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Old 01-12-2007, 06:04 PM
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65 Chev c-10---project for 11yr old boy.

About 2+ years ago, my wife's son mentioned that he wanted to drive a pick-up when he got old enough to drive.
Not a Camaro, Firebird, or, any type of foreign hot rod. Just an old truck

As since he has known me (I got him when he was 4 ) I have always had two pick-ups, and a T-Bird.

Now I have 2 pickups (one I bought new when I was 18) and 2 ElCaminos.

Since he is still interested in a pick-up, and I have known about one way out in the boonies (Stockdale, Texas), I finally rounded up the owner and went to have a look-see at this thing. It has not been on the road in over 10 years, so I was not expecting a lot from it when I finally got to see it.

The roof needs some work as it is rusted in a few spots about the rain gutter, but otherwise a great little wideside pick-up. We have another 6 years before he will be able to drive it so I should be able to work on my 66 Elky as well.

This lil truck has a 6-cyl 3-spd and absolutely no dents anywhere. The owner put in a floor shifter and left the column shifter in place .
Aside from the roof issues, the rest of the truck is rust free, never wrecked.
Missing only a couple of mouldings, but they are reproduced .

Have no idea what size the motor is--BUT IT STARTED IMMEDIATELY, with a shot starter fluid----ran smooth. I did not drive at all--not trusting brakes.

Best part of this----cost me next to nothing----in fact NOTHING!
I travel for work a lot and have accumulated many air miles, so I just get him a ticket to Germany. This barely made a dent in my miles, and i don't use em. The guy is a native of Poland and twice a year he goes back to visit.
He even offered his 87 chev c-10 for free, as he knows I'm thinking about 350 install into the 65--eventually.

For the boy---till he is twenty---he will most likely get a late v-6 and 5-spd for the 65,---but will have a SBC waiting for when he has proved himself.

(nice as this truck is------might do a total restore )

Bryan
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Old 01-12-2007, 06:22 PM
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I love to see young kids that want to help work on dads cars.
I have four kids that try to help on my cars.
My eight and ten year old boys are good at doing what I show them.
They can even drive the cars out of the garage.
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Old 01-12-2007, 08:56 PM
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Looks like a nice starter project. Hell, it looks like a nice project period! It's good to hear about a father and son involved in something together. I wish him well.
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That looks like a great project. Good luck with it.
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Old 01-12-2007, 11:27 PM
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Keep us posted. Great stuff to hear!
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:03 AM
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Excellent..........as long as he doen't want to paint it flat black and call it a rat rod........................ .....Actually, it probably would look good flat black...........just no sculls...........

Now..lets talk about those airmiles
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Old 01-13-2007, 07:01 AM
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I bet that boy is on cloud nine. How many 11 year olds can invite their buds over to see THEIR truck. I can't say enough about the importance of sharing this experience together...for both the boy and for YOU.
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Old 01-13-2007, 07:51 AM
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Great find, nice project.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:50 AM
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That's a GREAT find!

If it were me, I'd encourage him to buy an old Tempo / Cavalier or whatever as a "beater", and slowly work on a full frame-off restoration on that old truck.

Help him build it the way the way that HE would eventually want it ... (say with a big block 454 for example )

Bumping around in the old Tempo will teach him humility, but he could put a bumper sticker on it that says "My OTHER vehicle is a Cadillac". The "cool" factor would get him some respect from his friends as well.

I guess I'm suggesting this course because I was a foolish young man who absolutely wrecked a perfectly good 1955 Pontiac at age 16.
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I'm with 66gmc on this. Either put as little money into this as you can and let him use it as a beater or get him a beater to drive and help him fix this up into a hot rod for Special Occasions only. The good thing about your working on it together is the more elbow grease he puts into it the kinder he'll treat it and the less you put in the less upset you'll be if he should get in an accident.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:23 AM
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Nice to hear what you are doing for and with your boy. You will both remember these times forever. Both my son and daughter (29 and 30) still talk about working on our cars together. My daughter still calls me every year to go to the local car show together and both are really interested in the Nashty. I wish they lived closer so they could help me with this one. Now you just have to get your wife out there helping as well.
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That's so cool that you located a truck for him it already looks good im sure he loves it keep up the good work Dad please keep us up-dated on how it's coming along.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:59 PM
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Thats one lucky lad. I wish my pop had an interest in that stuff when I was a kid.

Sweet find. Don't get "almost free" stuff like that around here. I love the air miles trick...the barter system is the best.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:08 AM
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Great find!!! Leave the straight 6 in it. A little bore job, some go fast chrome on it, cam, header. OH YEA!!!!! You can make a strraight 6 really run, and it is different. On the 67-72 truck site there are quite a few guys now keeping the original 6's, and dropping the trucks down. It kind of looks like a new trend for cruising.
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:43 PM
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Well, one day last week, me & 2 others made arrangements to pick this truck up this afternoon.
Had no idea God was gonna turn So. Texas into a cold swamp today
I have been somewhat under the weather the last few days (way uncommon),
however, arrangements were made and I had to go get it.
I was brought up in SE Idaho, so cold weather is not really an issue with me, but being sick, cold and wet is no fun at all.
Even the tractor could get no traction to pull it away from the tree.

So----in order to avoid the "cold weather" assaults from those of you north of the USA border, and those around the lakes, I went ahead and picked it up anyway. (NOT BEING A PANSY)

Gonna wait till it dries out before we go get the 82 (brakes/steering donor)(BEING A PANSY))

Gonna go nap in a minute
Feels like death is emminant

Bryan
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