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Owned by Hunter Mantz
Bolter # 23325
Troy, IL

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in the DITY Gallery

21 February 2010
# 2762

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From Hunter :

Hey! Although I just recently got my permit (I'm 15), I've been working on this old truck since I was about 12 (with Dad's help, of course). It was a birthday present from my grandparents. I kind of traded it for a '74 full size J10 jeep, but unofficially.

This truck has come a long way. The original 235 straight six was laying on its side in the hay barn with the spark plugs out, so I rebuilt it. It has no miles on it right now. I need a clutch fork, slave cylinder, and throw-out bearings to get it on the road (assuming luck favors my hand).

The chassis has 40,000 miles on it. We did a bunch of chassis work, spent way too much time cleaning it.

This truck sat in the barn with a 327 v8 in it for years. My Uncle wanted the engine back when they gave it to me. I'd rather have the original 235 anyway.

The purple color is how it came to me. A horse stood on the hood, so it's dented a bit. I hit most of it back out. Just bought a new front bumper and a rear bumper is on the way.

Does anyone know if custom bumpers were stock on the truck? Mine had a pretty heavy duty step on it. It mates right up, but has weld spots and diamond plating. I think someone down the line just did a good job.

The truck needs a new tailgate and, I'm afraid, new wood for the bed. When I first got the truck, I stepped on the bed to take all the spare parts into the garage and my foot went through.

I'm undecided on what color to paint it when I get the cash to finish. I like the purple though -- good chance it'll stay this same color, but less roughed up.

My plan is to have it flawless by senior year. All in good time. Other than the paint, It's got matching serial numbers. I'm trying to keep it original as possible. Although Seafoam green paint is a turn off. If you know anything about it, please tell me. I know very little performance / price wise. I just built it back up!


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