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Old 07-23-2018, 12:04 AM   #1
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1966 C-10 build

New to the forum and just picked up a new project. Saw a 66' Fleetside LB in the locals for sale and could not resist. The price was $1500 which seemed a bit steep considering the rockers were toast and the bed was not as nice as I really wanted but what the F@*( lets just make em an offer and see what happens. So a few days later I am trailering this project home and wondering what I have gotten myself into. I think this happens on just about every project. The truck is in generally decent shape with the following.
The straight 6 was removed and swapped for a stock low mile 78' 305 V8 and a TH350
nice thing is they used the correct motor mounts and had the driveshaft yoke swapped out and it all fits together rather nicely. No exhaust on it but the stock manifolds. No throttle linkage or shifter linkage so the truck did not move but it started first time we turned it over and purred like a kitten. The brakes were recently all replaced with new shoes, turned drums, wheel cylinders and brake hardware kits. Hard to believe but everything was in the cab and in good condition as far as the dash and instruments were concerned. The lights and trims were in a separate box as well as the trim rings and lenses. 4 different tires and wheels but they all hold air so that's a plus. The suspension is shot the shocks and springs are gone but hey what did I expect for a 66' truck that had been sitting in a barn for the past 15 years. We ended up agreeing on $950.00 dollars for this project and think we didn't do too terrible considering we are not going to be putting her back to pristine condition anyways.








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Old 07-23-2018, 01:29 AM   #2
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So here is the plan so far.
1. remove old rusted out battery tray replace with new tray and battery
2. Flush the fuel lines, make a new accelerator rod, fresh plugs, wires, filters, flush radiator and get the engine running
3. Install a new steering column so that we can shift the auto trans. have to make a shift rod for this as they never completed this portion of the install.
4. Install an exhaust system from the factory manifolds, going with some inexpensive mufflers to just over the rear axle for now.
5. Repair all of the lights and make sure brakes, headlights, license light and turn indicators all work properly.
6. Re-wire the charging system. (I am no genius but just looking at what the PO left I can tell it aint right)
7. Install new springs and shocks (Need some help here.....) wanting to go with a static drop on this truck as it will be a DD grocery getter. Just not quite sure how low to go??? Thinking 2" in the front 4" in the back
8. install new tires and wheels that will be used later on in the build. This brings up a question as to what will fit these trucks and what type of back spacing will be needed to make the tire fill the wheel well properly?









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Old 07-23-2018, 08:32 AM   #3
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Re: 1966 C-10 build

Looks like you have a good start...the good thing about building one of these trucks is that the possibilities are endless...the only limits are your imagination and bank account....so let the fun begin
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:42 PM   #4
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Well I have been reading up on allot of builds here getting ideas and checking out different techniques and how to's. I read all the way through a few builds and was just floored at some of the great work you guys are doing to preserve these old trucks. I read every post from PDX sanity's build and given when the build started I figured their would be some awesome finished pics to look through. Holy **** that thing is beautiful and its not even done yet. With all of that work I am not sure I would drive it. BTW we are going for the daily driver and may not get to the level some of these guys have gone to. That being said not discouraged at all but more focused on keeping this project within a very low budget yet a very nice fun truck to drive every day.






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Old 07-24-2018, 12:21 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum

I'd say you did good on the price for what you got.

Not to pee in your wheaties but have you checked the VIN on the cab and frame to be sure it matches your title? Reason I ask is that I see they used a e-brake crossmember for the trans crossmember. That style of e-brake crossmember was used '63-'65 and not in '66. But it could be just they used what they had. I would still check it out if you haven't already.
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Old 07-24-2018, 06:49 AM   #6
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You are right there are some amazing builds on here, I am doing the daily driver thing as well, I choose to call mine a work in progress. Good luck with your build...drive it and enjoy it while you fix her up.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:14 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum

I'd say you did good on the price for what you got.

Not to pee in your wheaties but have you checked the VIN on the cab and frame to be sure it matches your title? Reason I ask is that I see they used a e-brake crossmember for the trans crossmember. That style of e-brake crossmember was used '63-'65 and not in '66. But it could be just they used what they had. I would still check it out if you haven't already.
Thank you sir. We thought it was a swingin deal ourselves. I mean $950 dollars for this truck gave me a smile from ear to ear.

