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Old 07-26-2017, 09:07 AM   #1
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68 long bed Chevy “Harold”

Hey I hope you guys enjoy my build. I shared this already in new member introductions but I figured it would be best to start my build off with the background story so bare with me. My grandad (who along with my grandmother raised me) bought a long bed 68 C10 new. I always wanted that truck and when I was 15 I bought it from him for $750 (all of the money I saved from 2 years of mowing people's lawns, there was a lesson to be learned lol). I learned to drive in that truck and spent many good times with my grandad in or around it fishing hunting or just riding. My grandad and I were very close so we made it our project. He taught me how to be a decent mechanic and other "life lessons" during the time we spent working on it. We cleaned it up and painted it. Installed a new interior, lowered it a little and installed a mild 383 and TH350 and drove it for a few years until I graduated high school. Man I had some good times in that thing! When I went to college I figured I needed something newer to drive back and forth so like a big dummy I sold it. That was 15 years ago this month. Thought about it many times through the years. I even bought a 67 GMC about 10 years ago and joined the forum but didn't keep it very long since work kept me to busy back then. Fast forward to last week. I'm now grown and my grandparents have passed away. My wife and I were reminiscing about when we were kids and the subject of the truck came up and how stupid I was for selling it and how I wished I still had it. I decided I was gonna find another one and fix it up. A few days went by and as I was riding home from work I called my wife as I always do when I'm headed home, before we hung up she said she had a surprise for me when I get home. I was thinking heck yeah a 12 pack! Lol. Well it wasn't a 12 pack duh...it was the address of the guy who owned my old truck! She had called her friend who worked at the tag office and they tracked him down! Why didn't I think of that?! Anyway I sent a letter right then and he called me back on Thursday and said he would sell it to me to just come see him and we would figure out a price. So I went yesterday to see it. Man, sitting in that thing again brought back so many memories! I ended up giving $2000 for it not bad for something that really is priceless to me. My plans for it we're a ground up restomod ,make it a short bed and set it up pro touring style with some type of mild LS engine. Im probably gonna leave it as a long bed though after doing some thinking. I'm gonna add AC and power steering and make it my daily driver. I look forward to learning from everyone! Here is the picture of it now that it's home.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:15 AM   #2
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I got Hellaflush3d to do me a rendering of what I plan on doing. I don't want it to be to low since it will be my daily and will see duty hauling dirt bikes and towing my motorcycle trailer and camper. I will be keeping it fairly level and adding air bags to the rear so I can stiffen up for the load. I love the pro touring look but it doesn't make sense for the way the truck will be used. I will be going with the factory 505 Green paint and argent silver 22" Steelies I also plan on adding a silver pinstripe to be different. Hope y'all like it!
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:43 AM   #3
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Re: 68 long bed Chevy

cool back story for the truck. My truck was given to me by my dad. couldnt imagine not having it now. Awesome job by the wife to track it down, sounds like a keeper! look forward to your build
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Old 07-26-2017, 11:56 AM   #4
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I have the engine and trans sold should be out by the weekend.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:54 AM   #5
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Cool story on getting your truck back! I did a double take when I saw your rendering, I thought it was a pic of my truck! I like your style I fully plan on keeping my truck functional too even though it will be pretty low (about a 6/8 static drop). I've had to do a few heavy mods to the bed to achieve this, but it is possible. Basically, I z'ed the rear frame to gain a built in 2.5" drop that didn't effect suspension travel at all. Anyway, just a thought if you still wanted to go for the low pro-touring look. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:18 PM   #6
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Cool story on getting your truck back! I did a double take when I saw your rendering, I thought it was a pic of my truck! I like your style I fully plan on keeping my truck functional too even though it will be pretty low (about a 6/8 static drop). I've had to do a few heavy mods to the bed to achieve this, but it is possible. Basically, I z'ed the rear frame to gain a built in 2.5" drop that didn't effect suspension travel at all. Anyway, just a thought if you still wanted to go for the low pro-touring look. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
Yeah that's what I said once I saw yours lol. I was like wow it's very similar! Mine will remain a longbed and I'm definitely going to keep mine higher than yours because it will be towing and I need to keep it versatile as possible. I'm going to put a nice handling suspension just not super low. I enjoyed reading about yours I hope you enjoy mine!
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:21 PM   #7
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Cool truck and cool story
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:36 PM   #8
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Engines gone. Gonna have some rust to deal with on the passenger side and looks like my core support has some small rust issues too. I might try to save it though.....
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:39 PM   #9
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I’ve decided to name my truck “Harold” in memory of my grandad. Most people called him John his first name but my grandmother was the only one who called him Harold, his second name. So I think it will be perfect.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:49 PM   #10
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That is a very unique look, I really like it. In the rendering, how much is the rear of the frame/ bed shortened? Looks like 12 inches +/- off the back end?
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Old 12-09-2017, 04:00 PM   #11
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That is a very unique look, I really like it. In the rendering, how much is the rear of the frame/ bed shortened? Looks like 12 inches +/- off the back end?
I hadn’t even noticed that lol. It was just for me to get an idea of how it looks. I imagine that the angle of the truck with the big wheels kind of exaggerated the shortness behind the rear wheel.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:11 AM   #12
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Finally back at it! It’s been a busy year so not much time for the truck. Now though I have plenty of time and it’s about to get serious lol. I am getting the body off so I can blast the frame and paint it. Then on to suspension. I have decided to do a quality air ride system front and rear. I don’t plan on cutting the bed floor or anything like that so it won’t be too low.

On a different note I also managed to find some hubcaps just like the original chrome dog dish ones that came on it at the Moultrie GA swap meet for $125 for all 4. I figured that wasn’t bad since I couldn’t seem to find any. They were in rough shape though so I sent them off to be restored. I’ll post pics when I get them back. I’ll have about $400 dollars in them but they will be like new and the right ones.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:17 AM   #13
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Also I won’t be doing 22” wheels. I will be doing 20” smoothies from Coys
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:57 PM   #14
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Got some more work done today. Cab is ready to take off now just waiting on my friends to come help me. Looks like it’ll be the weekend before it happens.
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