1962 Chevrolet Pickup Truck
Did you say CHEVROLET?
16 June 2008
From Paul :
I guess I have you confused as to what year my newest truck is, or even if it is a GMC or Chevy. I have called it a few names -- not so nice -- while engineering some of the details. But, the info on the cab plate is what I use to get a tag. It says this is a 1962 Chevrolet.
This project is a lot like my 1964 Chevrolet Stepside that's in the Gallery. This truck's mission was to help get rid of the many parts that have piled up.
The cab was not slated to be used, since it was on a long bed frame. A few weeks later, I bought a 1963 short-bed (basket case) with a very rusty cab. So I put the 1962 cab on the 1963 frame [ pix ]. Then I decided to make a complete truck.
I had the new rocker panels and cab corners someone had pop-rivited on a 1966 GMC I bought for parts. I welded them on the 1962 cab. Now I had the start of a truck!
The front cab mounts are about six inches in on the '63 frame. So the ones on the long-bed frame had to be cut and welded to the '63 frame. This put the front gravel pan about two inches too high. So the mount rivits had to be cut and the mounts lowered an inch and a half and welded to the frame. The rear cab mounts stayed the same.
The bed came off a 1965 short-bed Stepside. The engine is a 305 v8 [ pix ] with a pulling cam, high-rise intake and 650 cfm v4 carb and headers. Keeps up with the traffic very well.
The hood is off a 1961 Spartan Fire Rescue Truck and the grille is from a 1966 GMC.
Other parts are from various trucks that have been junked. Johnny Cash's "one piece at a time" Cadillac doesn't have much on this truck.
I still think this is a great site and I have told many people about it. Keep up the good work.