I have just put down my June issue after reading it from cover to cover, and I must say "What a great magazine." I am, at 55, just getting back into trucks, not the late models as I was before, but earlier trucks. My latest adventure started on eBay searching for a '53-56 F-100, but I'm sorry to say that any safe purchase, requiring just finishing, was well out of my budget. I then looked at Chevy C-10s and fell in love with a near complete, 'bagged, LT1-powered '85. It was time for bed over here so I typed in my max bid and hit the sack. Tea in hand, the following morning I checked my bid to find that I had won, and at a good few dollars less than my max bid. The owner/builder could not believe it was a serious bid from the United Kingdom. After reassuring him and agreeing on a deposit while organizing collection and shipping I got a bit of his background and found out that by night he works as a toolmaker and after little sleep works in his workshop carrying out various vehicle fabrication and paintwork. Needless to say, at this point I asked if he would take on the completion of the truck, as it would be and has been a great savings for me not having to ship parts and pay various shops to carry out the completion over here. He sends me photos as work is being done, such as tubbed bed, inner front wheel arches, rear roll pan with a hidden hitch, and lights that conform to our test requirements here in the U.K. Within the next couple of weeks he should have the interior complete with new door panels and center console to match the previously fabricated and covered dash. By the way, the seller owned the truck for 13 years but hadn't gotten around to completion, so at least he will see his truck completed.
Keep up the good work.
I have to say it was a pleasant surprise to get a note from across the pond. I'm pleased not only that you read CLASSIC TRUCKS, but that you've decided to get back into the hobby! Though, at 1985, your C-10 is near the cusp of classic truckdom, that step backward in time truck-wise is one that I'm sure you'll be pleased with. I hope that once your new/old C-10 hits the shores of its new European home you'll take the time to snap some pictures to let us see the finished product!
I really like the job you're doing. I'm a do-it-yourselfer too, and love to see those projects as well as get ideas from the pros. As for your project, what I'd like to see is some saddle tanks using the stock fuel gauge. Maybe that would increase your driving range while towing that trailer; the extra legroom wouldn't hurt either. I'm currently working on a '62 F-100 shortbed Unibody, 100 percent stock, right down to the 223 six. It doesn't get the mileage I'd like anyway, so I'm thinking a 351W with saddle tanks to increase the range and towing capability would be nice. Keep up the good work!
Longtime fan, first-time responder,
West Hills, California
It's always nice to hear from readers who have been around since my first stint as CT's editor (nearly 10 years ago)! Your saddle tank idea really makes sense. Candy and I are hoping that the '57 indeed replaces our late-model Dodge as our tow rig, and that extra fuel capacity would be a great help in reaching our varied destinations with less stopping along the way (that is if I'm able so sync up my decrepit old bladder and those saddle tanks).
The 223/351W swap for your Unibody is one you'll be extremely pleased with, as well. I'll bet you'll achieve your goals of more power and better mileage too. Please keep us in the loop regarding your upgrades; we'd be interested in knowing how things are progressing.