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1961 Chevy C-10 Fleetside


Owned by

Cole Spence
Huntington Beach, California

26 November 2007
# 2136

From Cole :

           Hey there. I finally got the truck I always wanted, and here it is. My truck is a 1961 C-10 Fleetside. It has a small block V-8 350. I never had a classic vehicle until now.

          The previous owner put in a 350. It has the original 350-Turboglide tranny. It has original drum brakes all around. It has the original wood bed.

          It was originally Chevy blue and white. The PO tried to paint it black and white (as seen in pictures) but did a terrible job of it. I plan to re-do that. I plan on keeping it primer flat black and white until I have finished the entire truck.

          Once the engine is gone through, and complete, the plan is to have 350 hp. Once the interior is finished, the plan is that it will be mostly black with white accents. Then, i'm going to re-finish the wood in the bed, and stain it a dark red. Only then will I give the truck a "real" paint job. I will stay with the color scheme as is, but it will be nice sealed paint, no longer just primer.

          I am currently in the process of helping a friend rebuild a 307 so I can borrow it. I'm going to swap the 350 for the 307 and begin giving the 350 the love it needs to go back to zero-miles condition. No matter what it takes! Then I'll swap back.

          Other than that, the rest is dreams and little "to-do" notes in the back of my mind.

           I like the color scheme and how it look in black and white photos. You'd think it was 1961 again! It doesn't get any better than those "rocket engine pods" on the hood, the distinctive grille and, of course, the knee knocker dash. I think you're wise to go to satin black and not just primer, as the primer is still porous and like you said is not sealed properly. You might be new to vintage vehicles but it sounds like you've got it all figured out. Keep up the good work. Sounds like you've got a great plan. ~~ Mike "Burgandybolt" Allen, Stovebolt Welcome Panel Wagon