Well, I’ve been threatening to do it for a year now, and it just so happened that the stars aligned and I bit the bullet. Yup, I bought another project. But this time, I’m going to do things differently. Instead of getting caught up in the moment and tearing into it blindly, I’m going to sit back and plan this one out. It’s not getting blown apart and I refuse to take it down to the bare frame. Hell, I don’t want to pull the motor or even touch the wiring on this one.
No, the object of this project is to do something a bit more homegrown; A more realistic project that is closer to what us guys with full-time jobs and families have the time and money for. Something you can get in and drive to work in the morning and wrench on at night and get up and do it again tomorrow. We’re gonna keep the upgrades short and sweet and plot the time it takes so that you guys have an idea of what you may be facing when it comes time to do the same projects on your own truck. And while we’re doing it, we’re gonna have fun! Ain’t that what it’s all about anyways?
But enough about that, here’s what you guys really care about . . .
I was scouring the local classifieds recently, as I’d been casually looking for the past few months, for something that was unmolested, running, and driving in decent shape and found a couple candidates but nothing that was a super steal. Most of the stuff I found had already been upgraded or was outside my meager budget. What I really wanted to find was a bone stocker that I could tear apart and work on in the magazine to show that it doesn’t take forty grand to build something cool.
I ran across a local ad for a ’68 Chevy C10 longbed truck for $2,500 and thought it was at least worth a look. I called the owner on a Friday afternoon and asked when would be a good time to come and have a look. “You can come now if you want”, was his response. I figured that I didn’t have anything better to do so I soon set out, trying to beat the rapidly setting sun.