If you are running a rear bumper you could install the tank flush with the top of the frame rails. As the engine and tranny goes unless you are doing alot of highway use overdrive to me anyway is not necessary. The steering on a 1960 shortbox Chevy is some of the lightest and easiest you will ever find. The one on it is chipped. I will keep the 4 on the floor if I keep the 6. Im also curious about power steering and the easiest way to get it. I have so many ideas going on right now Im just gonna stop rambling on.
I say keep the front end, fix it properly, do the brakes, get the engine running and drive it. I dont know how common that is but Im thinking of swapping it for a auto for sure if I go with the 327. Chevrolet Truck Parts - Truck Bed Classic Industries offers a wide selection of Body Panels for your Chevrolet Truck. If I go that route any model suggestions? It would include better brakes, a 12 bolt rear, and a 350 trans, and the power steering I really want among alot of other extras. Basically I am trying to decide how to go about my build; Original or modified??? My Project; 1960 Chevy Short Bed Step Side Apache 10 This truck originaly belonged to my Great Grandpa! The kicker is the truck has a really nice body which I would sell and make most of my money back! Isn't there any worry about using aluminum fuel piping? Bottom flange of the channel was cut off to allow tank to drop out for maintenance. Thats why I was considering going with a late model frame with better brakes and power steering?? If I stick with the original frame I will modify the front end. Sorry no help on the photo question.
In closing, good luck with your truck and keep us posted on your progress. It is not a bolt in only modification. Hope that idea doesnt stike too many nerves. In such an undertaking, I always suggest tackling tasks, based on your available money, time and skills, so you can enjoy the truck, during the process of making it your dream ride. Well thanks for the welcome and I hope to stay in touch. There are advantages to both drive trains, depending on how you want to enjoy the truck. My Grandpa said it did run when he parked it but was fouling plugs often.
The engine turns on and sounds great carburetor needs some tuning or replacing. My dad built the the 327 7 years ago and has since passed away. Could you use a steel filler neck? New rear bed mounting brackets were also made coping some of the C4x5. This is my first big project and Im ready to dive in. This would further simplify the installation.
It was then passed on to my Grandpa, to my dad. Thanks everyone for your input! The truck will need to be towed to a mechanic to do a five star safety inspection, even though I drive it around to local grocery stores. I used early classic dropped spindles on mine then replaced the rear end with a 72 giving me 5on 5 bolt pattern. By doing so, you can focus on the most important elements first, which are the mechanicals, followed by creature comforts, aesthetics, etc. Hopefully somebody else knows how. That looks very nicely done.
I posted a link to the donor truck below if that helps. And a couple more photo's of the ole orange crate: Well done sir! She is pretty ruff looking but my first priority is getting her driving down the road again. . I came across it and have been glued to it since! Im looking to achive a similar stance and style to your truck. The fuel line is galvanized zinc. My dad built a mild 327 thats just sitting in a 76' we have with a bad tranny so its tempting to swap it. And if your dad built the 327, that scores a lot of points.
I can always count on Nate to proof read my posts It's a 15 gallon tank The filler neck on the tank is steel, the filler neck in the bed is steel, the two are connected with a fuel rated rubber hose. . If I go that route, Im considering a 700R4 because I would like overdrive! One advantage of the six is most get replaced with a V8, so when a six shows up at a rod run, they always draw a crowd especially with split pipes and multiple carbs. I need all the advice I can get. My 60' does have the 4 speed. Pro's a Con's to everything greatly appreciated.
I incorrectly listed it as aluminum. I have heard that the 6 cylinders run forever. It is a I6 4 speed and hasnt run for about 15 years. If you are able to drive, use and enjoy your truck during the process, the enthusiam and ambition level will remain high and you will get the project done in a timely fashion and your goals will be met, in the process. A small block Chevy on the other hand is dirt cheap with tons of speed parts available on a budget.
Yes , I still have an in cab fuel tank but , I am ready to go right now , few are and death by fire is really bad ~ you don't actually burn to death , you suffocate after the fire crisps the bronchial tubes inside your lungs. They have nicely stated that getting too crazy with your plans will end up in another eBay basket case. . Do it how you wish it's your ideas that make it yours. But the V8s are easier to go faster in,but the 6 in our trucks were hard to tear up. Could you use a steel filler neck? I also have the funds to do it now as I just sold my 58' Cadillac and want to put every dime towards the Apache. Welcome to the Stovebolt 327Apache.