I was given this truck by a friend. It came disassembled completely. My original intent was to make it electric. It did not work. As you can see, it is now my Hot Rod toy. You can also see; it is a hard top convertible. Interior and paint are soon to come. I will send pictures when it is complete. Four years of funding this project with scratch-off winnings has got it running. Completion will probably take additional funding. I am getting restless about it. I want to drive it badly.
My dad bought this truck around 2005 in hopes of having a truck similar to the one he was very proud of when he was a kid, winning 1st place in the Theodosia Truck Show in a silver ‘83 Chevrolet. After he bought it he drove it for a while but soon became ill with M.S. and can no longer walk, which holds him back from driving a 4 speed truck. The truck sat in the shop for a few years and collected dust and trash.
My truck is my first car. One reason I got it was because my dad used to have a 1969 c10 that was stolen on Christmas Eve.
This truck has been in my family since I can remember. My father used to drive my siblings and me to school when we lived In Palmdale, California. My family picked up and moved to Bedford, Ohio and the truck came with us. My brother owned the truck while he was in high school and decided he wanted to rip everything out of it and drop a V8 under the hood. After by brother figured he had enough fun with the S10 he made me a deal for the truck that had no drive train, was completely gutted and painted primer
My father bought the truck when I was only 9. I instantly fell in love with it, so when I was old enough to drive I started working on it. I bought a billet grille then lowered it 6 in the front and 6 in the rear. I got street scene mirrors, shaved back handle and roof rack, took the motor out and put 4.3 vortech out of a 93 blazer, threw on some headman shorty headers, chrome valve covers...
I bought the truck three years ago; it was flat black and pretty rough. I had the exact truck twenty years ago but had to sell it because we had four children and needed something everyone could fit into. It broke my heart selling that truck so when the moment arose that I could get another one we did. But as much as I loved getting it, do you know the feeling when you have something that everything about it starts bugging you because you want it the way you want it?
Since I was a young boy I always admired the 90's body style of the Chevy Silverado’s. In 2002 my step dad bought a 1996 GMC Sierra. Although it wasn’t in the best condition, I loved that truck so much. I remember none of the rims matched or any of the tires either. The paint was chipping and faded. There was a bunch of tacky chrome pieces the previous owners had put on. It had twisted up front and rear chrome bumpers.
In 1979, we moved to Corrales, a small farming, horsey, vineyard village on the Rio Grande River just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A place where the country store, post office and restaurants still have hitching posts for your horse! We lived in an adobe house on two acres surrounded by apple trees. That's when I purchased the '71 Chevy truck. It was used as a farm truck and as my four daughters grew up and began leaving home, it was used as a moving van - many times!
I bought this truck as a winter beater for $825. As usual, it was chocked full of rust. I got it to the point of inspection and that's where it stayed for the winter. As spring rolled around, I got looking at the truck and realized its full potential. So I got to work collecting all OEM steel rust free body panels.
I bought the truck for $2700 and drove it for about a week. It then started knocking out of the air box which means a valve was stuck open. The next day I start taking the engine apart and ran into a bunch of other problems. It ended up having cracked heads, bad water pump, bad radiator, bad thermostat and bad a lift pump. I replaced the heads, water pump, radiator, lift pump, injectors, glow plugs...