1940 Chevy KC
Adding my baby to the site
My truck is a 1940 KC that has been " rodded ", with a 355 GM Performance crate motor, roller rockers, cam, edelbrock intake and Holley double pumper carb, ceramic coated headers, etc. Trans. is a TH 350 with a shift kit, and rear-end is from a '56 chev car - 3.42 gears and posi. Front end is a Mustang 2, with 9" Granada disc brakes, and a power rack. Rear brakes are drum. Wheels are Torquer 2 style - 17", with 275 rubber all around.
History: I purchased the truck in 2004 after looking for a number of years. It started its life on a Dairy Farm near San Francisco. Fellow I purchased it from bought it from the farmer in 1960, slid in a camper, and took the family camping thru Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado in the " stock " truck. He dropped in a 327 HiPo motor from a '66 Chevelle, added the 350 trans, and rear-end in the mid seventies, retired to Oregon in '94, and had the stock front end swapped out for the Mustang 2 setup. When I bought the truck it was in pretty sad shape. Motor was burning oil and knocking, filler in fenders was cracking, interior was shot. I thought I would just pretty it up with a new paint job and mechanical stuff...HA HA HA ! Spoke to a friend who owns a body shop. He convinced me that throwing a coat of paint over the problems was a waste of money - that I had something pretty unique, and should do it right. So, I tore her down to the bare frame, stripped the body to bare metal. Luckily, body was in decent shape with only a bit of rust on the cab corners front and rear. Front fenders were OK / rear fenders were beat to heck !. Had 1" filler everywhere, and bad rust. I ended up finding a set that were a little better and having body guy fix them. Motor was stripped and rebuilt ( replaced with 355 2018 ), trans and rear-end got a going thru, sent cab & body parts out for painting. Box was shot - totally beat up, tail gate bent and rusted. Found a local sheetmetal shop that reproduced the bed sides and front panel, and bought a tailgate. Had an Upholstery Shop redo the existing seats and interior, put her all back together, and a mere 3.5 years later, and much more $$$ than I had ever imagined, we are back on the road.
It was worth every cent, and hour spent. We love the truck, hit as many shows as we can in the summer, have met some great people along the way.......
Last edited by Britcon; Fri May 27 2022 07:42 PM. Reason: Add pics