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Hello from SE PDX! *
#496149 Thu Jan 22 2009 03:31 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 9
Oregoon Offline OP
New Guy
Hey, I'm Fitz, 35, father of two, trucker, perpetual grad student, freelance writer, skateboarder, surfer, ninja, wizard, pirate, and as my old lady tells me, royal pain in neck.

I've been an armchair rodder ever since the 3rd grade, when I saw an Anglia with big back tires ripping across the Thurso River Bridge in my hometown in Scotland. My love for cars was cemented in the fourth grade, when I met my oldest friend in the world, who grew up in a body shop and to this day, lives, breathes, and sleeps for cars.

Over the years, I've owned a variety of projects, none of which came anywhere near completion, but all of which were drivers of some sort. I've had a '57 Willys Truck with a Buick Wildcat under the hood, a '73 Travelall, '75 Cherokee, '64 Bug, '69 and '70 VW Busses, '84 Landcruiser, '70 Volvo... All fun enough, I guess, but not bought because they were what I wanted, but because they were good deals.

Nope, what I'd always wanted was a two-wheel drive truck, Chevy, Ford, or Dodge, done in the mud-spattered hillbilly-hotrod style of the rigs I grew up around on the farms and in the foothills west of Portland. And if it was a weird variant like a panel, suburban, or crew cab, even better!

Flash forward to a sunny Thursday, three months ago when I spotted a relatively straight '66 Carryall on Portland CL. She's an ex State of California Highway truck, with 189,000 overall miles, a 292, SM420, 3/4 ton radiator, factory posi and a 4:11 12 bolt. I have copious receipts dating to the mid 'seventies, including an engine rebuild 32,000 miles ago--in 1984! According to the oil-change data, and the prior owner (a decent, though weird old guy), the truck basically sat ever since, with occasional trips around town. Pictures here:

Needless to say, an hour or two after spotting it, I drove it home for $900.

I've done cap, rotor, points, condensor, plugs, wires, timing, carb rebuild, alternator, regulator, starter and wheel bearings already, and she's running great. Easily the best running inliner I've ever owned, or driven, for that matter.

Of course, I've still got plans and ideas. Already found a '77 disc front end with dropped spindles, and a '71 rear with 307 gears (for better highway driving). I've got a few more parts to collect, and it's swapping time. I'm shooting for an industro-custom look, and definitely keeping that 292!

Naturally I have questions, so a fellow HAMBer and Chevy Truck Aficianando clued me into the 60-66 board, which in turn led me here. And it seems like a great place to field my brain-dead queries. Plus, I don't want to strain my oldest friendship too greatly...

Thanks in advance for your help!

Last edited by J Lucas; Sun Feb 15 2009 09:59 PM.
Re: Hello from SE PDX!
Oregoon #496188 Thu Jan 22 2009 04:25 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,183
Oregoon: other sites are good but the Stovebolt site is the BEST!! Welcome aboard. There are folks around with your same style truck. Lots of knowledge and resources.
Nice find. I love the seats!
Here in my state it would look good painted grey with the highway insignia on the door and a blue light on top smile

Hope you enjoy your stay here.

1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: Hello from SE PDX!
Achipmunk #496239 Thu Jan 22 2009 05:38 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 715
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Welcome to the 'bolt, Oregoon cool

You have neat plans for your 'burb & you seem to be pulling it together nicely...

It is very good that you have a "supremely tolerant wife"... You will go far wave

'54 3100

Re: Hello from SE PDX!
MexicoSab #496276 Thu Jan 22 2009 06:41 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 1,807
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Nice rig, and it's in great shape. Welcome to the "Bolt".


J Lucas

1941 Chevy 1/2-Ton
1942 Chevy 1.5-Ton SWB
1959 Chevy Apache 31 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Apache 32 Fleetside
1959 Chevy Viking 40

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Re: Hello from SE PDX!
J Lucas #496331 Thu Jan 22 2009 01:04 PM
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 373
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Welcome to the Stovebolt, Oregoon. wave

Terry K.

1951 5 window 1/2 ton

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Re: Hello from SE PDX!
27Capitol #496371 Thu Jan 22 2009 03:48 PM
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 4,861
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welcome Oregoon, nice burb you got yourself. This is THE place to be.

Re: Hello from SE PDX!
1953 panel #496433 Thu Jan 22 2009 06:12 PM
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 951
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Re: Hello from SE PDX!
BC52 #496772 Fri Jan 23 2009 04:35 PM
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Posts: 912
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Welcome, Oregoon, glad to have you on site!

Re: Hello from SE PDX! *
Oregoon #1071000 Mon Dec 01 2014 06:52 AM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 9
Oregoon Offline OP
New Guy
Whoa! Six years later and I'm working on a '74 GMC with a 250.

The 'burb's valve-issues were straightened out, and the truck got sold so I could put a downpayment on a house.

Then, a '66 Brand-X truck with a 240-cid found its way to the driveway, but was sold off due to my desire for another 'bolt.

So, I'm back, wiser, older, and my inline-six affliction remains unhealed, though some GM therapy is truly helping...

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