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1966 1986 Custom Chevy Truck - Character

Posted in Project Vehicles on July 1, 2007
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Believe it or not there are those who would consider this truck ugly, when the fact of the matter is that the faded original paint, used interior, and nothing-new drivetrain give this ride some real character. Owned by a fellow who goes by the name of Easy Lou, this '66 Chevy CK10/30 is what you get when you make a living as a scrapper. Easy Lou is often seen around town in a battered old work truck filled to the bed with axles, engines, and other used parts he scavenges from local junkyards and 4x4 shops. But when the weekend comes, it's this faded orange beauty that he takes for a cruise. Being a scrapper is a rough life, constantly finding deals, buying and pulling parts, and then turning them over to other gearheads like us who don't have the time to visit every parts yard in town like Lou does. Plus Lou's backyard is full of treasures that he can assemble for people into 4x4s or hot rods if you're interested in having it done but don't have the time or knowledge. Thus it's only appropriate that the man should have a good-looking ride himself to showcase his skills.

Now speaking of good looking, you have to understand Lou to understand what he likes. To put it bluntly Lou has been around the block a few times and the years of working on anything with a motor has made him into quite a weathered fellow. He has the patina of a hard-working man, and as such he wanted a truck to match. Something with some personality. However Lou, like his truck, has true quality under that rugged exterior. Easy Lou is an easygoing son of a gun, and his big orange truck has quality bits from over 40 years of random 4x4s compiled to make it a machine with craggy strength and performance. Anyone can build a new truck; it takes a real character to build a 40-year-old truck that also has character.

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Year/Make/Model: '66 Chevrolet Truck on '86 Chevrolet 1-ton frame
Engine: '00 454 Chevrolet big-block
Transmission: TH400
Transfer Case: NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60, 4.10 gears, Powr-Lok limited slip
Rear Axle: Corp 14-bolt, 4.10 gears, Detroit Locker, disc brakes
Tires & Wheels: 16/38.5-16.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on 16.5x10 steel
Suspension: Used springs, shocks, and lift blocks found in local junkyards
Steering: Off Road Unlimited crossover
Misc: Original factory dash with tachometer, bolt-in bench seat from a '67 Chevy van, tilt column, original paint with perfect mixture of fading, rock chips, and drool

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