Good eyes, and I would never get upset at a lil pee in my Wheaties if it gave me some good info. LOL. But seriously thank you for the insight on the cross member it always helps to get as much intel as possible from seasoned truck owners. Appreciate all the help I can get.

I did check the VIN to see that the paperwork matched the truck .
we have a 2wd, 1/2 ton Long bed, Pickup, 1966, made in Fremont Ca, 62,905

So in the photos below we have a cross member that is at the mid point of the trans and of course then we have the rear or transmission cross member. The forward cross member does not look like it is needed any longer. Any issues with just removing this one and making a lil more room? Your thoughts greatly appreciated.












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Old 07-24-2018, 12:19 PM   #8
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You are right there are some amazing builds on here, I am doing the daily driver thing as well, I choose to call mine a work in progress. Good luck with your build...drive it and enjoy it while you fix her up.
Jimmy I have lost allot of sleep in the last couple weeks just reading all of these threads and loving all of the great information and photos. I agree a work in progress is definitely what we have here. the real kicker in this whole deal is the truck is actually for my wife/ Queen. She has wanted an old truck for quite some time and this was just meant to be. You see this is the same truck I owned and drove to and from school back in the day. She is very excited and has fallen in love with the truck up to this point. I am sure we will go through the usual ups and down as we have done through so many car projects in the past but this one is her baby. Im just the lucky guy that gets to build her a new truck.
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Old 07-25-2018, 12:06 AM   #9
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There is absolutely no need for that bellhousing crossmember to be there. It is just in the way with an auto trans.

Does the frame VIN match the cab VIN?
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:43 AM   #10
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That's what it looked like that cross member was probably left in place by the PO who didn't realize that it was not needed with an automatic trans. Thanks for the confirmation. And yes sir all of the numbers match as they should. Plate at the top of drivers side door jam and top of frame rail drivers side are exact.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:53 AM   #11
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Jimmy I have lost allot of sleep in the last couple weeks just reading all of these threads and loving all of the great information and photos. I agree a work in progress is definitely what we have here. the real kicker in this whole deal is the truck is actually for my wife/ Queen. She has wanted an old truck for quite some time and this was just meant to be. You see this is the same truck I owned and drove to and from school back in the day. She is very excited and has fallen in love with the truck up to this point. I am sure we will go through the usual ups and down as we have done through so many car projects in the past but this one is her baby. Im just the lucky guy that gets to build her a new truck.
That's cool that your wife enjoys your hobby with you...My wife does not get into the old truck/hot rod thing and is not interested in riding with me unless I install A/C or the weather is cool. I always have to do the cruises and car shows alone. Give your wife a fist bump from me
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Old 07-30-2018, 01:18 AM   #12
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That's cool that your wife enjoys your hobby with you...My wife does not get into the old truck/hot rod thing and is not interested in riding with me unless I install A/C or the weather is cool. I always have to do the cruises and car shows alone. Give your wife a fist bump from me
Yes sir I will do that. I feel pretty fortunate that she is a Car girl through and through.
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:43 AM   #13
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Well I have been busy with other projects and doing tons of research for the build. I took apart almost everything that the PO touched and have repaired most of it to get back to square one. some were just minor and others are waiting for more parts to come in. In the mean time I have decided that this build will be mostly Ol' Skool with a few new items thrown in here and there. I really want to keep this project on budget which means we are going to keep it basic. First is to keep the 6 lugs and also keep the drum brakes (For this first go round) in my examination of the PO's work I discovered a bad front wheel hub. you can literally drop a race in it with almost no resistance. So I am now looking for a replacement. (not as easy as it sounds) Loading more pics asap.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:23 AM   #14
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Truck has the usual 52 years of dirt grease and grime everywhere and you just cant get anything done without getting through the first layers.
Whipped out the trusty pressure washer for the 3rd time to go in deep with the cleaning.
Decided to clean up the engine bay before doing any more work to see what mess we have to deal with.


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Old 08-22-2018, 03:32 AM   #15
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That's how you make a Vacuum plug right there. Shade tree mechanic used part of the tree.. LOL.


He used a few bolts as well..



