“I was a senior in high school in 1964, living in Sacramento, California, and I remember a guy down the street having a Stepside that I always liked.” It took a while, but now Dave Thursam of Richmond, Virginia, is the guy with a Stepside.
“I bought this ’64 Chevy C10 two years ago when I retired. I bought it with a 350 Chevy small-block with a mild cam. I have not done much to the engine except cosmetically upgrade everything that I could, replacing, upgrading, and redoing almost everything. The wheels and tires and a lot of the electrical were done by Rolling Thunder, and new power steering and power brakes and a lot of the cosmetics were done by Truck Outfitters.
“It has a four-speed on the floor and I’ve had the bench seats recovered and I had new carpet put in. The rear end is a 12-bolt. The wheels are 20-inch Torque Thrusts all the way around. The color is Inferno Red and it comes right off the showroom from a ’10 Lexus—I just had the body shop, Wilson Body Works, match that. My future plans call for a transmission upgrade along with suspension and perhaps an LS1 engine swap out next year.
“My plan, since I was retired, was to take my time so I could make it a several-year project. Well, the anticipation of getting it done got the better of me so what I thought would take me five years actually took me a little over a year-and-a-half. It was in and out of several shops for most of last year, so 2012 will be the first time to have it out driving around. Now I have nothing to do but look at it on bad weather days and drive the hell out of it on nice days.
“I was a senior in high school in ’64 so the truck was a perfect fit for me. I never dreamed how many folks would give me the thumbs up and tell me how good it looks. Old is the new young and I can’t wait for spring!”
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