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Old 09-10-2018, 10:29 AM   #1
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Luke's '65

Hello all, I just picked up a '65 LWB C10 and wanted to get some info. I've built a few other cars over the many years and have found forums to be a great source of information and advice.

This truck is going to be my son's truck when he gets his license. That is going to be in about a year and we've got a few things to address with this truck before then. The biggest and most immediate is the roof. The PO had used this truck for camping and fishing, judging by the maps and papers I found in the glovebox.

I don't know if it was because of the camper or what but the roof has rusted around the drip rails. We've looked into getting a new roof skin and replacing it but there are a few out there. I was hoping someone could offer a recommendation as I've dealt with crappy panels on other vehicles and I'd prefer to avoid that for the rest of my life.

Aside from that the truck seems pretty solid, typical rust in what seems to be the typical areas. We did find the left front fender had been dinged in the front and has been bondo'd. Given the rust at the rear of that fender it will probably just get replaced at some point.

It's got a 230 Straight 6 and since he is a new driver I think that will suit him just fine. Maybe someday we'll look to swapping that out but everything looks great in the engine compartment and we'll fire it up later today for the first time in about...I'm guessing 15 years so fingers crossed.
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: Luke's '65

Good looking truck. Good luck with it.
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:14 PM   #3
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Re: Luke's '65

Welcome! I think the roof panel is repopped AMD I believe
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:20 PM   #4
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I bet once you get that top skin off you will find more damage inside.
I just watched a boy change a roof on a '68. He cut those windshield pillars & the back right thru the center of the rear window opening. He cut the front pillars low on the donor & high on the truck he's working on. He de-laminated the pillars one skin in & out so they would overlap best way to describe how he did it. Only took him an afternoon after work & he was priming it.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:00 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum

I agree with likely finding more issues once the roof skin is removed. Sorry but I do not know how the aftermarket roof skins fit. I can't think of anyone on the forum that has used one. It seems like most of the newly released parts fit better than the early parts. The front fenders are one of those early parts that don't fit for crap.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:16 PM   #6
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Thanks, I've seen a few place with them so we're jumping in hip deep and I'll update as we go. Later today we are going to fire it up for the first time in about 20 years. Already went through it the other day and everything looks good for us to fire it...but fingers crossed anyway.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:46 PM   #7
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You don't need good luck wishes in as much as fuel and spark. Have fun and keep us updated.
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