As usual instead of unplugging the wires it must have been easier to just cut and destroy


After what seemed like 3 straight days of cleaning I was able to find the bottom of the mess... SMH... Now to start on putting some of this thing back together and get it running.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:47 AM   #16
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Instead of pulling the engine this go round the idea is to just get it running and drivable as is. Of course as long as its apart and we are clearing out the old non essentials like the old manifolds and swapping in a few other goodies I opted to go ahead and paint the engine with Easton's chevy Orange enamel. Was actually pretty easy to do with a brush. Replaced the timing chain cover made some throttle linkage, New correct radiator hoses, heater hoses, billet alternator mount, Braided stainless fuel lines/ filter, fuel pump and battery cables for ****s and giggles. Discovered a few funny items. The transmission fluid lines did not fit so the PO decided to just shove em in as far as he could and leave em. New lines being made. Not really into the hard lines so I opted for my local Trans shop to build me some new flexible lines with the correct threads and fittings. Its getting there little by little.




Ordered a set of headers and a few other parts to get it back together. Notice the old cross member is now removed.




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Old 08-22-2018, 04:04 AM   #17
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Got the extra 100 pounds of dirt out of the cross member and the front suspension cleaned up. Working on making sure she will stop..











Got some new wheel cylinders and hoses for these. we shall see!
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Been busy last few days with the dreaded cleaning and blasting of parts. On a much happier note I was able to find a local (200 miles) that had a couple of front hubs for me. Was also able to score a near perfect tailgate. That has got to be the best score so far.. Wow...














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I like it and will be following along. I just brush painted my engine recently, man it makes a nice difference.
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Sweet A fresh coat of paint goes a long ways to help clean up and motivate. Time to get back to it and get some more items off the check list..
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Nice work, man!
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You know how it is... start on one small item and it explodes to a dozen other items. LOL... Oh well it could be worse.... had to clean up the area under the hood a bit and get some fresh paint on the freshly stripped parts and pieces. Waiting on a few items to be shipped our way so until then we have kept cleaning stripping and painting. soldered up some new battery cables. Made them out of some left over welders cable I had from another project





Painted the radiator and the mounting hardware for ****s and giggles.





The cap will get replaced when I find one I like. Until then it keeps the dirt out.
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Well it has been a few days since last update. not much happening here as we are anxiously awaiting a few parts to be delivered. Here is customer service for you. So I order some under hood wiring rather than re-wire myself I thought for the cost and time it makes way more sense to just order a new engine harness with the HEI distributor included. So I order one and they ship it a week later. No big deal I know it takes awhile to ship items that are in stock and on the shelf. SMH..... 4 days later I open the box and they have not only sent the wrong wiring harness its for tail lights and fits a 67-72.. Im like WTH..?? So I call and the guy says are you sure because it sounds like you might not realize the parts you have are correct. Once again I am like WTH?? I said they are wrong and the part numbers don't match with whats on the order. So he says we are gonna need a picture and proof it is wrong.. Never heard of this before but I agree and take pics send them to the e mail he tells me and wait.... Two days later I call again and say hey whats the status of my order. He says its under review... Again.. WTH..?? I ask whats to be reviewed you sent the wrong part?? now when will the new one get here and include a return label so you can have this other piece back that is useless to me.. he says sorry but we will need the part back first then we will need to inspect it and then we can credit your account and you can order again..... Now its WTF...?? He says yea well we have had people screw us over in the past.. Being a mild mannered person I went into the explanation that the only reason this happens is because you as a company pull the wrong parts and ship them. Fix the root of the problem and get it through your head that you need to make up for your mistake not the other way around.. sorry sir but we are gonna need the part back here before we do anything about a replacement.. No problem I will send it right out and you can cancel the order asap I will spend my money where they can put the right parts in a box and ship them.... To say the least I cancel over $500 dollars worth of parts and now have re-ordered from other vendors.. I have gotten better service at Mcdonalds where they can put the right burger in a bag.. On a happier note I have decided to tackle a few other little projects in the build that were not scheduled as we have a little added time due to a vendors shipping issues. Going to tackle the dents in the front bumper and grill to help the ol' girls smile. Also decided it would make sense to strip the bottom side of the hood and all the associated hardware including the hood hinges and re-paint them all. I also decided to just re-do the turn indicator harness myself to save another headache. LOL More pics coming
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