Project vehicles, where do we start? Well first off, I would like to introduce the next project vehicle in our lineup. It's a beat-up 1979 Chevy C10 shortbed that our editor Jim Rizzo and Street Rodder Magazine Senior Editor Eric Geisert played a little swapping game with. Riz ended up with 1979 Chevy, and Eric, well he got a beat-up old Cadillac.

When Riz and I were brainstorming on how to go about fixing a square body, we thought we would try to keep it within the realm of the common build. The number $15,000 came to mind and, for the lack of going out and purchasing a new or used truck, from a dealer that number looked relatively small. A few months ago Riz wrote about looking for a new truck, but when he saw the price tag of $50,000-plus for a truck he started looking for something used. However, a used truck was not that much different in price – $35,000, and that was for a truck with roll-up windows and plastic carpet.

So with a budget in mind we looked at how much it would cost to replace the engine and transmission, plus the engine bay wiring harness. We went to BluePrint Engines for a replacement 350 with a little bit of attitude, or rumble, if you will. What we ended up discovering was that the price of a complete BluePrint crate engine was pretty reasonable and quite affordable for the average Joe.

Next we turned to Summit Racing because the transmission was also missing from our project. Instead of spending tons of cash on a transmission Riz decided to add the tried-and-true Turbo 350 to the crate engine. So we have the drivetrain now, but we didn't have the means of hooking up the electrical because the rats chewed up the wires while in Eric's backyard. The engine bay also looked faded and in need of a good scrub down, so on the way to the Source Interlink Tech Center I stopped by the carwash to spray off the dust and rat turds. Riz and I found a replacement wire harness from Classic Industries that was a direct replacement, and for the most part, was plug and play.


SOURCE
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
www.summitracing.com/
Eastwood Company
263 Shoemaker Road
Pottstown
PA  19464
800-343-9353
http://www.eastwood.com
Classic Industries
18460 Gothard Street
Dept. CP
Huntington Beach
CA  92648
800-854-1280
www.classicindustries.com
Blueprint Engines
Kearney
NE
800-483-4623
www.blueprintengines.com