It seems silly--but the kids really do love it. Simple, tough as nails, no pretensions. Classic Parts in Riverside, Mo. That meeting didn't go very well. .
My truck is no beauty queen. Headlights should be one of your priorities too when planning on some replacement. Headlights features the character of the car whether how big or small it is. The paint looked so good that there was no way I was going to attempt assembling the truck myself. The basic body carried over through 1966 but was graced with restyled roof posts in 1964, giving the cab a more rakish appearance.
Conventional coils replaced the torsion bars up front in 1963, allowing the frame's reinforcing x-member, in place since 1960, to be deleted. The 1960 model year was the first in which Chevy pickups featured a full-width pickup box as standard equipment. I guess that torsion bar setup on the front of the '60-'62s was a big deal at the time. My son plays in the bed; family and friends tend to gather around the back. I also use it like a real truck on occasion. You've done an awesome job keeping her original and I'm sure she run's as good, if not better, than she looks! Once I had all the chassis parts in hand, I laid everything out in my garage and started putting the chassis together.
This era of trucks also saw a greater availability of creature comfort options—especially power steering, power brakes and air conditioning—helping to transition pickups into becoming second cars. A 1963 Chevrolet Pickup can be distinguished by the grille which had a more egg-crate appearance and headlamp bezels and Chevrolet lettering was accented in black. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now I ordered a disc brake kit with dropped spindles and new springs front and back. You can see some pictures here:. My in-laws used to live in Harvard, Nebr.
Even the three-speed shifter on the column clicks into gear with ease. He had big plans for the pickup and started to tear it apart…but he never got too far. Externally, only the trim shuffle games prevalent in Detroit at the time differentiate 1964 through 1966s. About a minute later, I owned it. Parking light lenses where the same as previous years, except federal regulations now required the automotive industry to change from clear to amber. Customer to return part with a copy of receipt. I take it to some of these car cruises I write about during the summer.
It was a roller again by February 27, 2000. Three of the biggest catalog warehouse businesses for these trucks are right here in town. Wish we still had it! Whenever I stop to get gas or have the old truck out and about, I usually run into somebody who had one like it, or knew someone that had one like it, or had a family member that had one like it. Some of them are posed, but many are just shots from the various car shows and activities that we hit throughout the summer. Nu-Relics Power Window kits offer a lifetime warranty Warranty requires a copy of sales receipt or invoice. Craig, back in the mid-70s we had a '64 Stepside as a farm truck that was like yours in terms of drivetrain: 3 on the tree, inline 6, manual everything.
And in spite if its well-worn look, people still seem genuinely interested and want to talk about it. I removed all the sheetmetal myself, but when it came time to remove the cab, I had to call some friends for help. From 1964 until the last of this style rolled-out in 1966, there were very few appearance changes, save the style and placement of the side emblems. Since it's an old truck, it gets to dress up as Tow Mater for Halloween. Of course, engine choices changed and improved along the way, and there were other subtle differences, but all-in-all, this style endured for quite some time. This basic style went from 1960 all the way through the 1966 model year.
I didn't know that earlier trucks had torsion bar suspensions. Spend a dollar or two on nicer looking battery cables. We take it to the trunk-or-treat event at church every year. They also have a neat walk-in showroom where you can see their show trucks on display, as well as dig through the scratch-and-dent discount pile. Lots of people have stories about this style of truck. Even the long rear truck arms and coils like on the rear of mine are making a comeback, though--ever look under a new Dodge? Multiple switch options are offered.
It is amazing what they can come up with sometimes in there. You must have 5 or more poles to have a reverse polarity switch. So finally, to round-out this article, I am including a slideshow pictures of Mater from around town. I looked at it so much it grew on me, so eventually boredom took over, and I went over and asked them if they wanted to sell it. An hour and a half later, we were on our way to his shop. When I got the bed back from the painter, Donny took over and installed the bed wood for me, since I had no idea what I was doing.