I’m totally nerding out right now. In less than two hours, my new project vehicle will be delivered to my home. I did a quick website for a guy and he offered me a choice between a ’73 Plymouth Duster, a ’72 Camaro and ’78 Chevy Step-side truck as compensation. I chose the truck because a.) I like trucks, b.) the two muscle cars required far too much work, c.) nothing is more American than classic trucks, and d.) the truck had the most parts and least amount of rust.
Here are the initial pictures (more coming when she arrives):
I really like this style of truck – we used to have one when I was a kid (style-side, not step-side). A lot can be done – I can restore it to original condition, I can slam it and give it more of a street look, or I can even put a slight lift on it, like I did with my daily driving Ford F-150 (which has yet another check engine light on).
The pictures don’t do the truck justice, keep in mind, none of the body sections are bolted to the frame right now and it’s already got 2″ drop spindles installed. The cab and bed are also full of replacement parts.
The truck also comes with a Chevy 350 Small Block and TH350 transmission. This is important because they are extremely common and the parts are comparatively cheap. I also have a line on another (free) TH350 transmission as a backup, so that’s huge. Speaking of cheap, the sheet metal for the truck is not expensive at all.
I’m going to break everything down to the frame and work my way up. I’ll see what I’m working with and weigh my options as I go. There isn’t really a wrong way to go. I’m going to use this project as an opportunity to learn welding, body work, and improve my mechanic skills. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to build something with, and spend valuable time with, my kids.
Before I start investing much money into the truck, I want to pay off my daily driver. This will help me stay in good standing with the boss lady. Success in this project will require that, a solid plan, a lot of patience, and an open mind. It’s all about the attitude.