The truck was originally equipped with a 327 V-8 and Turbo 400 trans but the powertrain needed some tender loving care. The news engines offered were a 5L, 310 horse power V8 and a 6. Driving it a few years before the decision was made to rejuvenate it, Richard began the process by disassembling the truck, having rust issues repaired and eliminating the collection and dents and dings acquired over the years. Catching a few extra show points, the engine dress-up items include a billet aluminum air cleaner, valve covers, and radiator cap along with braided steel hoses. The mill closed where Richard worked and he found himself unemployed. Arriving simply to enjoy the show, Richard and Jess walked past a swap meet vendor who had the truck up for sale.
. The truck has a beautiful interior beginning with the original split bench, stitched by Sweet Street upholstery, adding lumbar and a combination of tan leather and tweed. It was pulled, disassembled, refreshed, and reinstalled with an Edelbrock 600-cfm carb and intake along with Hooker headers that feed a pair of Flowmaster mufflers and side-exiting exhausts. My wife, Barb, and I really enjoy going to new shows, meeting friends, hanging out, and having fun. Side-marker reflectors were added to all fenders this year. Pioneer stereo adds to the fun on road trips. The master cylinder is chrome and the engine compartment was painted to match the exterior.
We have all the parts and accessories you need to help restore your 1968 Chevy, at the best prices! Door panels were contoured to match. The build was a great project for the two men and thankfully father-in-law Jess Heacock got to see the completed truck before he died in 2009. Somehow along the way, however, quality improves, sophistication beckons, and the truck slyly begins to orchestrate its own future. The Longhorn also debuted which had 6 extra bed inches but only came in 2 wheel drive. Almost all truck builders start with some kind of plan. The semi-completed truck languished in the corner of the garage for half a dozen years until 2007 when the skies brightened, job opportunities opened, and work finally resumed. Joe VanNus of Dutchboy Hot Rods in Kalamazoo, Michigan, handled much of the bodywork and sprayed the beautiful Deltron Bright Amber paint, completing the job right about the time that everything changed.
It was also the 50th year anniversary of truck production by releasing a white and gold special edition truck. Trust Ecklers for all of your restoration and replacement needs for your truck, racer, show car, street rod, or daily driver. He built his own first hot rod at an early age, a 1937 Dodge Business Coupe with a 383 four-speed and 1969 Road Runner running gear. The original cab gas filler cap was retained as a nostalgic touch but the tank and new filler cap were relocated to the bed. The factory framerails were C-notched for clearance and the suspension upgraded using 2-inch Bell Tech drop spindles along with rejuvenated disc brakes up front and drums in the rear. In 1968 one of the most noticeable changes was the small rear window was no longer available.
A 1972 Olds Cutlass and 1937 Ford Slantback also became part of the collection. The bumpers were eliminated, both front and rear, and a custom rear pan added with an inset for the plate. RideTech air suspension provides altitude control at the touch of a button with the compressor located underneath on the passenger side and the reserve tank on the driver side. Munson Customs followed up with the custom center console, fabricated from fiberglass and holding the tall Lokar shifter and gauges for the air suspension. .
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