Richard Seiwert's

1965 C-10 Fleetside 4 x 4

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07 December 2000

From Richard:

      I purchased this vehicle form a friend who lives in Indiana. Originally this '65 was a two wheel drive truck and slammed to the ground. One could barely get a closed fist under the frame. The power train at the time of purchase was a BIG block Chevy with a turbo 400 transmission. This lovely '65 is now powered by a completely rebuilt small block Chevy 350ci, and turbo 350 transmission.

      From this point on I will give you some of the highlights of my '65. This way you can be judge, and have your own opinion, but I would guess that you will have to agree she is “One Nice '65.”

      The custom paint on this truck starts out in black and has yellow, orange and red flames trimmed in blue pinstripes. The paint is fresh and is definitely show quality. The body is very straight and is without any rust. Both bumpers, grill, headlight trim and stainless steel trim is new along with the wood floor in the bed. All lenses and tinted glass are in good condition and all window seals and rubber trim are new.

      The interior color is black and everything in the interior either looks like new or is new. The cloth “FloFit” bucket seats and console are new and custom made along with the upholstered door panels and under dashboard panels. The dashboard has been customized to house the “Autometer” gages that also include the “Monster Tach” and prolite. The automatic transmission is shifted by a “Hurst Quarter Stick” shifter. There is new carpeting and custom stainless steel trim throughout. Power steering and power brakes have been added. The sound system consists of a “Kenwood” am-fm stereo cassette player, two 720 amps and four speakers.

      The drivetrain is custom built for this truck. The 350 cubic inch four bolt main block has been bored .60 over and houses the “272 Crane” camshaft and forged pistons. Also added are the closed chamber heads, “Pete Jackson” gear drive, polished “Edelbrock” intake manifold with 600 CFM “Holley” carb. “Moroso” made the chrome oil pan, pickup, and pump. “March” billet pulley and bracket kit were added along with many chrome accessories. The vintage air conditioning and custom-made fan shroud have been added. The transmission is a 350 automatic with a 2200 stall speed converter and both motor and transmission are like new in every way possible. The dual batteries, four core radiator and “205 New Process” transfer case are new.

      The custom built suspension with rear ladder bars and “Trailmaster” shocks and dual steering stabilizers is all new. The front disc brakes and rear drum brakes are all new. The “Corporate” 10 bolt front axle and “Corporate” 12 bolt rear axle with 373 gears have been custom built. The exhaust system starts with new “Dyno Max Jet” coated headers into 2 ½ inch aluminum pipes with “Flowmaster” mufflers. Both “Weld-Kim” Scorpio style 56 15x12 wheels and 15x35x12.50 tires are new.

      The windows are original and have been etched to depict a desert scene. This is truly a one-of-a-kind custom-built truck. This '65 has been photographed by three national magazines and received several first place awards at a number of four wheel drive off road national event in the pre-'67 class.

      More photos of my '65 Chevy, to include the following areas: interior, engine compartment, and exterior, can be seen at Richard Seiwert's Chevy Pickup.

      I can not take all the credit for my endeavors in this project, as my brother “Andy” has been there with me through those times when I wanted to quit. I have taken my brother through a lot in his life, and he has always been there for me, which I will always cherish those moments and memories. Andy does have a vehicle of his own Andy Seiwert's Chevrolet 1/2-Ton which is also in excellent condition, it is a 1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton. This vehicle is all original form bumper to bumper another very nice vehicle in our family.

Richard Seiwert

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