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1967-1972 C10 Classic Truck Build

The Parts Search Begins

1967-1972 C10 Classic Truck Build
Posted March 20 2007 04:40 PM by Brandan 
Filed under: Truck Parts, Tech Tips, Chevy


Let's go back a few months to when I picked up my '67 Chevy project.  I got such a great deal and was so eager to get my first build under way that I overlooked just how much rust was lurking in all of the usual places.  Knowing that there are plenty of replacement panels available also gave me confidence that the Swiss-cheese rocker panels wouldn’t be an issue. 

    Fast forward to last month when I was stripping the truck in my garage.  Even the piles of rust that were falling out of the rockers did little to curb my enthusiasm; after all, I've been wanting to build a classic truck for years.  Then I pulled the windshield and everything came to a screeching halt.  The entire header panel was rusted through, with only the paint and a thin web of metal remaining.  I had to face the fact that the cab had more damage on it than I could afford to repair. 
    Finding pieces for my short bed was easy, I knew Goodmark made replacement bed sides, and aftermarket is the only way to go for a cowl induction hood.  So, after a phone call and placing an order, new parts were on their way to their Norwalk warehouse for me to pick up.  By the next week I had a truck bed full of new, straight, rust-free sheetmetal.


  With the easy part out of the way, it was time to focus on the cab.  After several visits to Craigslist and eBay, I got a tip from Sport Truck editor Calin Head, and contacted Bill O'Grady at Vintage Chevy Truck Parts.  Bill's warehouse is located in Fremont, CA, and is a paradise of '67-'72 Chevy truck parts.  Bill is a big fan of '67-'72 Chevy trucks, especially '72s, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the subtle changes of each year.  He's sort of a restoration buff, so I was apprehensive about telling about any of my plans for the truck that involve shaving and air bags, but he was till more than welcome to let me check out his warehouse. 


The walls were lined with racks of tailgates, hoods, doors, and fenders.  Everything from bumpers to radiators, radios to bucket seats, Bill's got it.  He's been accumulating parts and entire trucks at his warehouse for 12 years, and it turns out that he had a few cabs for me to look at.  It just so happened that he had a big-window cab with very little rust and only a few dents.  Since it's not a rare cab, I think Bill won't mind if the drip rails disappear.   
    Make sure to check out the magazine in the coming months, and the blogs in the next few weeks, as the build should really be getting under way.   

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