1967 Chevy C10 - In The Chamber
So It Begins
I've already shown the readers of Truckin' a few peeks at my '67 C-10 (C-20?) But, it wasn't until recently that I actually got the truck to Orange County to begin the arduous task of disassembly. I was able to maintain a blissful state of denial before realizing that I might be getting in over my head. Still oblivious, I dove into the job with wrenches and ratchets turning, and made quite a bit of progress without too much resistance. At least at first.
Forty odd bolts later, the first stubborn fastener reared its ugly head. In a rare moment of forethought, the stripped-bolt remover I had bought earlier in the week proved to be just the thing for digging into the rusted metal. It even removed the bolt without having to resort to a grinder.
Oh yeah, the grinder, I can't forget about that part. The core support also put up a fight, and I did have to use a grinder there, but since I had been spending a lot of time behind the lens of a camera and behind a desk, I sort of missed the smell of hot steel and aluminum oxide anyway.
There was a positive note to the disassembly, and I couldn't really complain about the rusty fasteners without tipping my hat to the engineers at GM in the late 1960s. When it came to finding the right sized wrench, they couldn't have made it much easier. Just toss those metric tools aside, because if it looks like it's a 1/2-inch, it's probably a 1/2-inch. And if a 1/2-inch is too small, then 90-percent of the time it's a 9/16-inch. It made tearing apart this classic truck almost easy-if it weren't for the 40 years of rust.
In the end, it sort of made my 500-piece tool set seem like overkill. Especially since I threw out my metric tools to make room for a bigger breaker bar, grinder, air chisel