While some truck owners opt to smooth things out, Robin Bates chose to leave all the stock
Moving to the bodywork, the Utiline bed was massaged to perfection with all of the stock appointments remaining from the tailgate chains to the riveted brackets. Inner wheel houses were modified to accept those large wheels and new wood and polished stainless steel strips finished it off. The cab remains stock too and since this base model truck used precious few emblems, Robin decided to leave all of them in place. After the body was straight Robin blended a silver hue using the paint he distributes, Valspar DeBeer and Matrix Automotive products. Larry Harper and Danny Hawkins handled the bodywork while Don Gary wielded the spray gun.
Inside the truck you will find the same graduation present rolled and pleated seat, and while it is showing some wear Robin just couldn’t bring himself to change the upholstery. New Auto Meter gauges in an engine-turned insert fill the dash and Vintage Air provides modern climate control to the vintage cabin. A Grant steering wheel tops the ididit steering column, completing the interior.
And so the truck was “finished” again, and while it is no longer his daily driver Robin still uses the truck frequently and attends local cruise nights and car shows. This is officially a family truck so you can expect another rebuild in about 20 years. CCT
The cool part about Dodge trucks is there doesn’t seem to be a smooth panel on them; from
Riding on big Billet Specialties Bullet wheels and with the proper rake, Robin Bates’ 1965