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1969 Chevy C-20 Longhorn

Owned by

Chris Michalek
San Diego, California (Go Navy!)

25 February 2008
# 2245

From Chris :

           This is my truck. A 1969 Chevy c-20 Longhorn. It had a 400 small block with a 400TH Tranny. The Longhorn model is one of the more rare around AND this truck also has the DD (dealership display) plates still on it! This truck actually rolled of the show room floor. (Wow, how cool is that ~ Editor)

           I bought the truck for $3000. I paid $2500 cash and traded off a piece of junk VW bug I had. I also had a 1970 Chevy C-20 as a parts truck that I used to get the 69’s lines looking better. I tinkered with her for about a year, but mostly she just sat and gathered some dust. Didn’t drive her to much, because she’s geared at 4:11 in the back and the 400TH just wasn’t letting her come down in rpm’s on the freeway. Finally, I got the time and the cash together to get the project rolling.

           Here are some of the items already done to her:

  • Replaced entire bed with new sheet metal and new frame supports
  • Custom tailgate, smoothed all out with just a notch for the handle
  • Replaced the entire passenger side floor, cab pillar and rocker panel
  • Replaced driver's side rocker panel
  • Welded in fill plates for gas tank doors
  • Seam welded the longhorn seam in the bed
  • Pulled and straightened numerous dents and dings
  • Pulled motor, tranny, driveline, exhaust and all electrical
  • Custom built a new center console (will have all electrical, speakers, cd player, power windows, etc. mounted in it)
  • Custom cowl induction hood from LMC
  • Custom grille all blacked out

           Right now, the truck is finally out to paint with San Diego Classics. These guys are doing wonders to this truck!!! I did all the major bodywork and they’re finishing all the smoothing and making her lines perfect! Getting sand blasted, bedliner sprayed in the bed, firewall, cab floor and thresholds.

           The entire truck is going to be black on black with black race rims. The only chrome will be the grille insert, Chevrolet letters in middle of grille, and all door and tailgate handles.

           I have a 350 4-bolt main engine bored .030 over and built to push 310HP at the rear wheels ready to drop in with a Edelbrock air gap performer intake, Edelbrock 750 carb, all new ignition system and all new parts all around.

           Once I get out of the doghouse with all that money spent, she’s getting a 700r4 Tranny dropped in behind her to compensate those ungodly gears in the rear and a dual 2-1/2 custom exhaust with Flowmaster 70 series to keep her mean, but nice sounding.

           The interior will eventually be charcoal gray with black carpet and black on the center of the seats. The truck will stay the stock height with 33’s all around.

           Here’s the link to all the photos on Photobucket. Enjoy!

Thanks for the time!!!