My ’62 Ride
Approximately five years ago, I purchased this ride from a gentleman in Oregon State to which my dad and I decided to restore this truck. It was a true barn find that sat for over 15 years. We had the truck brought up to Langley BC, Canada to my shop, where my dad and I started the rebuild.
I had to take a break from finishing my truck as my dad passed away. He was a US Navy Vet; very proud of his contribution to our freedom in the US and Canada in the Second World War. It was hard to finish, as each time I went out to the shop, I could only remember my dad with me. My dad and I were close buddies and we restored a few vehicles together.
After a couple of years of sitting, I could not let this journey just sit and sit, and decided to finish this sweet ride. You see, this is a rare-optioned truck finished and it should be in car shows and summer crusin’. My C10 is a 1962 Custom Deluxe. It has a factory big back window, which is very rare, a full custom chrome package when new, a factory 283 engine, which is still running today, all original numbers matching engine – no aftermarket stuff matted to a totally rebuilt power-glide transmission. We had the front end totally rebuilt including all new ball joints, upper and lower tie rod ends, inner and outer, and steering gear. This truck has power steering and power brakes. I have kept it all original rebuilt drum brakes and new gas shocks to be able to qualify for collector status, which is also very rare to accomplish here in Canada. This truck also has factory windshield washer, factory full gauge package, including factory tachometer and including factory four way flashers.
The interior is all new from LMC, including new carpet, new seat liner, and new sun shades. I had purchased all new chrome from LMC, which is totally awesome and fits excellent. I also purchased all new rubber moldings, including new cats hair for the windows from LMC, which totally soundproofs the truck and was easy to install. It also has a factory AM radio which actually works.
I had the paint done by a local paint shop, which looks awesome and have now been asked to put the truck into calendars for local custom hot rod advertising. The chrome grille I had polished locally as the grille cannot be bought reproduction and is in excellent shape. I installed power brakes and power steering, which is great running these 22″ Velocity rims. I decided to lower the truck to its current stance, which rides very good. I decided to install a new wood bed. I hand cut the wood and milled it here in my garage, stained and varnished the wood (three coats both sides), and bought new SS bed rails – easy to install from LMC. LMC also sold me the chrome bumpers, which fit perfect to this truck as the old ones were scratched and marked up. I took the truck to a local custom exhaust shop where I had installed 2-1/2″ custom tuned dual exhaust with Jones mufflers – sounds throaty and excellent being all tuned exhaust.
I’ve always like this era of C10’s and a 1962 C10 was my first truck, which I sold a long time ago but have always loved this style. The truck was in good shape when I purchased it, and still has the original cab corners and cab supports from new. The truck was actually a no-rust truck. Only two very small holes in the front fender where I cut out the rust and welded in new metal.
I do get lots and lots of looks on the strip, and on the ocean beach rides, so many people just want to take pictures of the truck. Up here in Canada, this truck has become extremely rare and in this condition its even more rare. I can hardly wait to enter this truck into car shows!
I can’t thank LMC for all their help on this amazing journey. They were very helpful with all my many questions and the service was very good.
P.S. Thanks, LMC.