1974 Truck Build

January 3, 2021

Total Invested: $0.00

I spotted this truck in my neighborhood some time ago...it was just sitting at the end of the property, tucked behind other old farm equipment and slowly rusting away.

March 30, 2021

Total Invested: $1,500.00

One day I was driving by the place, and saw an old man tinkering in his yard, so I stopped by and casually inquired about the truck...

"The truck belonged to an old friend of mine," the old man said. "Back in 1995 he borrowed some money and left the truck as collateral. We drove it to this spot here, and it has been sitting here since. That son of the bitch never came back for it."

It's was a 1974 Chevy K10. The truck used to be recovery tow truck...and looked bad as hell...

Square Body Chevy Truck

"So...would you like to sell it?" I asked.

"Nope." The old man said...

After some time talking about the trucks, politics and life in general, the old man gave in.

"I see you are a nice guy and I like you, so how about $1,500...for the truck as is."

"Deal," I said.

A couple of days later, with the bill of sale in my pocket and truck on the trailer I was heading home, a happy guy.

May 21, 2021

Total Invested: $1,819.75

After sitting in the field fro 25 years DMV had no record of the truck, it was purged. A handful of forms were filled, numerous fees were paid...appointment made with CHP to verify the VIN number, then the truck was taken to the public scales and weighed...Back in the DMV line. After a month or so, I got the title and new license plates ... Another truck was brought back to life, back on the road where it belongs...

Couple days later the beast was alive...driving on his own power.

July 7, 2021

Total Invested: $1,819.75

I don't want to waste time or money to see what the truck is made of ...so without any delays, I got to work.

Finished rebuilding 1 ton axles that have been living in my garage for a year and slid them under the truck. Then everything started to come off...one rusty bolt at a time. Winch, bed, cab, motor... One hour here, another hour there, the truck and empty beer bottles were scattered all over the yard...

...it's HOT as f***...lately (f*** = 109F).

July 10, 2021

Total Invested: $1,892.56

Early in the morning before the heat drove us all back inside our houses...I managed to pull the motor/transmission/transfer case out of the truck...took gas tanks off...and power washed the frame.

To Be Continued...

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