I’ve been a classic Car guy since day one, or at least from age 16 when I got my learners permit. I’ve owned three classics (1) 1962 Chevy SS Impala 327 ci Automatic, (1) 1962 Chevy SS Impala 327 ci four speed and a 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396 ci full race cam four speed, all in my 20’s and 30’s. While raising are family having a classic Car was not reasonable or responsible, so we sold the 1962 Chevy SS Impala Four Speed. We raised three outstanding successful children, but I never lost my love of classic cars and would always talk about Americas great automobiles with our children.
Our children grow up which brings change. I retired and stared looking at classic cars. In 2012 I learned form a long time friend she had a 1967 Chevy C 10. The first thing I asked was does it have a 327 engine, yes it does, so I ask if I could look at the C 10. I learn the C 10 was used as a drive to town/Sunday Driver on a Farm in Saint Paul, Oregon. It had 60,000 original miles a 327 ci engine 275 HP, a TH400 automatic Trans. The truck body and bed were in excellent shape, as was the underside, running gear and interior, yes I bought it. The C 10’s 327 being a Chevy first Generation L30 was built with good old American steel and some folks refer to it as a Journal Engine and the TH400 stayed in production long afte1967 and is still sought after. Another significant fact of the American Automobile Industry of 1967 was that of being the last year U.S.A car’s would be built with out government regulations.
I found a shop in Independence, OR. where the owner allowed me to work with him on the restoration work. The truck’s paint was white but oxidized after a complete scuff job and sanding of the truck it was painted Dove Gray and the interior Chevy Metallic Blue. I removed the Chevy emblems also painting Chevy Metallic Blue and clear coating. Most all the weather stripping and rubber was replaced. I removed the Rochester 4 barrel Carb replacing it with an Edelbrock CFM 600 4 barrel Carb which replaced the manual choke, removed the manifold replaced with an Edelbrock street series, also a Gates High Performance water pump. My Mechanic and good friend Ray Vantassel of Salem, Oregon and I replaced points in the distributor with a Protronics system. Mirrors and bumpers where replaced by parts from LMC, Parkers Auto Electric in Salem, OR. up graded the C 10 to dull glass pack stainless exhaust (sounds of the sixties). The wheels are originally from Les Schwab tiers Salem, OR with stainless hubs. We cleaned, scuffed, and sanded the wheels. In the paint booth an adhesion spray was put on the wheels, then painted Gun Metal Metallic Gray, I added stainless steel trim rings form LMC. Since 2012 I have upgraded engine dress up, upgrades to interior, pin stripping and bed cover on the C 10.
We enjoy taking the 1967 C 10 to Classic Car shows spending time with our good Baby Boomer friends, and friendships we have made with other Baby Boomers. But the biggest enjoyment I get is taking the 67 C 10 out on a summers night listening to the sounds of the 60’s glass packs.