I just got it only 3 weeks ago, and I honestly can't wait to get up every day, because of it. It's a wonderful truck ... I bought it for $8,750 ... out of Humble, Texas ... had it transported up to New Jersey for $900 ... gave it to my mechanic and had the gas tank repaired (it's mounts broke during transport), hooked up the heater (and it worked!), and had to replace the 2 front Cragars (they were bent), and 2 new front tires ... I spent about $1000 tweaking it up ... my mechanic and his partner wanted to buy it from me! They said "everything on this truck was done right" - that made me really happy. I think I got an amzing deal for the price. The frame is true and VERY clean, too. And no rust anywhere.
It came with a 12-bolt Chevelle rear (mid-70s) ... 350 Turbo tranny - mid-70s (which had a warped pan, so I replaced it with an aluminum racing pan) and the 350 Small Block (mid-70s) all have about 19,000 miles on 'em ... plus :
Edelbrock Intake Manifold
Quadrajet Carb with electric choke & pull-off
Block Hugger Headers / dual exhaust
Mild Hyd Cam
Gear Drive ...
The rear wheels are 15" ... fronts are 14" ... and the front end is a Fat Man Mustang II with tubular A-arms (upper & lower) ... 11" brake rotors & calipers from an '82 Monte Carlo ... manual rack ... and a '75 Caddy tilt/tele steering column.
Also - I love this - the gas tank (30 gals!) was moved to where the spare tire is usually stored and they did a real nice job of putting the fill spout and door in the rear fender.
The interior is pretty nice - all button-tufted, but old and tired looking. However, I love doing interiors, so I'll be having fun with that once the warmer weather starts up - and you can bet I'll be posting pictures here, every step of the way. The best part, is the interior has panels throughout! I mean, the roof, top/back left & right corners, behind the seat -- no metal areas at all, so it'll be pretty easy for me to re-do it all.
There are NO interior lights, and the wiring is pretty poor -- the headlights and taillights were rewired, but everything else under the dash is totally bad news, plus the fuse box is dead on one whole side. So my 1st project this Spring is to get an EZ-Wire kit and completely rewire the truck.
I also am gonna put a vibration dampener on the steering column -- too much road vibration getting transferred. I'll be doing that in a week or so.
Also, the doors need new weather stripping and seals and adjustments ... they aren't too bad, but they can be way better.
Oh, yeah ... the vacume wipers were a REAL joke! So I put an electric conversion kit in and the wipers work great now - plus I have 2 speeds, too!
I decided to buy this instead of a new car (I hate new cars) ... so this is my "daily driver" and what a blast it is to drive around -- everyone is WAY more courteous to me on the road ... I constantly get compliments and thumbs-up from other drivers and all the kids in the neighborhood wave and shout "YES!!" when I drive by. LOL! It's so cool!
Phew! Well, you asked, bro' ... and there it is (I think).
Now ... tell me about YOURS!
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