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When I was a young teen, I bought my first truck. It was a 1963 Chevy C10, longbed fleetside. I had that truck for 11 years and did a full body off restoration on it. Started with a 283cid SBC with a 2 bbl carb and a Powerglide 2 speed auto. It went through multiple configurations, but when I finally sold the truck, it had a 400cid SBC with a Holley model 4175 650cfm carb and a TH-400 3 speed automatic. It was a lot of fun, but I sold it when I got married because I needed money more than I needed 2 trucks and 2 motorcycles.



Fast forward 19 years and my current wife (the first one only lasted a year.) has gotten tired of hearing me lament the loss of that old truck.

So, with her blessing, I started looking for another truck to take it's place.

There were a lot of minor body style and design changes from 1960 to 1966. I only liked a certain combination of them. That meant I needed to look for a 1962 or a 1963. I always wanted the Shortbed Stepside version as well. I always thought they looked a lot more "Cool."

I found an untitled 1962 with no drive train, but it had a 1967 275hp 327cid SBC that came with it. I figured that I could put it back together and get it titled again.



While looking for parts, I came across another 1962, but this one was a shortbed fleetside with a 230cid Straight 6 and the SM420 truck 4 speed with granny low. Best thing about it was that it was titled, and running, so I bought it as well.



So I swapped the beds and put the 327cid in the Red truck.





Here's a short video of the engine when I first got it running after the install. LINK

If you look closely, you will see that I installed an AC unit in there to keep my wife happy. In the Sacramento Valley here in California, it gets a bit warm in the summer. Without the AC, my wife wouldn't ride with me in it.

I know it looks a little funny, but it's still a work in progress. After I finish all the body work, I'll worry about paint. In the mean time, it runs and I can have fun with it. It does burn rubber in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and probably 4th gear. I haven't actually tried for 4th, but it feels like it will do it.
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When I was a young teen, I bought my first truck. It was a 1963 Chevy C10, longbed fleetside. I had that truck for 11 years and did a full body off restoration on it. Started with a 283cid SBC with a 2 bbl carb and a Powerglide 2 speed auto. It went through multiple configurations, but when I finally sold the truck, it had a 400cid SBC with a Holley model 4175 650cfm carb and a TH-400 3 speed automatic. It was a lot of fun, but I sold it when I got married because I needed money more than I needed 2 trucks and 2 motorcycles.



Fast forward 19 years and my current wife (the first one only lasted a year.) has gotten tired of hearing me lament the loss of that old truck.

So, with her blessing, I started looking for another truck to take it's place.

There were a lot of minor body style and design changes from 1960 to 1966. I only liked a certain combination of them. That meant I needed to look for a 1962 or a 1963. I always wanted the Shortbed Stepside version as well. I always thought they looked a lot more "Cool."

I found an untitled 1962 with no drive train, but it had a 1967 275hp 327cid SBC that came with it. I figured that I could put it back together and get it titled again.



While looking for parts, I came across another 1962, but this one was a shortbed fleetside with a 230cid Straight 6 and the SM420 truck 4 speed with granny low. Best thing about it was that it was titled, and running, so I bought it as well.



So I swapped the beds and put the 327cid in the Red truck.





Here's a short video of the engine when I first got it running after the install. LINK

If you look closely, you will see that I installed an AC unit in there to keep my wife happy. In the Sacramento Valley here in California, it gets a bit warm in the summer. Without the AC, my wife wouldn't ride with me in it.

I know it looks a little funny, but it's still a work in progress. After I finish all the body work, I'll worry about paint. In the mean time, it runs and I can have fun with it. It does burn rubber in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and probably 4th gear. I haven't actually tried for 4th, but it feels like it will do it.
I so envy you guys who can do, seemingly, everything. Lately, I can screw up a coat of wax on my Sportie. Great reading about your project.
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I so envy you guys who can do, seemingly, everything. Lately, I can screw up a coat of wax on my Sportie. Great reading about your project.
It didn't start out that way. You saw the first photo in the series. That was my Father standing there with me. I credit him with teaching me most of the repair/fabrication skills I have. He and I worked on that old 1963 truck for many long hours.

I am now doing the same with my Daughter. She helps me work on the 1962 truck and has helped me with most of my projects since she was old enough to know which end of the wrench to hold on to.

One of my Father's proudest moments was when Rose and I drove the 1962 Truck over to his place. He passed away not too long after that. Thankfully, he got to see that his knowledge was being passed on.

So, just keep trying, ask questions, and pay attention. There are many great people on this forum who are more than willing to help you with whatever mechanical issues you have. All you have to do is ask.
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The SO owns a 1975 FJ40 and over the last decade or so, we have been restoring and updating it so it can be a limited daily driver. It needs a few minor mechanical things done, and then a paint job. We may also do a frame off resto to clean it up and make it last another 50 years.

If I could go out and buy any vehicle right now, it would be the truck model of our landcrusier, the FJ45:



I just don't need 2 trucks (nor have the space).
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Airbozo,

Nice choice of vehicles. My brother bought a 1977 LandCruiser back in 1977. He had that for a number of years. Great, go anywhere vehicle.

Never saw the FJ45 in action, but looks like it's just as stout.
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