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Old 11-26-2006, 03:55 PM   #1
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I figure some of those crazy like me will like this little story.
A friend had a 74 Chevy C10 Pickup he bought from a couple leaving the area. They supposedly got it from the woman's dad who passed leaving it to them. It was the old guys pride and joy, but definitely not the same for the young couple, or for my friend for that matter. So since the couple got it in 1995 it has barely been driven.
Sat outside in the driveway, covered with leaves, and pine straw.
My friends wife has had enough of his cars that sit in the drive and he decided, making a smart move, to eliminate the ones he doesn't drive.
He offered to sell the Chevy to another acquaintance who just could not get it together, so he offered it to us, half a dozen times.
Realizing this would possibly be a good father son project for my 14 yr old and myself; we rented a car hauler and went to get the truck at a minimal cost.
7 hours later after trying to fix two dead tires, then replacing one, and then having the truck not want to roll on the trailer( did not want to start it until I got it home and did some service) and then rollin git on and almost off and then.....blowing a tire on the hauler leaving us stranded with my F250, the Chevy on the trailer and on a two lane very busy Atl road...........we made it home. Phew...
Started cleaning it later, emptying the glove box and assorted storage spots, and found that this old truck has 18,000 original miles in it! The original order sheet from 74, the manuals, spare parts, bedliner, all buried under dirt or in some storage box. All in surprisingly good shape too.
Underneath the dirt and green algae & mildew, a true diamond in the rough. After some basic servicing we started it up and it purrs like a 350 V-8 kitten.
I have begun to teach my son the basics of rust repair, luckily there is little, but it does need attention.
Meanwhile he learned how to tune it up, change the oil, polish out the chrome bumper, and a few other beginnings.
A nice end to our Thanksgiving adventure weekend.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
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1974 is old?

Crap...I'm getting old too then.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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32 years might make it that way....remember its all relative! MAN... THE MID 60'S WERE 40 YRS AGO!!!
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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This story is a keepsake What a duo! ~G
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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Had a tenant that had a C10 - bought it used from the local COOP Power Company. This one was high milage - but maintenance was textbook - very good records too. Anyway, this thing ran great and he used it to tow his boat to and from the boat launch - figured no one would mess with his "old" truck. Katrina took it - yet to be found, as far as I know. Last I saw him, it was the one thing he missed most.
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:53 PM   #6
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18,000 miles on a 1974 will be a great project--------
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:01 PM   #7
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Pictures??

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When do we get to see the before pictures?
Then the during and afters?
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:01 PM   #8
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That's what we're thinking, inside and under the hood is immaculate. The body has rust in one door bottom, and a few spots in the bed, but we wil have a good time fixing that and then repainting it.
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:02 PM   #9
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Yep 1974 is getting pretty ancient Here is my wife's project truck. It belonged to her grandfather. He purchased in new in 1963. Currently it is under the barn with about a dozen or so other "projects"

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:04 PM   #10
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OK, Here is one that is 33 model years old. But we have owned it for 34 years.

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:11 PM   #11
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here are some shots. I wasn't gonna post em being the Airstream forum and all, but anway,
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:12 PM   #12
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yeah Love those other two! Especially Grandad's that is so cool. So you guys think I can tow the 31 Sovereign with the C10? Its a 350 2 bbl 2 wh drive.
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:15 PM   #13
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here is the inside. Its got added GM A/c and a pretty cool 70's stereo.
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What a great F/S team thing to do. And a great find. I have a special place in my automotive heart for '74 trucks. When my father passed in '85 I inherited his '74 GMC. It was tan and white and was a great truck. Sadly, when we moved from the prairies to the wet coast within a year it just rotted out completely. We think it was all the salt dust caught up in the body and box but it was unbelieveable how bad it got. Although I had to part it out I still have the engine, trans and a bunch of other stuff. Eventually I will find something like you have and put everything to good use.

Pics would be great. Have fun doing it up.

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