Gary Binge of Fairfax, Virginia, sent us the story of his ’68 Chevy.
“I’ve owned my “Pair-A-Dice” for eight years. It’s originally a Texas truck that I bought from a classic car/truck place in the Southern Illinois. I found it in pretty much the shape you see it. I didn’t want anything tacky or over-the-top so I went with simple and complementary to the overall paint scheme of the truck.
“I replaced the ’77 350 that came with the truck with a GM Performance Parts 350—it made more sense financially to do it that way. It has an Edelbrock Perfomer manifold and 600cfm carb and Hedman ceramic headers with 2½-inch stainless steel exhaust and Hooker Aerochamber mufflers. An extremely reputable hot rod shop close to me did the engine install, and a very good tranny shop did a complete R&R on the TH350 transmission.
“I’m using Early Classic Enterprises 2-inch lowering springs and shocks to get it out of the air a little more. I’m still using the four-wheel drum brakes, but since they’re power assisted, it stops very well. I’m running six-lug truck Rallyes with BFGs, 235/70R15s on the front and 255/70R15’s on the rear. I just installed the Bruce Horkey Show Deck bed wood kit.
“I wanted to take my interior a step back to 1968 with as many period hot rod goodies as I could. I have a Mooneyes 12-inch steering wheel and Mooneyes “foot” gas and dimmer pedal, chromed radio delete plate, Stewart-Warner column tach, and an old “Motor Minder” vacuum gauge. Custom stitched bench seats are by Woody’s Custom Classics Upholstery in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
“I’m planning on changing the brakes and making the change over from six-lug to five-lug disc and a five-lug rear axle. As I’m doing this I will also lower it even further. Also on-deck is a new paintjob. Will I change the entire truck to a solid color or change the color? Nope, because it ain’t broke.
“I love driving my truck and listening to the exhaust note. I’m also a Shriner and go to parades with the KENA Shrine Car Club, of which I’m a proud member. Special thanks to my wife, Sue and Jason & Mike at All American Street Rods in Gainesville, Virginia.” CCT