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1968 CHEVY SHORT STEP


  
  
 

WELL IT ALL STARTED WHEN MY SON TURNED 16 YEARS OLD AND HE DECIDED
IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO HAVE HIS OWN CAR. HE SAYS MY SISTER HAD ONE
WHEN SHE WAS 16. SO IN OCT OF 2002 WE FOUND A 1968 CHEVY SHORT
STEP. IT HAD A 350 / 5 SPEED IN IT AND IT WAS ONLY $ 1500 AT THE TIME I
THOUGHT NOT A BAD DEAL. SO I ASKED HIM ARE YOU SURE THIS IS WHAT
YOU WANT. NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK HE SAID. SO I PAID THE MAN THE
$1500. AND HE DROVE IT HOME. WHEN WE GOT HOME HE TOLD ME DAD I
DONíT THINK I LIKE A STANDARD SHIFT AND THE TRUCK PULLS REALLY
BAD WHEN I HIT THE BRAKES. AND IT SURE IS HARD TO TURN WHEN YOUR
NOT MOVING.

WELL 6 MONTH LATER AND ABOUT $18000.00 SPENT THIS IS WHAT WE GOT. WE
DID ALL THE WORK OUR SELVES EXCEPT FOR THE PAINT JOB. THIS IS WHAT
WE DID, WE STARTED BY CHANGING FROM A 6 LUG TO A 5 LUG ADDING
POWER DISC BRAKES AND POWER STEERING. THEN WE BUILT A 3.08 REAR
END TO REPLACE THE 3.73 FOR GAS MILEAGE. THEN WE BUILT A 350 ENG
BORED IT 30 OVER ADDED A MILD CAM, FLAT TOP PISTONS, EDELBROCK RPM
PERFORMER INTAKE AND A 750 EDELBROCK CARB. BY THIS TIME MONEY
WAS RUNNING SHORT SO ALUMINUM HEADS WERE OUT OF THE PIC. BUT I
DID RUN ACROSS SOME 2.02 DOUBLE HUMPED HEADS. WE HAD PROBLEMS
WITH THE BELTS STRETCHING SO I PUT A SERPENTINE BELT SYSTEM ON IT. I
HAD A 350 TRANSMISSION BUILT ALSO.

THEN THE REAL FUN STARTED. WE BOUGHT SEVERAL 67-72 TRUCKS
THINKING WE WOULD SAVE SOME MONEY ON BODY PARTS. BUT
WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT, THE SAME PARTS THAT I NEEDED FOR HIS
TRUCK WERE BAD ON ALL THE TRUCKS I BOUGHT. (CAB CORNERS,
FENDERS ROCKERS ETC). SO MOMMA SAID SHE WOULD GET A
SECOND JOB TO HELP BUY NEW PARTS. WE DECIDED TO REPLACE
EVERY THING ROCKERS, FLOOR BOARDS CAB CORNERS FENDERS
INNER AND OUTER RADIATOR SUPPORT ETC. WE TOOK PICS FROM
START TO FINISH. WE DECIDED TO SHAVE THE GAS TANK OUT AND
REPLACE IT WITH A BLAZER CONVERSION KIT. MY SON SAID THAT HE
DIDN'T WANT THE WOOD REPLACED IN THE BED HE WANTED
ALUMINUM PUT IN IT. OH LETS NOT FORGET THAT HE JUST HAD TO
HAVE IT LOWERED. WE LOWERED IT WITH 2 1\2 ď DROP SPINDLE IN
FRONT AND 4 ď COILS ON THE REAR. I WAS REALLY SURPRISED AT
HOW WELL THE TRUCK RODE.

THEN IT CAME TIME TO PICK THE PAINT COLOR. HE DIDN'T WANT WHAT
EVERYONE ELSE HAD (BLACK, BLUE, GREEN, YELLOW). I THINK WE DID
A GOOD JOB ON THESE COLORS WHAT DO YOU THINK. I THINK I WISHED
I WERE 16 YEARS OLD AGAIN.

I KNOW YOUíRE THINKING BOY THATíS A LOT OF MONEY AND TROUBLE
FOR A 16 YEAR OLD BOY. BUT WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT A
16 YEAR OLD BOY WHO STAYS OUT OF TROUBLE WORKS WEEKEND TO
HELP PAY FOR THE PARTS AND RESPECTS HIS PARENT WHAT ELSE
CAN YOU ASK FOR IN THIS DAY AND TIME.
AND HE MIGHT BE JUST A LITTLE SPOILED TOO.

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