It’s Been a Long Time Coming
I’ve had this 1985 Chevy K-10 4×4 shortbed truck for several years as a daily driver. In 2010 the original motor was replaced with a stock crate 5.3 liter motor; the 700R4 HD transmission was completely rebuilt in 2014. In 2015 I was driving home one evening, and since I live in the backwoods mountains of Tennessee where there are plenty of deer and other wildlife, a deer came out of nowhere and we collided. It damaged the front bumper, hood, passenger side door and rear quarter panel, and right side front fender.
So my son and I decided to rebuild the truck to our own vision and preference. He likes original, I like chrome.
Since I’m a 100% totally and permanently disabled Viet Nam veteran (1967-1968 tour of duty), my son has been the main source of most of the heavy lifting and mechanics of removal and installation of new parts and pieces, while he also attended college at Chattanooga to be a certified industrial electrician.
I would like to thank LMC Truck for their commitment and trademarked slogan “Keep ‘em on the Road.” Their expertise and excellent support staff have been indispensable in the restoration effort of this truck. Thank you!
We have ordered a new front bumper and front grille, right side door and mirrors, cowl induction hood, and every light on the truck has been updated to LED, so maybe I can see the next deer. We also added all new rubber seals for doors, windows and cab mounts, new step bars, chrome trim around the cab and fenders, and hundreds of other parts and pieces.
Not long after receiving these replacement parts, I started having problems with the leg I was wounded in. I had total knee replacement in 2017, which put the truck restoration on hold for about 6 months. After physical therapy we were able to get back on our project truck.
After many long weekends and late nights, we finally got the truck ready to be painted. I found an excellent body man named Randy Wiggins whose work I was very impressed and happy with. After he got started on the body work, he broke his back while working on another project, which put my truck on hold while he had surgery and recovery. This delayed my truck project for over a year.
This paint color came from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race car that I’d seen him drive. I love this color. It “pops,” especially under lights.
Now that most of the exterior has been completed, next comes the interior, and a whole lot of other surprises in store, especially since now my son has graduated college and is employed full time.
So I’m sure my slogan of “It’s been a long time coming” will stay true to form, but I refuse to give up. I will see this project completed. Wish me luck.