The first project car is always something special. I went through a couple of false starts before I got to rip into my 1979 Caprice coupe early in my high-school years and I couldn’t have been more over the moon if I tried. I wouldn’t shut up about what I had done and what I wanted to do. The same story went for every kid I knew that gave even a partial crap about cars. People that normally wouldn’t give you the time of day suddenly wanted to chat about how to properly keep their cars up, or learn how to do basic services. Bonding through machines…that’s the fun of being a gearhead, right?
Forum member “Andy4639” recently had the good luck to be given a 1968 Chevrolet C10 stepside pickup truck. It’s a longbed stepside, but a free GM truck of that generation is worth the effort unless it’s actually rotted in half…and even then, there’s parts to harvest. Luckily, the straight-six/three-speed truck was in decent condition and had low miles on it when the deal was struck and it was hauled home.
Problem: his daughter fell for the truck, has claimed it and wants to take it on Power Tour next year. In between now and then there will be a re-powerering, metal repair and more. We still think that they got away with murder for getting a ’68 for the perfect price and can’t wait to see the progress!