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Old 05-25-2019, 04:07 PM   #1
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Project Who Cares

I recently picked up a 1966 Chevy 6 cyl, std, long bed (ie who cares). It is definitely a rat. I got it off a guy who got it off of a farmer, etc,etc. Anyway, he had overhauled the engine (in the truck) with new pistons, rings, and a complete rework of the head and had the carburetor rebuilt by "someone who knew what they were doing". It would start and would more forward and backward a few feet (no brakes).

In other words, I hauled home a pile of scrap that should have been parted out years ago.

I like to tinker with these old trucks, but this thing may break me (my back and my wallet).

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Old 05-25-2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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My goal (if I don't give up on it), is something like this 64 lowered long bed I saw at a local car show.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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So, other than the look of post 2, what would you like to do to it???

I'm glad you have it. If nothing else,maybe you can make it reliable and sell it another day.
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:28 PM   #4
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I care

how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time!

so get busy savin' that poor old beast, good luck!
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Old 05-25-2019, 10:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement.

For now I am going to get it running and safe. Then the mods may or may not begin.

So far I have replaced the front brakes, master cyl, packed wheel brgs, etc. Also, cleaned up some wiring and switches. Headlight sw; high beam sw; lubed up everything. I find that the wipers work, the blower motor is OK but only one speed, so I need a resistor.

In my closer inspection I am finding more stuff completely worn out than expected. I know it's old, but generally some of the stuff has been replaced. So, the good and the bad is that it is worn out, but I am not reworking someone else's crappy work. Hey it has uncut original wiring harness that is in fantastic condition.

The front end - ball joints are so bad I am concerned that the wheels will fall off. The carrier bearing is completely rusty and barely hanging on.

lol....wawawa......I am sure everyone on here has gone thru the same thing.
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:13 AM   #6
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Update: I got the thing running and drove it about a block and back.

I think this is part of the problem:
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:20 AM   #7
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I did not have any problems shifting, but I noticed the steering bearing was gone, so I rebuilt that as well.
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Old 06-01-2019, 11:57 AM   #8
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Do 1 thing at a time , and the enjoyment you get out of driving this truck will far exceed any sweat equity.
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:16 PM   #9
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Great project truck.
I like your comment about the engine.
Overhauled in the truck.
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