A C10 That Knows a Good Deal
Garry Beightol from Montevideo, Minnesota, sent us shots of his '65 Chevy along with the story behind it. We'll let Garry take it from here.
"Back in 2003 I picked up the Rocky Mountain newspaper and went to the classified pages. I found an ad for a 1965 Chevy C10, stepside, shortbox, all original pickup. My wife and I went to take a look. Boy was it original. The windshield was broken, bed floor all but gone, seat torn, rusty front fenders both inner and outer. It looked like someone had gotten in a fight with the top of the tailgate. Well, we struck a deal and the next day I drove it home with the High Torque 230 straight six and three speed on the tree. No syncro's into first.
"My plan over the years was to bring it back totally original and then my wife sent me out for a furnace filter. Our dog Cookie and I set out to find an out of the ordinary furnace filter and ended up being sent to an industrial park area in Arvada, CO. Didn't find the filter but ran across a business called Colorado Engines with a sign out front that said 'Chevy V8's On Sale'. I had a short conversation with Cookie and she said it was alright to stop and see what they were talking about. Well, they had two engines left from a special purchase and we struck a deal. When I went back to take a look at the engine, I saw that they had a number of stalls and a crew working on a number of vehicles. So, we struck another deal on the engine swap for the '65.
"A couple of weeks later I called and asked if they would check to see what a new 700R4 transmission would cost. We struck a deal on that. Later we figured with the new power train that we should update the brakes to disc up front and we struck a deal. I called back later and suggested 2 1/2-inch drop spindles up front and 3-inch shorter coils in the back and another deal was struck. When the job was completed and I drove it for awhile, I called and asked about power steering and we struck yet another deal.
"Time went on and my wife and I moved to Minnesota and built our retirement home with a very nice heated shop for my toys. This is where I met Craig Godfrey, who owns Midwest Collision and Glass in Montevideo, MN. He showed me some of his work, including his own 1964 SS Chevelle. I asked if he would be interested in painting my truck. He asked to see the truck first. I showed him the truck and we struck a deal. He would work on it between insurance jobs. I selected Viper Red and Vanilla Shake and I explained how I would like the paint scheme to look when he was finished. He worked on the truck for over a year and as you can tell by the pictures, it was well worth the wait.
"During the time in the paint shop, I struck another deal. I got my name put on the list with a local upholstery shop, Olson's Upholstery, in Montevideo. They did a great job on the original bench seat and also reupholstered a couple of old over-the-back headrests that were in the truck when I purchased it. I myself cut and finished the wood for the bed, but the result of the truck is due to the hard work of three very good businesses and the plan I had in my head."
Sounds like a good deal all around!
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