Hey guys. This is my 1965GMC 1000. This is my first ever “classic” vehicle and I probably got in over my head, having never done a whole lot of work on cars while growing up. It needs a lot of body/paint work and I have yet to decide exactly how I want ti to look when done. My first goal was just to get and keep it running reliably because I have always wanted a classic, but needed a truck; so, I bought a classic truck. Ha! I have a build thread here that covers the mechanical stuff I have had to learn and fix on this truck.
There is a ton I do not know so this whole thing has been a learning curve. I’ll recap some things I have done here.
This is the truck when I bought it:
My wife said my daughter could not ride in it without seat belts. So, instead of making holes to mount aftermarket belts, I swapped the worn out bench
for seats out of a late model GMC truck that had the integrated belts
My paint work so far has been rattle can work. Anything I pulled off the engine, I repainted back to teh GMC red it was supposed to be instead of the orange somone else had put on it.
Except the valve covers. I had a little fun with those. Later my wife hand painted the letters GMC red for me. though not shown here.
I also refinished the instrument panel. I had my wife hand paint the silver trim for me.
The truck was missing a tailgate. Being on a tight budget, I built one out of wood I had lying around instead of buying an NOS or reproduction one.
I hated the bumper that was on teh truck, so I finally found one to replace it. That thick steal took a lot of heat, hammering and pressing to manipulate in teh few spots that needed it. My first exposure to any type of body work.
Rattled canned the headlight grill surround and headlight buckets since I had to replace some parts in that assembly. POR_15’d the back side of the bumper and the floor pans of the interior.
And finally added some late model GMC wheels…again due to budget. They were a lot cheaper than the popular aftermarkets.
So that is my playing around, a little bit at a time for the last four years. Most of that was done little by little during the first year. Since then it has been hauling mulch, river rock, furniture, etc.; and going to some local car/truck shows for fun.
It has a long way to go, but I still enjoy it as is.