Two years ago Susan Strawn was on her way to work just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, when she spotted a white '65 Chevy truck for sale on the side of the road. A few days passed before she remembered to tell her husband, Adam, about the truck. Adam just so happened to be in the market for another '60-66 C-10. Whoa, back up the bus. Whose wife actually tells her husband about old trucks she sees for sale? To top it off, Susan was even excited about the old Chevy, and here's why.
Like many young men, when Adam was 15 he started looking for his first truck, but he was looking beyond the late-model yearnings of his peers to Chevy trucks that were on the lot when President kennedy cut off commerce and travel to Cuba. He found a rough '63 and had it on the road by the time he got his driver's license, and he and then best friend Susan used to bum around town in that old truck all through high school.
A decade later, Adam and Susan found themselves happily married with two sons, Braxton and Garret, and yes, they still have the '63, which awaits a hopeful restoration by one of the younger Strawn boys. Adam investigated the '65 and negotiated a deal with its owner, Mike Estes, who is responsible for the Chevy's clean condition. Mike had fixed up the truck over the previous three years and finally had it painted back to its stock white color and corresponding red accent. Adam knew a good truck when he saw one, and he also knew what he'd have to do to the '65 to make it just right.
Picking up where Mike left off, Adam and his friends kevin Combs and Dan Carpenter got to work cutting one coil out of the front springs and installing dropped spindles and disc brakes from CPP along with their power booster and master cylinder. In the rear it was a nobrainer to de-arch the leaf springs and add lowering blocks to finally bring the truck down to earth.
With the lowering chores out of the way, Adam picked up a set of whitewalls from Diamond Back Classics and four of Wheel Vintiques' steel Smoothies, whose red color matched the red inset on the side of the C-10.
Inside the truck is the stock sand-color interior is perfectly contrasts with the white and red exterior. Before Adam got the truck, Mike had the stock bumpers and grille rechromed, which really adds to the truck's natural good looks and was one less thing Adam had to do.
Once back on the road, the Strawns took the '65 to the same local cruise nights that it had been to many times before when Mike owned it, and most didn't even recognize the Chevy with its not-soextreme makeover. It just goes to show that a little bit does go a long way. Good eye, Susan!
|Facts & Figures |
|Adam Strawn |
|Albemarle, North Carolina |
|1965 Chevy C-10 |
|FRAME:|| stock |
|MODIFICATIONS:|| none |
|REAREND / RATIO:|| stock 10-bolt / 3.73:1 |
|REAR SUSPENSION:|| stock w/2 1/2” lowering block |
|REAR BRAKES:|| stock drum |
|FRONT SUSPENSION:|| CPP 2 1/2” drop spindles, stock cut coils |
|FRONT BRAKES:|| CPP power disc |
|STEERING BOX:|| stock, power |
|FRONT WHEELS:|| Wheel Vintique steel Smoothie, 15x7 |
|REAR WHEELS:|| Wheel Vintique steel Smoothie, 15x8 |
|FRONT TIRES:|| Diamond Back Classics T4 whitewall, 225/70R15 |
|REAR TIRES:|| Diamond Back Classics T4 whitewall, 255/70R15 |
|GAS TANK:|| stock in cab |
|ENGINE:|| 305ci Chevy V-8 |
|HEADS:|| stock |
|VALVE COVERS:|| Chevrolet chrome |
|MANIFOLD / INDUCTION:|| Holley / Holley 600cfm |
|IGNITION:|| stock |
|HEADERS:|| stock ram horn manifolds |
|EXHAUST / MUFFLERS:|| custom dual / Flowmaster |
|TRANSMISSION:|| Turbo 350 |
|STYLE:|| C-10 Custom |
|FENDERS FRONT / REAR:|| fiberglass, Golden State / stock |
|HOOD:|| stock |
|GRILLE:|| stock, rechromed |
|BED:|| stock |
|BODYWORK AND PAINT BY:|| Mike Estes / Dee Gainey Paint Shop |
|PAINT TYPE / COLOR:|| DuPont / stock ’65 Chevy white |
|HEADLIGHTS / TAILLIGHTS:|| tri-bar / stock |
|BUMPERS:|| stock, rechromed |
|GAUGES:|| stock |
|AIR CONDITIONING:|| none |
|STEERING WHEEL:|| Chevrolet |
|STEERING COLUMN:|| stock |
|SEAT:|| stock bench |
|UPHOLSTERY BY:|| GM |
|MATERIAL / COLOR:|| cloth, tan |
|CARPET:|| tan |
|BUMPERS FRONT / REAR:|| stock / none |