November 24, 2023

1966 Chevrolet C10

The Chevrolet C/K is a series of trucks that was manufactured by General Motors from the 1960 to 2002 model years. Marketed by both the Chevrolet and GMC divisions, the C/K series encompassed a wide range of vehicles. While most commonly associated with pickup trucks, the model line also included chassis-cab trucks and medium-duty trucks and served as the basis for GM full-size SUVs. Through its entire production, the model line complete directly against for Ford F-Series and the Dodge D series (later the Dodge Ram pickup).

Used for both the model branding and the internal model code, “C” denoted two-wheel drive, while “K” denoted four-wheel drive. Four generations of the C/K series were produced, including the GM monikered second-generation “Action Line” and third-generation “Rounded Line” vehicles (colloquially aka Square-Body trucks). For the fourth-generation (colloquially also known as OBS trucks), Chevrolet kept using the C/K designation while GMC revised its branding, changing to a singular GMC Sierra nameplate (C/K remained as an internal model code)

Launched in the fall of 1959 as a 1960 model, the first-generation C/K debuted a number of design changes for General Motors light-truck design. Replacing the Task Force range, the C/K was developed from the start as a truck chassis, no longer sharing commonality with the GM A-body platform. Though developed as a truck for the sake of durability, the C/K adopted several features from cars into its design to increase its functionality. For pickup trucks, the C/K trucks used a drop-center frame which allowed for a lower cab and lower center of gravity, and independent from suspension was paired with a coil-sprung rear axle.

This truck came in for some engine work, the cab to be media blasted and painted and to relocate the gas tank to a new location.

Tearing down the exterior is usually the first step in any restoration project. It allows you to assess the condition of the existing structure and make any necessary repairs or modifications.

We have successfully removed nearly all of the interior components from the cab.

The cab’s interior components have been completely removed.

We have removed the bed from the chassis.

The cab has been removed to be media blasted.

We have begun tearing down the engine to install new gaskets.

The oil pan has been removed and will be ready to have new gaskets installed soon.

The cab has been media blasted and getting prepped for epoxy seal.

We have the hood, inner fenders, doors and front valance in the paint booth getting prepped for epoxy seal.

The carburetor has completely cleaned and will be reassembled.

We have painted the engine block Chevrolet Orange.

We will be installing new gaskets to effectively reseal the transmission.

Metal repair can be a challenging task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be accomplished effectively. Here is the drivers side door getting some metal repair done.

Bodywork on the driver’s door can make a significant difference in the overall appearance and functionality of the vehicle. Whether it’s repairing dents, scratches, or replacing damaged panels, ensuring that the driver’s door is in top shape is essential for both safety and aesthetics.

With the passenger door bodywork completed, the overall appearance of the vehicle should be significantly improved. The completion of this task marks a major milestone in the restoration process. Now, the focus can shift towards other necessary repairs or finishing touches, such as painting, polishing, or any additional repairs needed to ensure the door functions properly.

The transmission has been tightly closed or covered, preventing any fluid, air, or other substances from entering or escaping. It is usually done to ensure the integrity and longevity of the transmission system and to prevent any contamination or damage.

We have braced the body to hold the integrity of the cab while we replace the floor pan.

We have gotten the old floor pan completely cut out of the cab.