Though I've posted a couple times under general forum, thought it's about time to get some pics up and a few words in.
And what better way to debut yourself then to publicly announce behavior that one or two folks might characterize as insane...
I'm about to embark on a 2600 mile 3 day roundtrip roadtrip from Tampa FL to Paxton MA in a 1960 Chevrolet Apache 10 Shortbed Fleetside 235 4 speed.http://s780.photobucket.com/albums/yy89/bigwildhair/1960%20Apache%2010/
Purchased 24 February 2002.
Gorgeous paintwork already done though unbeknownest to me, much of the mechanicals were about to have my greasy fingerprints all over them. I took it back to OEM (the PO was running some wide short 60's and had cut the rear springs and unwound the front torsions). Though initially tempted with the sirens of a 350 SBC, I stayed with the orig Stovebolt which has largely remained untouched. I just installed a progressive 2 bbl carb (Thank You Langdon's Stovebolts!) to replace a leaky Rochester. I searched and finally found/installed the biggest used period correct radiator to keep things cool. The instrument panel was swapped for one featuring full gauges and they all work except for the tach. And though I don't mind setting dwell/timing and messing with breaker points, I went Pertronix breakerless ignition with no problems to date (unless this has something to do above regarding my motionless OEM tach.
The power goes through the gears of an SM420 I recently swapped in complete with correct driveshaft, floor cover and steering column collar. I did take liberties with the shift knob, swapped for an 8 ball shifter crafted myself from a real pool ball (hmmm, what to do with the other 14...)
At the business end, a 3.38:1 ring & pinion gets me down the road. It'll cruise without drama @ 70. I've briefly danced on the dark side of 80 but at that point it's screaming. It's shod with BFG radial TA 255/70 rear & 235/70 front on 15 inch "smoothies". I did retain the orig 15x5 wheels complete with OEM chrome hubcaps.
Of course, all the other incidentals (brakes, water pump, generator, clutch master/slave cylinders, battery) have been rehabbed as well to OEM spec.
Couple months ago, I found my Holy Grail, The Chrome Grille!
Down the road:
Convert to Stepside bed. (match my daily driver '95)
I grew up in Northeast WI, learned to drive on my dad's '66 longbed 283 3 speed. In HS I drove a clapped out '64 C20 with a $100 6 cyl engine transplanted from a Chevy Nova. It did sport the optional SM420 4 speed w/driveshaft mounted park/emergency brake. That handbrake helped me avoid a couple OMG's as well allowing for an ontime arrival for a job interview when the regular brakes failed (yes, I did get the job)
It's a good thing I like to wrench and that these trucks afford accessibility and relative maintainability and affordability.
And it's a good thing Stovebolt.com is here! Technically, socially and historically; Second to None!
Oh, almost forgot...the reason I'm about to drive a 50 yr old pickup truck 2600 miles? To go pick up some 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire car parts. (my other affliction to shiny metal...)
I'll bring my canon powershot with to record and share the adventure.