1964 Chevy C-10 SWB Stepside
12 May 2008 Update
From Lyall :
At the last post, I had purchased a parts truck in Tennessee to help in the restoration of my current project. Well… scrap that! At Cruisin’ the Coast in October 2007, our lives changed – for the better. A good friend of mine from our church, Michael Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport, was attending Nashville Auto Diesel College and was trying to find a “project” for graduation. Jokingly, I handed him the keys to my truck, and said, “If you can get this approved, I’ll bring it.” Monday morning the call came in and the rest is history.
The truck was dropped off in Nashville, Tennessee two days before Thanksgiving and they started working on it in mid-December. This adventure started with a miss-matched truck -- teal-green hood, soda-blasted doors and a red primer bed. The hood came on traded parts from fellow Bolter -- V6ModelMan -- and the bed came from my neighbor's 1957 Apache. Check out this picture! I can only imagine the thoughts going through people’s minds when they saw this on the road!?!?
The truck received / needed tons of attention to bring it back to life. Kevin and a few other students had to cut out the floors ( pic ), the rockers ( pic - BEFORE: driver's side / passenger rocker cut out / AFTER: driver's side / passenger floor, rocker and corner ), the cab corners, fill in the gas hole on the cab ( pic ), replace the lower door buckets and patch miss-matched speaker holes. They straightened the bumper horns, patched the front of the rear fenders -- all to be replaced with brand new sheet metal!!! Tons of welding to fill in a series of at least eight different mirrors on the drivers door alone, holes in the hood, plus other areas of abuse. They had their hands full to say the least.
In three short months (Dec to Mar), the "Boys 64" came home a brand new truck! All the rust is gone. All the new panels are in place and it has a killer paint job that even glows in the shade ( pic ). We are still trying to decide on a graphic or pinstripe to add to the paint job, but we can do that later. For now, I will get to work putting the new wiring harness in from EZ Wiring, my gauges, new glass all the way around, my interior, my stereo and everything else to get her back on the road. This will be our third and best year at Cruisin' the Coast!!!
Here are some slide shows I prepared on Photobucket. Hope yo enjoy them:
My sincere appreciation to God for answering our prayers and having a fellow Christian Brother work on the truck. A special thanks to Kevin, Chad and Sam for their superb work on our truck and to Tommy and Steve who allowed us to stay late at NADC on the day we picked up the truck. You guys ROCK! God Bless!
Look for more updates as the Boys 64 hits the road!!
03 September 2007
From Lyall :
I want to submit my info for the Gallery. This is my 1964 Chevrolet C-10 Short wheel base Stepside pickup truck.
We purchased the truck in 2004 from a retired Navy Seabee (U.S. Navy Construction Force). This truck was steal ... at the time. Looks are definitely deceiving as well as power train combos. The 350/350 was trashed. Here's the before photo!
Our restoration started full steam in early 2005 with the goal of having it on the road for Cruisin' the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. But a little lady named Katrina delayed that!
So, we got started again in 2006 and went down to the frame and back up. I believe in the old adage - function before form and it has worked out nicely.
The truck has a new 350 crate with a Comp Cam in it, new Edelbrock intake and carb, headers, totally new brake system (still drum until cash-flow allows the upgrade), new wheels and tires, rebuilt TH350, gas tank under the bed, new seats from 2003 Tahoe.
The body still needs some help, but in February I acquired a donor truck from Tennessee for future use.
The truck rides great and has a great sound.
This project has brought us together on a project and my boys (ages 4 and 6) love it! My wife named the truck "Boys 64" after her boys ... me included.
Look for updates.
Love those father-mother / son-daughter stories! Katrina was anything but a lady to you all down in the Gulf. Glad you still have the truck, not only in one piece but definitely with some great progress. ~~ Editor