As she sits, now. Still have to paint the tailgate and the other bed side.
With the replacement bed on
Swapped the stepside bed for a fleetside bed from a 1968 Anniversary Edition truck. The stepside bed will be rebuilt in the future, but this bed was too good to pass up.
The freshly painted bumper. Making progress.
Here is a picture of my first drive in my truck. The first time it has been on the road in a dozen years!
The 68 sat right here, rusting away, for 12 years! But now it is sitting in my driveway, waiting to get back on the road.
45K original miles, 307 V8, 3 on the tree, no power brakes or steering, no AC, no radio, no rearview mirror, no lighter. Just like when Grandpa bought it, new.
37 years later, and you can still see the assembly line grease-pencil marks on the firewall.
The original 307 V8 and 3 speed transmission are still here.
The hood and roof were totally covered in surface rust. I started sanding, and cleaning and before I knew it, I needed to put some primer and a quick coat of paint on it. Not a great job, but it looks a little better. A professional paint job will come in the future.
I found a set of original hubcaps at The Pate Sawp Meet in Ft. Worth. Not bad for $10. And a heck of a lot better than the set that are on there now.
Here is my favorite picture of the truck. The son appreciates a classic!