We acquired Goliath, our now familiar 1966 C50 truck in November of 2009. In December, we posted an introductory video of the truck and took you along for a little ride. That was when the motor was starting to worry us with some seemingly large issues, none of the electrical worked outside of the ignition and the tires might as well have been made by some caveman, out of stone.
Years of neglect made the truck have the look we were after, and the C50 was equipped with a never available pickup bed which made the purchase a no brainer. The fact that it looks like a full sized Tonka truck was icing on the cake, plus it made the little boys happy and that kept the wife from loosing her mind too badly.
Further tinkering uncovered serious piston ring, carburetor, and ignition issues that made the gaping holes in the floor seem trivial. A driveway rebuild took care of the 2.5 cylinders that hadn’t previously worked, and great BangShifter donations brought the ignition and fuel delivery back into spec. The truck runs mint now, and the 292 sounds bitchin with the Cherry Bomb supplied muffler and exhaust.
Driving the truck down the road on our first attempts was scary for multiple reasons, the least of which was the lack of lighting and wiring. Our biggest eye opener came with the application of the brakes as only the rears worked, and when they grabbed, they tried to throw us through the windshield with screaching tires that would make the Duke Boys proud. We addressed the wiring and brakes, got a comfy seat, and were dreading the purchase of new tires for the 22.5 inch wheels. A crazy hookup with Firestone resulted in killer new treads that not only look killer but are a bit taller as well. The extra height just might make this big beast hit the magical 60mph mark!
While we were taking care of the tires we decided to media blast and powdercoat the once John Deere Yellow wheels and go for the more tradiitional white. Make no mistake, its no show truck which is just the way we like it. For your first ride along and more details, check out our video below. Project Goliath lives!!! Next up? Dealing with the Massachusetts DMV to get this big pig registered and insured. We’ll keep you posted.