I purchased this truck in August of 2015 from a father and son project that went dormant in the year of 1997. Many people were interested in buying it over the years, but they shied away from the scope of work it would take to get it back on the road. All I had to work with was the frame and cab along with the engine that was built in 1997 and never fired.
The engine was well taken care of over the years by the father, so all I did to it was install a Hydraulic roller cam and new gaskets throughout. I completely disassembled the SM465 and upgraded 3rd gear and installed new synchronizers. Even though it will never see off-road, I installed a mini spool up front and Eaton Posi in the rear with a 3:08 gear ratio.
My next adventure was trying to find everything to take it back to all-original, from hub caps to air cleaner. So with extensive research and parts-hunting, along with help from LMC, I was able to get that factory look that I desired.
In December of 2016 we had some good weather and I was able to take her out for the first time in over two decades and show it to the previous owner, who was blown away. Since the restoration has been completed I have logged in almost 1000 miles going to car shows with no problems at all.
The whole process of building the truck has turned into a family affair for my kids and me. They helped me along the way as best as they could and are the first to grab a rag when she needs a touching up. I also gave them a life lesson on what hard work can do for you if you are persistent and dedicated.