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Recently I received a note and a few images from a reader by the name of Duane Sitzman. Duane is so proud and impressed with his father's handiwork that he not only wanted to share it with us but he also hoped it'd show up in Classic Cruisers as a surprise for his dad. Duane's father has owned this truck since 1966, and over the ensuing 44 years it's been through a couple of minor restorations and upgrades prior to this latest one. The truck began its duty with his father as a farm truck. Over the years, it's hauled everything from cattle, hay bales, and even an overhead camper-not to mention Duane and his two younger brothers putting it through its paces when they were in high school. But, now in its latest incarnation its primary duties consist of heading out to local shows and cruises, and, most importantly, pleasure cruising.
The pickup is currently powered by a '68 Chevy Nova 307-cube small-block that's been rebuilt and treated to a few modifications like a four-barrel carb, a hotter cam, and a set of headers and dual exhaust. The stout little 307 is backed by a TH350 donated by a '86 Chevy pickup as are the front suspension and brakes, and the rearend assembly. Duane's dad also added some cool modifications like a custom instrument cluster, aftermarket wheels, and late-model GM truck seats and steering column.
Nice looking truck Duane-your father did a fine job and both of you should be rightfully proud.