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Old 03-28-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Truck Info – 1969 C10 (the reason I joined this forum)
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
Body: C10 – long box pickup
Year: 1969
Suspension type: Coils - cut in front
Front Brakes: Disc from 1977 Bonanza
Rear Brakes: Drum
Steering: Manual
Rear differential type/Gear ratio: GM 12 bolt, 3.08
Tire and Wheel Size: Front: 235/65s on 15x7s Rear: 275/60s on 15x8s – BFG Radial TAs on Smoothies

Color Scheme: Green
Modifications: Rollpan, no moldings

Color: black and maroon (soon to be all black or black/green)
Seats: 1976 K5 buckets and center console
Material: cloth maroon
Upholsterer: OEM GM
Wiring: Painless wiring harnesses
Modifications: None
Steering wheel/Column: Grant
Stereo/Speakers/Amps: Retro-sound stereo with dual voice coil dash speaker
Air Conditioning: Nope
Instrument Gauges: Aftermarket Tach, mechanical Oil, temperature and volts (Sunpro)

Cubic Inch: 305
Bored: .030
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
Original: No
Camshaft: Lunati Voodoo 268/276
Cylinder heads: RHS (ported and decked .050) with PBM stainless undercut race valves, 1.6 roller tip rockers on intake, 1.52 on exhaust
Valve Covers: Chrome
Intake Manifold: Street Dominator
Ignition System: Pertronix Igniter 3
Exhaust type: 1 3/4” Hooker Competition headers, H pipe, Short (12”) glass packs, tail pipe exiting in front of rear wheels.
Carburetor: 670cfm Holley Street Avenger fed by 110 gal/hr Holley fuel pump

Automatic/Standard: TH350
Torque Converter: TCI 2400 stall
Modifications: S10 governor
Shifter type: Column shift
Driveshaft: One piece from 1977 Bonanza

Truck Info – 1989 S10 BAJA (my first truck and pride and joy)
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
Body: S10 – reg cab, reg box with factory BAJA package
Year: 1989
Suspension type: Sitting on 1976 K5 frame with 2” lift Springs
Front Brakes: Disc
Rear Brakes: Drum
Steering: Power with modified Jeep Cherokee Steering Shaft
Front differential type/Gear ratio: Dana 44, 3.07
Rear differential type/Gear ratio: GM 12 bolt, 3.08
Tire and Wheel Size: 37” Super Swamper Boggers on 15x10 Outlaw 2s

Color Scheme: Black with Factory BAJA decals and parts
Modifications: Cowl hood, Bushwacker cut-out fender flares

Color: Charcoal
Seats: S10 buckets and center console
Material: Cloth
Upholsterer: OEM GM
Wiring: Summit wiring harnesses
Modifications: Lokar Floor Shifter, Tach cluster with cable speedo out of 1986 S10 Blazer
Steering wheel/Column: Grant
Stereo/Speakers/Amps: Factory CD Player out of 1992 S10 Blazer
Air Conditioning: Not anymore
Instrument Gauges: Tach, Volts, Temp, Fuel and Oil Pressure, Aftermarket Transmission Temperature

Cubic Inch: 350
Bored: .060
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
Original: No
Camshaft: Unknown, Jasper rebuilt motor
Cylinder heads: 882s, 76cc
Valve Covers: Proform Black w/ Red Chevrolet
Intake Manifold: Weiand Stealth
Ignition System: MSD Streetfire
Exhaust type: Summit headers, H pipe, Short (12”) glass packs, tail pipe dumping just over rear axle.
Carburetor: 600cfm Holley

Automatic/Standard: TH350
Torque Converter: Factory
Modifications: none
Shifter type: Lokar Cable Shifter
Driveshaft: Resized factory
Transfer Case: NP203 (still fulltime 4wd)

What is your name?

Kelly Tinker Gregory

Please share a few things about yourself.
Born and raised in a little town in NY called Horseheads with 2 brothers and 2 sisters – I was the ‘baby’ of the family. My Dad was hoping for a boy, but always said he got one anyhow since I was a tomboy. The morning he was to take me to pick up my first truck, he told my Mom: “I’m going to take our son to pick up her truck today”. Hobbies are trucks (of course!), mountain biking, hiking, horses, 4-wheeling. I like just cheese and pepperoni on my pizzas. Favorite vacation places are the mountains (in general) and Civil War sites.

How long have you owned your truck?
The Baja since April 1998 and the 69 since June 2002.

What made you decide to buy this truck?
I bought the Baja because I needed a 4wd for my long commute through the NY hills in the winter to my first job. I had wanted a full-size, but looked for an S10 for the gas mileage.
We didn’t buy the 69 C10 – it was rotting in my brother’s backyard. He gave it to us for free – just happy to have it out of his yard.

How do you store your truck, at home, garage, outside etc?
They are both parked in the garage at home.

What do you enjoy about your truck the most?
With the BAJA, I love the reaction I get from kids – they love it… my nephew calls it my monster truck. Heck, I get a great reaction from everyone usually – it is a very unique S10.
With the 69, we enjoy just cruising the back roads and listening to the sound of the gilmer drive and the exhaust.

What was your biggest influence in building your truck?
With the BAJA it was the fact the frame was rotten away… I found a 1976 K5 with a rotten body and went from there. I really wanted it to look like it came on that frame.
With the 1969, we wanted to do something different – something you don’t see everyday, hence the 305, the Gilmer Drive, the molding removal, the color and the fact we kept it a longbox.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced in working on your project? How did you/do you handle it?
Money and confidence. Both trucks sat for a long time mostly because I was intimidated by the projects… but once I started, it turned out OK and I’ve learned so much. Now the trouble is money and time!

What/who is your favorite/best part source?
LMC, Summit and Jegs.

What are some things have helped your project to be a success?
Support and help from friends and my husband. Lots of good info from sites such as this one!

What is the history behind your truck?
The Baja was built in Shreveport (where all BAJAs were built) and bought new from a dealer in the town near mine. The first owner spent time in Boston and at some point the truck was submerged under water. The second owner bought it to use for hunting, then sold it to me when his father-in-law gave him a full-size truck.
The 69 C10 was built in Baltimore and has never been North of that. It was sold at a dealership in Petersburg, VA. The guy who had it at some point put a rebuilt 350 in there and changed it to a 2 barrel carb. His son sold it to my brother who drove it for a while, then gave it to his son, who used the truck for a bumper car. He later swapped the negative and positive battery cable after replacing the starter and fried the wiring in the truck. Then it just sat in my brother’s back yard and that is where we got it.

What do you use your truck for?
Both are mostly for fun… but they have both gone to work, they have both taken trash to the dump. And they both make you feel so much better if you drive them after a bad day.

Whats your favorite modification done to truck and why?
The BAJA – putting it on the K5 frame because it just looks so good!
The 69 – the Gilmer Drive – love that whine.

If you had one thing to do over on your build, what would it be and why?
The BAJA – the bodywork… there is some rot in the cab that probably should have been addressed but I just wanted to get it on the road. Now, I’ll have to take it down to fix it later.
The 69 – nothing so far, but it isn’t finished.

What are your future plans for your truck?
The BAJA is to get gears and maybe some paint and bodywork down the road.
The 69 is to have some interior work done.

What words of advice do you have to people who are just starting out with their project?
Don’t give up on it… even if you feel intimidated by something that seems hard or things are working out right. Just keep at it because it will really make you feel good when you can enjoy all your hard work and other people like it too!

69 Chevy C10

88 Sierra

02 2500 Suburban
And too many S10s to list!
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