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1962 Chevy C10 Project – Humble Beginnings


14107767_1230833543593845_8909745629598272767_oMy current project truck is a 1962 Chevy C10 with a stepside bed and 235 line 6. It ran when parked in 2006 and was my wife’s grandfathers daily driver for years. I believe he bought it new and drove it for around 20 years before getting something else.

14053876_1230833540260512_1222182199054918652_oThe plan is pretty simple for this truck. First, we plan on pulling it out from the barn and getting it back to my house. Then, I’ll be working on getting the engine to turn over followed by working on the non-operational brakes and clutch. Hopefully, after getting these items addressed it will run and drive.

14102798_1230833536927179_6065876131031067459_oAfter that, the list is long. I plan to replace all the wheels, clean up and restore the interior, add an alternator for a future radio, replace the bed wood and add coffin rails. I also plan on keeping the patina and only do a clear coat over the entire truck. Along with fixing a few things like the front bumper, this will be it. I plan on keeping many of the dents as well. You know, the “character.”


Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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