Lonny Smith's

1958 Chevrolet Stepside


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27 August 2007 Update
# 1433

From Lonny:

         I have an update for the Gallery. This old truck and I have gotten a LOT closer in the last year. It turns out that the guy that had it before me was good at paint, but not so good at mechanical stuff. I’ve been through all the wiring, brakes, gauges, engine, transmission, pretty much the entire truck except the body -- but now every thing works.

         About the only thing left is the front end --– and it’s not too bad yet. I have a buddy that is trying to convince me to put a clip on it, but that’ll never happen. I’ll probably be re-doing it this winter.

         That old 283 ended up being .060 over and smoked like heck. So I replaced it with a 350 bored .030 over (out of my ’80 Corvette), flat top pistons, 64 cc heads (194 intake, 160 ex), full roller rockers, comp 286 Magnum cam, Holley 650, Edlebrock RPM Air Gap intake, all new internals.

         It had bucket seats when I got it. I couldn’t ever get past having those head rests blocking the view of the big back window, so I changed that, too. Here is a bigger image of the picture above. The seats are out of a late model Ford, re-built and re-covered, of course.

         I drive this old truck to work a couple of days a week, most weekends, and have taken one two lane road trip from here to Minnesota – and back even . The old bird even gets to work a bit!

Lonny Smith
"Avette4me"
Bolter # 10223
Tuttle, Oklahoma


20 February 2006
# 1433

From Lonny:

         Ive been drooling over old trucks since I was a little kid. Found this '58 (same year as me) and now I act like one. Shes not all original, but neither am I so we get along great.

         I originally thought my engine was 327 out of a Camaro. Since I've had it a while now, I have discovered that it has a 283 that may be original! It has good old truck 4 speed. Here's a good picture of the bed, and another of the interior.

         Im really glad I found this site. I do all my own work and am positive that Ill be rootin' through often trying to find a good how to here and there. I hope to even help a little bit around here.

Thanks,

Lonny Smith
"Avette4me"
Bolter # 10223
Tuttle, Oklahoma



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