1967 Chevy C-10 - In The Chamber

Feb 1, 2007
Photo 2/2   |   1967 Chevy C10 engine
Apparently the ranting that I did during my last column paid off, since I now have a project truck. It turns out that a friend of a friend had a stable of '67-'72 C10s and he was willing to part with one for a song.
After raking out 10 year's worth of leaves from the bed and digging the tires out of the ruts that it had settled into, a tractor freed the '67 small-window C10 from its resting place. It's not in the best shape-the rockers are shot, and there's rustin the usual places like the bottom of the fenders-but it's pretty much all there.
I had plans for a restoration and just getting it running with a small-block crate engine, but Senior Editor Dan Ward sent me on a photo shoot to IF Customs in Sylmar, California, where he knew I'd see two seriously cut-up C10s. Now I have loftier ambitions, but I still have reservations about cutting up the body to that extent.
As far as the powertrain goes, the truck was originally equipped with a 292ci L6, but it has a sorry excuse for a small-block as it sits. In keeping with the 40-year-old body, my initial thoughts were for a vintage-looking engine, something with multiple carbs, finned valve covers-you get the idea. I'm leaning towards a big-block, but since I've touted L6 engines, I thought I'd get the readers' opinion.
OK guys, here IT goes:
The fate of the '67's powertrain is in your hands. Vote for one of these two options.
1) There's no replacement for displacement. Build a rat, heck, a blown rat!
2) If straight-six engines are so cool, why don't you build one of your own?
Check out the survey online at www.Truckinweb.com and vote for your pick, or email your vote to Brandan.Gillogly@primedia.com.
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