When Dave Reagan purchased this '67 Chevy longbed and became its third owner, he intended it to be just his daily driver. The body and interior were original, the engine had just been rebuilt, and it had been given a 700R4 transmission conversion. He wasn't looking for a show vehicle, just a nice solid truck that had little rust and would reliably take him back and forth to work. That is until he drove it home, parked it in his driveway, and showed it to his wife. She promptly looked at Dave's purchase and said that he was going to paint that ugly thing if he intended to park in front of their home.

So, even though Dave hadn't bought the truck intending for it to be a project, two months after purchasing it he was out in his garage tearing it down. For the next six months he worked on the Chevy, improving it and making it into something his wife would let him park in front of their home. He started Christmas weekend by pulling all the panels off, stripping them, and then seeing what he had to work with.

The body was the most important thing, as that was why the truck was apart in the first place. So the next five weekends were spent in his garage with a few of his friends prepping the body panels for the Glasurit Indigo Blue paint. As he was doing the prep work a few things were discovered that had to be replaced. One of those items was the header panel which had to go as it had seen years of abuse and was beyond repair. Dave also found out that the front fenders were from a '68 Chevy. Wanting a '67 truck, and not just pieces of one, Dave went out and purchased the correct fenders.

While the truck was apart Dave decided to upgrade a few things on the chassis. An Eaton Posi was installed in the rearend, along with five-lug axles. The suspension was lowered using custom springs from Classic Performance Products, with Doetch Tech shocks adding stability at all four corners. Also in all four corners 17x8-inch Boyd Coddington billet wrapped in Continental rubber were placed for something to roll on. To get the truck to stop once it was started Dave used the stock drum brakes in the rear but installed '72 Chevy disc brakes in front. He decided to upgrade the master cylinder to a Hydro Boost power and the steering column to a '72 GM tilt with a custom shifter.

Since the engine was rebuilt Dave went ahead and added a few things. From Edelbrock he purchased a camshaft, lifters, springs, intake manifold, 600cfm carburetor, and a fuel pump. He also added Taylor wires and billet valve covers. At the end of all this he had Flowtech headers, Flowmaster three-chamber Delta Flow mufflers, and 2.5-inch aluminized pipes.

Since Dave still planned to use this as his daily driver, once the truck was put back together the interior was not forgotten. Before anything was put in the whole cab was sound deadened using with Extreme Dynomat. Then came the new stereo so that all the wires could be hidden under the carpet. Dave chose to listen to his tunes in style with a Sony receiver and ten disc CD changer. He added to this a Rockford Fosgate amplifier under the seat, and four 10-inch kicker woofers behind the seat in a custom built speaker box. Bills Auto Upholstery covered the bench seat with black tweed while Dave handled the rest of the cab using black tweed with leather accents on the headliner and door panels. Black loop carpet was used on the floor.

So, six months later Dave has a truck he can park in his driveway with his wife's permission, and a driver he still plans to take wherever he wants to go. He also has a show truck-something he never expected when he bought it, but perhaps the truck was just destined not to stay ugly.

CHASSIS
Frame/ Manufacturer stock / Chevrolet
Rearend / Ratio 12-bolt with Eaton Posi, 5-lug axles /
  3:73:1
Rear suspension Classic Performance Products coil
  springs lowered 4 inches, Doetsch
  Tech shocks
Rear brakes drum
Front suspension Classic Performance Products coil
  springs lowered 2 inches, Doetsch
  Tech shocks
Front brakes '72 Chevy 1/2-ton disc
Master cylinder Hydro Boost power
Steering GM power box
Steering column GM '72 tilt with custom shifter
Sway Bar Classic Perfections sway bar with
  urethane bushings
Front wheel make, size Coddington, 17x8
Rear tire make, size Coddington, 17x8
Front tire make, size Continental P225/55R17
Rear tire make, size Continental P225/55R17
Gas tank ABS Blazer 22-gallon
ENGINE
Year and Make '67-68 GM small-block
Displacement 327 ci
Pistons TRW 8.5:1
Camshaft Edelbrock Performer
Lifters Edelbrock Hyd
Heads stock
Valve covers billet, ball milled
Air Cleaner billet with K&N Filter
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock Performer / Edelbrock
  600-cfm carb
Distributor / Wires GM HEI / Taylor 8mm
Headers Flow Tech
Exhaust / Mufflers 2 1/2 inch / Flowmaster three chamber Delta Flow
Other modifications Edelbrock Fuel pump, Stainless fuel
  lines,
  aluminum water pump, and four-core
  radiator
TRANSMISSION
Year and Make GM TH700-R4
Converter stock
Trans mods Corvette valve body and Servo with
  shift kit by Bowtie Overdrives
Shifter column with four-speed indicator
Driveshaft Stock/ rebuilt by Power Train
BODY
Body style / Material '67 Chevy long bed, steel
Body mods shaved side moldings
Grille stock
Bed stock with spray-in bed liner
Bodywork owner and Louis Rojas
Painter Jose Quintana of Krystal Ent., Brea CA
Paint type / Color Glasurit / '99 Chevy Indigo Blue
Headlights / Taillights stock / stock
INTERIOR
Dashboard stock
Gauges stock with factory tach and clock
Wiring owner
Air conditioning stock
Stereo Sony AM/FM cassette, 10 disc player
  with Rockford power 800 amp
Speakers Sony xshl535 mid and highs with four
  kicker 10-inch woofers and custom
  sub woofer box behind bench
Steering wheel Billet Specialties
Seats Bench with custom sewn black tweed
Headliner custom with frenched in bowtie
  emblem
Upholsterer Bills Auto Upholstery, Brea, CA /
  owner
Material / Color Tweed and leather / black
Carpet color black loop
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