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Old 09-08-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

I have a 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup that i special ordered in 1965. I am currently just starting a restoration on it. It is totally original and when i pulled the engine(327 v8 H/O) to have it overhauled i discovered that it has a Roller Cam? I was not aware that engines of this vintage had roller cams. I have owned it since new so i know it came from the factory like this. I have been unable to get any information on this. Can anyone help me with this? This Truck was ordered with Powerglide Trans, Power Steering and 12 bolt Posi Differential.

I have been getting some smart ass replies and am sick of it. I will turn 80 in January and am not trying to impress anyone. If you cannot reply positively please do not reply at all. I have given my information as best that i can. I purchased this new and it is all as it came from the factory.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:59 PM   #2
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

Hmmm an engine in a C10 that even the Corvette did not come with and was not built for another 20 years. Interesting.
Or did you mean to say "hydraulic" cam?

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Old 09-08-2017, 03:50 PM   #3
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

Nice truck! Keep it original. Is that the factory dash unit? I thought the bezels up until 66 were black, and went to silver in 66?
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

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I have a 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup that i special ordered in 1965. I am currently just starting a restoration on it. It is totally original and when i pulled the engine(327 v8 H/O) to have it overhauled i discovered that it has a Roller Cam? I was not aware that engines of this vintage had roller cams. I have owned it since new so i know it came from the factory like this. I have been unable to get any information on this. Can anyone help me with this? This Truck was ordered with Powerglide Trans, Power Steering and 12 bolt Posi Differential.
The emblems that are on this truck are for a 1966? The emblems for 1965 are mounted on the outer hood cowl panels? Also the 327 was not offered in a C10 until 1966?

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Old 09-08-2017, 05:08 PM   #5
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

Ordered late in '65? Looks like a good one. Let's see more before pics, please.
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

It must have been a end of the Model Year 65 if it is registered as a 65. I didn't think a 327 was available until 66.
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You need to do some homework. You may have a "unicorn"
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That truck isn't for you. I'll be heading down there to take it off your hands.
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

Look very nice. I'd like to see your build sheet about the year and engine.
You have a cool history as well.
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Welcome to the site.
Interesting truck you have there.
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

You have pictures of the motor?
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:52 PM   #12
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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

The Machine shop guy calls it a Roller Cam. I ordered it in 1965 but it was a 651/2. That is why i was able to get the 327 v8. I do not have any pictures of the Motor at this time. The build sheet was under the seat but fell to pieces trying to remove.
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The emblems that are on this truck are for a 1966? The emblems for 1965 are mounted on the outer hood cowl panels? Also the 327 was not offered in a C10 until 1966?
It is a 65 1/2. Ordered late in 65. I was working for a Chevy dealership while going to school and special ordered this truck. Everything is from the factory.
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Hmmm an engine in a C10 that even the Corvette did not come with. Interesting.
Or did you mean to say "hydraulic" cam?
The Machine shop guy calls it a Roller Cam. The Machine shop has been in business for two generations and the owner is getting ready to retire. He has seen a lot of these engines and said that this is only the second one he has seen. He said it is very rare! He also mentioned some pins in the Crank journal effectively making it a 4 bolt main configuration.

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Re: 1965 1/2 C10 Pickup

What would be the purpose of the Vacuum gauge?
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Nice truck! Keep it original. Is that the factory dash unit? I thought the bezels up until 66 were black, and went to silver in 66?
This is a 65 1/2 model.
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It must have been a end of the Model Year 65 if it is registered as a 65. I didn't think a 327 was available until 66.
You are correct. Ordered late in 65. It is a 65 1/2 model.
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Look very nice. I'd like to see your build sheet about the year and engine.
You have a cool history as well.
Build sheet was under the seat but fell to pieces trying to remove.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:24 PM   #19
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You have pictures of the motor?
Sorry, no pictures of the Motor. I wish that i had more pictures.
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What would be the purpose of the Vacuum gauge?
I just thought that it was a neat option at the time. I was just a young kid and interested in cars. Notice the Tac also.
You have a nice Truck there.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:32 PM   #21
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You have pictures of the motor?
After the re-build i will post pictures. No pictures prior. I should have taken before pictures.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:33 PM   #22
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I just thought that it was a neat option at the time. I was just a young kid and interested in cars. Notice the Tac also.
You have a nice Truck there.
The tach would have a function. Unusual that GM would install the vacuum gauge without a purpose.
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I am curious what is stamped on the VIN tag?
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Yes, what is the VIN number ? Engine numbers ?
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Can you get a pic of the cam and the lifters? That'll clear up the whole "roller cam" question.
I'm not one to say "never," but as a tech editor for a Chevy magazine, and tech editor and freelance writer for several other magazines over the years, I have never heard of a factory roller cam in any Chevy vehicle from the '60s.

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