1967 Chevrolet C10 Long Bed Pickup in Rosewood brown (1971 GM color) EFI, 5 Spd
Rebuilt 350 SBC with Edelbrock port EFI,
New Tremec TKO-600 5 Speed Transmission
Power Steering, Power Disk Brakes,
New Custom interior with bucket seats and console.
Very pretty rosewood brown metallic paint.
w/ 1971 Fiberglass Topper and custom boot.
Interval wipers with one touch wipe, new proper washer system, Right side and rear view cameras, new electrical wiring, relays for low and high beams. 100 amp one wire new (not rebuilt) US made alternator, electric fan, new dash with tach, and more upgrades and improvements in detail below.
I built this long bed truck for long distance travel, and local use. The topper is from 1971, makes the truck quieter, and unlike most, does not leak. It is excellent for camping, or just keeping your stuff safe and dry.
5000 miles since mechanical rebuild/restoration/modifications and installation of new instrument cluster
All "new" items listed are since installation of the new cluster, so maximum of mileage on odometer
Details below. Must see and drive. Very comfortable drive.
Tremec TKO 600 5 speed transmission (new at 0 miles on new cluster-old cluster was same type from original equip) 12 inch clutch - new flywheel - hydraulic clutch with Wilwood master cylinder - new driveshaft and center bearing. Excellent gearing range with a 5th gear cruise of 2000 RPM at 70 MPH.
350 V8 rebuilt by previous owner - stock rebuild about 2000 miles before cluster install
Port EFI - Pro Flo 3 (new) installed about 2500 miles ago
CPP front Disk brake kit - heavier duty 6 bolt with 12 inch rotors with standard height spindles
New rear brakes - drums, cylinders, hardware, all hoses
replaced any worn front suspension components with Moog
Power Steering, Power Brakes
Rewired with new Painless harness
Custom interior featuring bucket seats with lumbar supports, tweed cloth inserts of period style, custom console with storage compartments (upholstered over Baltic Birch ply), lighting, armrest space, 3 cup holders, 12v power outlet, outer pleather boot, and carpeted inset for cellphone/tablet/GPS. New OEM correct upholstered 1967 door panels in light saddle color. New dark saddle dash pad. New light saddle visors (not installed - in spares - still using black visors from prior owner). New black carpet.
New cowl ventilation vent door assemblies
235/15 Goodyear Wrangler tires on 5 - 15x8 original GM Rally wheels (refinished) - yes, with spare
Many other upgrades:
New Instrument cluster with tach – original was same style six gauge optional cluster – noted on option tag on glove box door.
added tach when I ordered new instrument cluster
two temperature gauges - accurate mechanical aftermarket gauge (sender in drivers side head), and EFI system gauge in thermostat housing. Third gauge would be available using original cluster using a sender in passenger side head, but as that would be the least accurate gauge, haven't connected it.
Upgraded oil pressure gauge line with AN braided line
Backup and right side view cameras
1968 outside right and left wide view mirrors with additional parabolic peep mirror on right side
Interval wipers (variable) with one touch single wipe
Windshield Washer system with pump at stock washer bottle (where it should be) instead of as part of the washer motor, with new and better quality washer nozzles. For reliability and ease of operation, I also moved the switch to the top of the console near the shift knob.
Headlight relays for high and low beams.
GM didn't have headlight relays stock, which causes the headlight and dimmer switches to burn out, so I added headlight relays to insure only low amperage signal power goes through the switch. (Of course it has a new switch, too.) I made a custom harness so the relays would be the common Bosch type 5 pin relays. The aftermarket kits include a more difficult to source 4 pin relay.
Stainless steel fine mesh cowl grill screen (custom - small mesh to keep out all debris, unlike aftermarket cowl screens)
Modern winch for spare tire carrier (new part - type for current Ford F150) along with proper tire changing kit and hd scissor jack (and yes, all new)
Carpeted bed area with storage boxes (carpeted Baltic Birch) built in on left hand size. Floor carpet is removable
Southernaire Sportster fiberglass topper (original, unaltered) true to the period, one of the classy toppers of the late 1960-1970's. Amazingly, it doesn't leak, not even through the rear lift glass hatch, where most toppers leak. The custom made EPDM boot is to streamline the truck for better gas mileage. The boot is not directly attached to the cab. Cab back roof is covered with 3M clear mask and the boot is bonded to the film so the paint is protected.
Adding the Topper made the cab much quieter.
I also have a camper "tent" available (extra cost) (custom made for another vehicle, but fits really well) that goes over the back of the topper with the hatch and tailgate open, making the topper into about a 10 foot camper.
Sliding rear window in cab (new)
When installing the Tremec transmission, I stripped the cab floor and completely re-coated it with a high impact resistant epoxy fiberglass composite to protect the floor. I then made a custom transmission cover of epoxy composite and steel with an inner rubber boot (Camaro – common aftermarket reproduction part).
Electric engine fan and lightweight, efficient engine fan for safety. Electric fan is controlled through EFI system as is the electronic distributor.
Fuel system EFI is supplied by an FiTech fuel Command center, which is safer than running a EFI high pressure pump in a fuel tank as the fuel command center is a fuel sump which requires only a short high pressure hose to the EFI system. In the case of this install, it is less than 2 feet. The system, as set up, has two fuel filters in the low pressure line from the mechanical fuel pump. I choice to keep the original tank, as when you move the tank to the back, you lose the place for the spare tire. I solved the problem of the smelly tank by fitting a new collar on the filler neck ( https://www.fillernecksupply.com/2-billet-aluminum-anodized-weld-on-bung-and-fill-cap-pro-werks/ ) with matched threaded aluminum sealed cap, coupled with a custom charcoal vapor canister mounted up in the rear corner of the double wall cab.
100 amp, low rpm start (880 rpm start) US made one wire alternator
The AM/FM CD radio was put in by the previous owner.
All work has been done since December 2016. This truck was built for long distance driving, camping, and practical things like picking up 4x8 sheets of plywood. Starts every time, drives well, stops well, cruises on highway well.
My fuel mileage 14-18 MPG. Generally 15-16 in town. Road 65-70 mph cruise 17-18 Highest MPG with EFI and Tremec was 18.5 MPG.
The truck comes with many new spares, some of which are, a CPP front sway bar kit, various weatherstrip and door felt, right side vent wing assembly, door latch hardware, electrical switches, black dash pad, interior door panels, and the installation alignment "Brownell jig" for precise alignment of the transmission to the engine and clutch.
Please note that this was not a ground up, off the frame restoration. The prior owner had already painted it and installed the rebuilt 350 with a rebuilt Turbo Hydramatic. (The original spec listed on the glovebox tag was with a 283, Powerglide, PS, PB, deluxe heater, and the 6 gauge instrument cluster. In that configuration, the truck got 10-12.6 mpg. On inspection of the undercarriage and body, I determined that this truck did not require a full restoration. The body and chassis is in amazingly good shape, even for a 20 year old truck, much less a 50 year old truck. The only rust is a longer term problem in both lower rockers that will take many years to become an issue worth repairing. I was going to replace the affected areas with a strong epoxy composite that I have manufactured auto fenders, kayaks, and even structural parts.
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