Jim Tugwell from West Plains, sent us the story of Ol’ Red, the ’67 Chevy longbed Stepside his father bought in 1974 and gave to Jim in 1979.
“I’ve heard many people say they wished they had kept the first vehicle that they ever owned and so I’ve done just that.
“My father used it as a work truck and I did the same until 2005. I’ve been known to stack wood up to the top part of the back window and think nothing of it.
“Ol’ Red was initially a C10 with a 250 straight-6 and three-on-the-tree transmission. She was nothing fancy at all.
“In 1984, Ol’ Red got a heart transplant at 280,000 miles when I placed a 327 under the hood. The engine had just been rebuilt—bored out 0.040 over with 11.25:1 pistons, camel hump heads, Corvette oil pump, and a little cam of 465 lift 290 duration.
“By 2005, she had 310,000 miles. My friend, Jimmy Thompson, and I got started on the frame-off restoration. Jimmy, a lot like my father, doesn’t believe in doing things halfway, for which I’m grateful. It took a little over three years to complete it and I think she turned out great. Many people think that I am crazy for doing a long wheelbase and thought that I should have turned her into a short wheelbase. I stuck to my guns for a couple of reasons. For one, this is the first truck my father gave me. Secondly, you don’t see too many of these restored or modified.
“Exterior modifications include shaved drip rails, chrome bumpers and grille, one-piece side windows, LED Cadillac taillights in bed stake pockets, 17x8-inch Coy wheels, new steel scooped hood, 16-guage steel inside and outside the bed, new bed wood, and rounded bed corners. The paint is PPG Scarlet Red single stage.
“The 327 was treated to an Edelbrock intake and carb, and HPC Headers with 2.5-inch exhaust pipes to Borla mufflers. The complete exhaust system HPC coated. Transmission is a 4L60 automatic.
“The chassis features 12-inch front disc brakes, 2-inch dropped spindles, and 2-inch dropped springs in front with 4-inch HD dropped springs in the rear.
“The bucket seats are out of an ‘03 Chrysler LHS. The center console was modified out of a Jaguar XJ6 along with the Jaguar’s door handles. Other iInterior upgrades include a billet aluminum dash and glove box door, Ultraleather upholstery, Lecarra steering wheel, ididit steering column, Autometer gauges, Lokar shifter, and Vintage Air A/C. The Alpine stereo and speakers include a 10-inch subwoofer powered by a 250-Watt Memphis Amp.
“Unfortunately, my father passed away in 2005 and never got to see the truck as she is today; however, I keep his memory alive with the truck and like to think that he would be mighty proud of how she looks today.”CCT
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