Common-cure ’70 Chevy C10 short-bed fleetside pickup
Special to The Union
Right after Pat Hauser sold his restored ’71 short-bed Chevy pickup to a fellow Roamin Angel, he came down with a severe case of seller’s remorse.
Although a variant strain of this disease, buyer’s remorse, is more common, both can lead to anxiety and depression. The common cure for seller’s remorse is to buy a replacement vehicle, so Pat decided to buy a pickup like the one he had sold.
He had liked that truck and says, “I don’t know why. I sold it on a whim.”
With the aid of his truck’s buyer, he located a ’70 Chevy C10 short-bed fleetside pickup for sale. It had been sitting in a garage in Nevada City for years with a bad trans. It was a long way from restored, and Pat says, “I knew it would be a job.”
However, as the old saying goes, it had potential. So after the fellow Roamin Angel repaired the trans, Pat bought it.
Once he got the truck to his house, Pat set to work. And he was right. It has been a job.
Although the engine and trans were in good condition and the body in fairly rust-free shape with only minor issues along the drip rails and door sills, much needed to be done before it would be anything like his old truck. It had been a work truck, so it had some issues with the interior, body and paint, bumpers, heater, suspension, exhaust system and the carburetor.
The buyer of his old truck has been generous with extra parts, giving him back the new carpet kit he didn’t use, as well as the heater controls and exhaust system that he removed.
“That’s what’s nice about the club,” Pat said. “People help each other.”
Unfortunately, all of the help didn’t work.
In 1969, Chevy dropped their 327 CID engine option in favor of a 350 CID powerplant. However, when Pat went to install the exhaust from his old pickup with a 350 CID engine that he had been given, he found that his “new” truck had a 327 CID engine.
Since Chevy has been known to use a retired engine size in later cars if they temporarily ran short of the new ones and had one laying around, Pat thinks his pickup came from the factory that way.
Since he could not use the donated exhaust, though, he ended up having to buy a whole new system.
Although not finished, Pat has done a lot to his Chevy. He has put on new shocks, brakes, heater core, window regulators, dash pad and visors. After a rebuild of the carburetor that didn’t solve its problems, he had a new Holley intake and carb installed.
There is still a lot to do. The interior needs new upholstery, which he’s planning on doing in mild tuck and roll. He has started working on the body, getting it ready for paint.
The tailgate is just too rough to bring back to decent condition and will have to be replaced. Since he plans to use his pickup for work, he wants to paint it so that it looks good, but is priced reasonably.
“I’m going to use it as a truck. Will I haul wood? Yes. Will I take loads to the dump? Yes,” he said.
For Pat, his Chevy is a work truck, not a show car.
While the road to completion still stretches out ahead, Pat is having fun truckin’ on down that highway in his Chevy.
He says it “drives great and corners well,” even better than his old truck. Not only that, it completely cured him of his case of seller’s remorse.
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