille and bumper. On the rear I'm planning on going with a roll pan.
As for the interior, I'm going with bucket seats out of a 1999 GMC Sierra that already have seat belts. Power steering and a tilt column is also in the works, as I kept the column out of the Firebird that donated the engine.
Plans also include putting the gas tank in between the rear frame rails, and upgrading the electricals.
Last, but not least, I'm going to put four wheel disc brakes with power assist on her also.
Eventually, she will probably be a daily driver in the summer months here in Ohio. I'll upload the pictures of the engine to my Photobucket site in a couple of days. It's all disassembled on the engine stand right now waiting to go to the machine shop for a good cleaning and to be checked out.
As already noted, I'm going to do as many upgrades as I can afford. I figure it will take me at least five years to complete her. If all goes well, I hope to get started after the first of the year. My wife has already picked out the paint for her (atomic orange from Kirker). She is coming around to the old girl.
I'll post updates once I get started.