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Old 11-27-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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68 C20--->Red Velvet

Ok time to make my own build thread. So the name is probably pretty corny, but when I look at the truck, thats the first thing that popped into my head.


Have done a few things here and there so I will just play catchup slowly with posts to update things.

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Friend of a friend found it in Mound City, Kansas. Story has it old man owned it since it had 700 miles on it. His friend bought it new, but said it got bad gas mileage and sold it to him soon after he got it. Truck hauled a camper most of its life. Had been setting for 6-7 years, but only not running for a year or so. He said he would go out and start in every couple months until pack rat got ahold of the wiring.

I bought truck sight unseen. Friend called and guy he knows found this truck and someone should buy it. I got a 20 min rundown description of it, bit bullet and said yes I want it. $1200 delivered to my driveway.

Here's how she showed up on 10-26-11

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Old 11-27-2011, 12:50 AM   #2
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Heres all the good parts.






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Old 11-27-2011, 12:57 AM   #3
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

i wonder what a good cleaning would do to the paint??? looks like it could be a good patina'd driver
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:58 AM   #4
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Overall pretty solid for a midwest truck.




But..........step 1 is clean it up a little. This is the hood.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:00 AM   #5
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Think of the moss on the hood as a good natural UV protectant.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:10 AM   #6
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

wow . the rust is not bad at all
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:34 PM   #7
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

So the clean up began. First thing I did was yank the cowl and clean the years of dirt and leaves out. This is my one off shop vac attachment I spent hours making. Ok so I dug through junk in garage for a minute, then grabbed the duct tape.


Tool worked great to get stuff out of cab vents.


They had been plugged for a while.


Here's the cowl after I got it cleaned out.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:37 PM   #8
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Pulled up rubber floor, and mad a sad face. Cab would probably be in way better shape if those vents hadn't been overflowing water to inside of cab for years.

Drivers side is a little worse then passenger side.



Im still very happy with overall condition of the cab though. Way better shape then my 76 that I sold to get this truck.

Pile of rotted away GM iron......
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:32 AM   #9
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

thats nothin, my california lose 3 golf balls holes are somthing!
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:55 AM   #10
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

that is not bad for rust...i love tha bumper mount spare
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:11 AM   #11
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

im jealous of the factory a/c. thats something to be thankful for.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:42 AM   #12
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

^^^^^hes right! i had to buy a 67 A/C cab to get A/C
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:52 AM   #13
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Finally time came to give the truck a bath. I got out the sprinkler to let her soak and soften up the mossy stuff.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:59 AM   #14
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

thats horrible... nice idea i hope it works. have you looked any thing up on how to take it off? what exactly is all of that?
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:05 AM   #15
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

nice what r your plans 4 it, SWB maybe
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:41 AM   #16
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

how did it get that bad to begin with?and is that the only spot?
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:45 AM   #17
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

come on lets see what it looks like with all the moss off of it !
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:07 PM   #18
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Nicely optioned truck and it looks like most of it is still there. It will be interesting to see how it cleans up. Good luck.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:11 PM   #19
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Does the engine run or have you tried yet? I can't remember if you said?
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

I have not tried to get it to run. Motor spins over freely. Come spring once I have collected lots of parts I will get it running. Needs gas tank,brake work, and wheels and tires. I want to put better carb on and an HEI too. Some of it I have, pics to come later. Just trying to drag this thread out.

OK.......back to the fun. Let the sprinkler soak for a couple hours. I don't know how the truck got so covered. It had a camper in back so it was all just mainly on the hood and fenders.

Here's hood afterward


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Old 11-30-2011, 12:47 AM   #21
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

More.....




Next day once it stopped raining. Shes got some nice patina goin!
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:15 AM   #22
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wow that came off pretty nice!
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

LOOKS great, inside of the bed looks amazing !!
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Re: 68 C20--->Red Velvet

Next was the motor. It was reel dirty.

Before....



After two cans of easy off oven cleaner and the hose.

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wow..looking good
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