I just bought a new project
. Had to dip into my boat fund to do it, but I needed some transportation on land.
I found a 1966 C-10 Chevy 1/2 ton, stepside on Craigslist. I'd had one in high school
,and always regretted selling it. That one had a 250 straight 6 with a 3 on the tree. We bought it at a government
in 1972 for $500. Had one bullet hole in the driver side bed
rail. I drove it until I got married in Colorado while in the Air Force.
This one was owned by a mechanic
, and had been his for 20+ years. In his 'elder age', he decided to beef her up a bit, as he wanted to pull a trailer of some sort. Sadly, he passed away, and the family
sold her to me after 3 years. I'm not sure what the original power plant was, but he installed (rather nicely, too) a 454 big block, put a one ton running gear
in it, and, a 9,00lb receiver mounted winch
. I can tell when he began failing, as his attention to detail waned. Particularly in the wiring
. I pulled a garbage can of wire out of it last week, discovering the stock harnesses were there pretty much intact.
I'd driven it home when I purchased it, and it didn't miss a beat, pulled the Siskiyous at 70-75mph, and only getting up to 220 degrees on the long grade. The radiator is seeping, and a new core
is outrageous, about $450 for a 4 core
. I had to drive it right back down last weds., and having installed a new thermostat, she ran a nice 170 to 210 for the round trip.
I bought it because I can work on it. No electronic gizmos or doo-dads to fail. I'm not planning on rodding it, I want a nice, dependable driver. It's already proven to be that.
I did buy a new aluminum
radiator for it, and that's today's project
. That and further mouse nest removal!!
Which brings me to a boat subject.....
On one of the Chevy forums
, someone asked about undercoating and rust preventative. There was a pretty good review of a product called Rust Bullet.
Having been intrigued by Brent Swain's origami technique, and such, I was wondering if this is a product that would be known to the steelie's here on the forum. If it performs as claimed, would it would be better than epoxy
Rust Inhibitor Paint & Corrosion Converter Remover ? Rust Bullet