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Old 05-13-2018, 05:42 PM   #1
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I bought my Granddad's '64 this week!

Pretty stoked to be able to keep this one in the family. My granddad bought it in '88, about a year after I was born so it's been around as long as I can remember. It's a '64 short/stepside with a 283 and three speed, small window cab, AM radio, thrift heater, and not much else. Still has the original bed floor in pretty decent shape, and the original paint is underneath a coat of brushed-on house paint that is coming off easily. It's extremely rust free, especially for our area; it's by far the dryest 64-66 I've seen locally. My dad tracked down and installed an aluminum grill, chrome bumpers, 8" rally wheels, and he recovered the seat not long after Papa bought it. I think he may have also rebuilt the steering column/shift linkage. Before the rally wheels it had a set of widened stock wheels with off road tires for more traction when Papa took it on hunting trips.

I'll eventually get it driveable and strip it back to the original paint since the house paint is in really bad shape. I might go back with a set of stock wheels like he used to have on it; I've never been a fan of rally wheels. It's been sitting for around 12 years so it'll need everything gone through to make it reliable.








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Old 05-13-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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Up this week, proof there are awesome trucks still out there!!!
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:50 PM   #3
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Oh ya that's awesome right there.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:18 PM   #4
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Great project with history to boot. Amazing.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:24 PM   #5
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Very nice!!!!

Can't wait to see it cleaned up! That house paint should come off easy!
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:42 PM   #6
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sweet truck...should clean up nice
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:37 PM   #7
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Re: I bought my Granddad's '64 this week!

That’s too cool! I wish I could find my grandads truck! It is probably dust now, was a hard work truck in the mid west....
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:39 PM   #8
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very nice,and great history!
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:41 PM   #9
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:44 PM   #10
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Love it! Very similar to mine. Except, of course, your unmolested perfect dash.

Awesome project.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:52 PM   #11
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Congratulations!!! You should be stoked!
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:57 PM   #12
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Nice, congrats!
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:04 AM   #13
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Very cool!! They do become a part of the family.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:11 AM   #14
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Nice. A solid start for whatever you do. Staying step, or going fleet?
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:39 AM   #15
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Re: I bought my Granddad's '64 this week!

That dash board is a beautiful thing, wish mine was like that. Hope you you keep it around for many years to come.

I have an old photo from the late 40s of my grand father on his knucklehead.....always had dreams of tracking down that bike but its probably long gone by now.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:42 AM   #16
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Looks like that truck will clean up nice. Even better that it was your grandpa's!
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:43 AM   #17
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Awesome truck! Congrats!
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:30 PM   #18
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Awesome truck. And your story is way too similar to mine, kind of creepy. I just got my grandpa's 63 and it is also covered in house paint haha.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:17 PM   #19
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Great story. Congrats on the purchase!
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:43 AM   #20
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Great story, great truck. Amazing condition.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:04 PM   #21
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Re: I bought my Granddad's '64 this week!

Thanks dudes! I'm planning on having it cleaned up and back on the road for the fall Rod Run in Pigeon Forge.


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Nice. A solid start for whatever you do. Staying step, or going fleet?
It'll stay pretty much like it is, except for the suspension and wheels. Right now the plan is to copy the suspension I had on my blue '66 C10 and add a set of six lug Delray's from Detroit Steel Wheels in 18 or 20". Keep it the same style and feel but make it drive and handle better. I'll eventually ad Vintage Air and power steering.

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Old 05-16-2018, 03:12 PM   #22
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Re: I bought my Granddad's '64 this week!

I thought you said you weren’t a fan of ralley wheels? Those look a lot like a ralley wheel to me!!
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:16 PM   #23
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I thought you said you werenít a fan of ralley wheels? Those look a lot like a ralley wheel to me!!
I'm not, but they look better as 18" or 20" wheels and I want to keep it looking mostly like how my granddad had it. I might even do low profile all terrain white letter tires if I can find a size that fits.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:34 PM   #24
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I get that. It’s your truck, do with it like you like, I say!!
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:30 PM   #25
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Congrats on getting the truck. I have a 1964 that my grandpa gave me when I was 15. I sold it and bought it back 14 years later. Awesome, I hope to see it in PF. We will be up there the whole week. Keep us updated.
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