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Welcome! Please allow me to walk you through the first 4 years of my truck rebuild (2011 through 2015). It's still a work in progress. I'll focus on the highlights to quickly bring you up to date.

This truck was rescued from the crusher in September 2011. It was in far better condition than most 1965 trucks here on the East Coast.

I pulled it home on a tow dolly . The truck was all original right down to the the tag on the carb but the bench seat was missing.

Being "cash poor" right after the purchase but anxious to get started, I first removed the bed . That allowed me access to work on everything behind the cab. With the supervision of a friend, I cleaned and installed new bearings in the rear axle , and rebuilt the rear brakes . The frame was cleaned up to the cab. The rear suspension was cleaned and rebuilt.

Next, attention was turned to rebuilding the front suspension, front brakes, brake lines and a new master cylinder. At the 14 month mark I had the engine running (poorly) and test drove it up the street 1/4 mile but without a bed or working lights.

Tests revealed low compression in 3 of the 6 cylinders of the 88K mile 230ci engine . A search for a replacement engine led me to find a 1966 donor truck with a running 250ci engine. The compression seemed OK so I replaced all the valve seals and painted the 250ci .

The cab was pulled off the frame (a 2 person job) and placed on jack stands so I could strip and clean the metal. Epoxy was applied with a roller to prevent rust. The rockers were replaced and a few small areas patched. The cab was turned on it's back and bed liner was applied as an undercoating.

The engine and cab went back onto the frame and then everything came into the garage. The first 3 years of work was done outside under a shade tree . I repaired the dash with a patch panel cut from another 1964-66 truck. A freshly rebuilt T5 transmission completed the driveline. The windshield, front sheet metal and GMC hood went back onto the truck. I was now able to move the truck under it's own power.

The truck was completely rewired with an American Autowire Classic Update kit. I finally had a driving truck after installing the rebuilt bed .

That's 4 years of work summarized in 9 paragraphs. There's still plenty of work to do. As of November 2015, I have plans to replace the current 250ci engine with a rebuilt 230ci. The truck needs to be sanded and painted inside and out. Then I'll work on upgrades such as front disc brakes, front and rear anti-sway bars and power steering.

You can follow the progress of my rebuild on my BLOG . Updates will be available here too. Thanks for reading.


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Last night I took my truck for it's first real road trip. I drove to see Alvin Chipmunk and meet up with Tramp, two of the finest Stovebolters to have ever turned a wrench. Tramp brought me a freshly rebuilt (4000 miles) 230ci that he removed from his truck when he did a V8 swap. I need a nice inline 6 in the worst way. I drove 210 miles round trip last night. My 250ci burned 3.5 quarts of oil on the trip. Yep! BURNED IT. I have a 1 barrel Rochester B carb and a Camaro T5 and I got 18.5 MPG while cruising at 65-70 MPH the whole way. It was almost all highway miles.
So THIS is the 230ci engine I picked up last night. I parked the truck inside the garage last night to keep the engine out of the weather until I could unload it today. So last night, there were 4 inline Chevy engines in my garage. A 250ci oil burner in the truck engine bay, a 230ci in the bed, a 250ci I bought 3 weeks ago on a dolly and a 230ci that's all torn apart. That makes 4.

The plan is to install the 230ci before Christmas.

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I'm struggling with a carpet installation right now. I couldn't resist paying the seller $5 for some almost new carpet that he removed from a 1973-87 C10 because he didn't like the color. It came with all the padding too so it was a real bargain. Now I'm struggling with fitment. Next on the list is building an engine run stand and then swapping the current oil burning engine for a rebuilt one.

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The last 2 days have been spent cutting up and cleaning steel pieces for the engine run stand I'm building. I'm using some scrap metal that a good friend gave me as well as some new steel. I want to start welding some of the pieces tomorrow.
This is what the completed run stand will look like.
Some of the pieces mocked up.
Scrap sheet metal that I removed from the bed 4 years ago now has a new purpose.
A friend gave me pieces of scrap metal that I cut up into these pieces.

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Not much to report on the truck but I did make progress on my engine run stand. My recently purchased 230ci is on the run stand now. The engine looks great bit I did find a few failed exhaust valve seals. Once the engine has been resealed I'll put it into the truck. Hopefully by February. HERE is a photo.

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Looks good Lug, does that stand feel sufficiently sturdy when you push the engine around on it?


Allen
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Originally Posted by Allen Lane
Looks good Lug, does that stand feel sufficiently sturdy when you push the engine around on it?
Yes, the engine run stand feels very sturdy. The large wheels are a MUST. I have more work to do on the stand to get gauges hooked up and a place for a ground to the battery. Need to paint it too.

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Major step forward last night. I'm done fabricating my engine run stand. I was able to do a short test run of the 230ci that's on the stand and things look good. Here's a video link. http://youtu.be/D6SZjZC-k_M
Next step is to change the exhaust valve seals since several have gone bad. Then change any leaking seals and paint. Then install in the truck by end of February.

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Looks good, nice job!

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Just an update. A week away on vacation and then some bad weather have pushed me right up to my personal deadline of getting my newly rebuilt 230ci swapped into the 1965. I did fix the growling release bearing last week, so it's now a daily driver again. Can hardly wait to get the new seals installed in the 230ci and get it painted. Stay tuned for an update. If you really get curious, just visit my BLOG.

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