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#1500359 Wed May 10 2023 06:46 PM
Joined: Oct 2021
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I've had my '62 shortbed 235/3 in the tree about 1 1/2 yrs. The body and frame are in excellent condition and the engine snd tranie were rebuilt by the previous owner. I was very surprised how nicely it drove but driving on Boston area roads filled with 4 wheel lunatics the drum brakes are a bit scary. I bought it to tow a race car, pick stuff up and dump runs, you know pickup truck stuff. My original plan was to upgrade the I6 with fuel injection, a turbo and stout internals but in the end I would say I chickened out and decided to go the easy root and have a nice small block built so I am new and eventually when I'm done stoveboltless.

Last edited by Peggy M; Thu May 25 2023 01:11 AM. Reason: added more info to the title
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Welcome! You will likely get 7 different answers from 5 people if you ask "the best" way to meet your needs.

We have a number of forums for discussing individual aspects of your project.

My personal recommendation would be to get your brakes amd steering sorted out before going down the engine upgrade/replacement path. You might consider dropping a post over in HiPo if you are interested in some discussion on either upgraded/power brake or engine options.

Have any pictures of your current setup? We love pictures...

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1958 Apache, long bed Fleetside, V8 w/SM420
Driveable but the rear axle needs work.

1959 Apache, long bed Fleetside that has been in the family for 25 years but in desperate need of love.
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Originally Posted by lnirenberg
I bought it to tow a race car, pick stuff up and dump runs, you know pickup truck stuff.

Not sure how much reading you've done on the site, but you might enjoy some spots that come to mind when you mention "race car." Mark Smith, who is one of our esteemed Moderators, had a big thread in the Project Journals. He has a gig at the race track, pushing the racers on the track. Got a picture with a little of the story in the Stovebolts at Work 2023 calendar. Mark is the Moderator for Panels & Burbs, and The Tool Chest.

And another spot to read would be to punch in at the '60 - '66 group in the Parking Lot.

Welcome. Hope to hear some more, and as Fibonachu said: pictures?? pix

Peggy M
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Welcome !

62 C10 owner here as well . Still has its 235 and 3-tree too. Had her since January. Brakes are a definite concern of mine as well.

Some people like a new truck . I liked the old ones 😁👍🇺🇸
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Welcome to the 'bolt... even an upgraded Stovebolt is considered a 'bolt..

Another quality post.
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Welcome to the ‘Bolt! Nice start to your project. We would love it, if you expanded a bit on both your story/history, your goals and what you have already accomplished on restoring your truck.

And of course please post pictures. We ‘Bolters love pictures. Again, welcome to the forums! Instructions on how to post images are on the bottom of the left margin on this page.

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I will 2nd, 3rd, 4th (whatever - haha) everyone's Welcome to the 'Bolt! wave

Absolutely got to get some pictures of your truck posted for everyone to see please. With that note in mind, check out this helpful video from Mod klhansen that gives great instructions on how to "caption" and post your pictures!

Looking forward to reading/seeing more about you and your truck in here and further conversations in the Tech forums as you are ready to ask them. thumbs_up



1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finally time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!

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