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Russ 06-02-2013 07:22 PM

"Wrongside" - 1967 Chevy C10
... and here it is. My factory built RHD 1967 C10 Pickup I've dubbed "Wrongside".

1967 C10
250 Inline 6
3 Speed - Originally 3 on the Tree, changed to floor shifter some years back.

Absolute POV pack with manual steering, drum brakes, no air, no gauges other than speed & fuel, no radio (not even cut out with delete panel).

Story goes, special ordered RHD in '67 by a gentleman in Connecticut. Owned a farm in the UK which is why it was ordered RHD. Bought it back form England, in the 80's, then sold to a fellow Conn. gent who used it for a while as a mail truck. Bought by 3rd owner a year or 2 back. Bought by me a few months back.

That's about as good as it gets. My original plan was get it registered, drive it for a while as my daily work vehicle, then start tidying it up bit by bit. Unfortunately it's in a much worse state than I thought. Not currently running. Stuck in first gear, and when you turn it over it sounds like the starter or flywheel ring gear is missing some teeth. Cranks, winds over then dies.

No way I can get a blue-slip without a fair chunk of rust sorted. Underneath it's rough and needs a lot of work. Has some bad repairs; plating over holes in the cabin floor; and even some dodgy fibreglass work.

Floor and braces are pretty much rooted. The frame is rusty, but savable. Nothing has eroded through anywhere. Will know more once it's sandblasted but it should be OK.

Roof is good!

Fuel tank is new :D

Dash is in excellent shape.

Original KPH speedo.

Under the hood? 250 Inline 6. Single barrel Carter carb.

Have a go at the accelerator linkage! Haha.

...and tension for the return.

Check the "Repair" on the top of the inner fender. :D

Unfortunately there isn't a single thing under the hood that doesn't need either replacing or restoring. Lots of little things missing and improvised like the above linkage.

Now that I have to go the whole hog, new plans now include:

Body Changes:
- Paint: Grecian White (same as my Impala).
- Bed: Fleetside.
- Relocate fuel tank from cab to elsewhere.

Interior Changes:
- Colour: White & Blue.
- Bench seat.
- Dash fascia with all gauges (temp/volt/oil etc).
- Stereo.

Drivetrain: No idea.
- Engine: Will keep the I6 for now. Definitely liking the LS swaps I've been seeing on some forums though.
- Transmission: Will stay with the 3sp whilst using the I6. Will go Tremec 5sp if I go the LS route.


Front disc brakes.
Lowered front and back.
New shocks.

Will also replace every single piece of wire, front to back.

All the above is a ways off though. For now I need to get it running so I can move it around, get it stripped and see what's what.

Let the fun begin! :D

LS3 HQ 06-02-2013 07:38 PM

Oh I like this one Russ. Sounds like some good plans but we all no what happens to plans!

Marauder 06-02-2013 07:44 PM

Nice looking truck, plus its nice to have so much history for it!

L88racer 06-02-2013 07:52 PM

Nice bit of history on the truck. It looks like a big build ahead, LS engine sounds good.

Grpawalky 06-02-2013 07:54 PM

Nice one Russ. Be interesting to know how many RHD C10's were actually made.
You've certainly got some work ahead of you, but she's gonna be awesome by the sound of your plans.
Keep us posted with pics eh.

chevelle 06-02-2013 08:49 PM

They were sold RHD new here in Australia and South Africa. Lots were made RHD. Same sort of deal as the Impalas.

I remember the local Councils and Road Transport guys in Adelaide having brand new C10, C20 and C30 Trucks in their fleet back in the 1970's and later.

A mate of mine sold his Factory RHD 69 C10 for $5000 a couple years ago. I was offered an ex Highways Department C20 that was run down for $1000 in 2011 which they ended up just taken it to SIMS Metal.

YenkoSC 07-02-2013 12:26 AM

I am liking the sound of those plans. This will be an interesting build. Keep the updates coming.

Frank351 07-02-2013 08:20 AM

Nice old truck Russ.

I have a Chevy 250 I6 waiting to go into a 70 El Camino for when my son is on Ps. You can wake them up a bit. Mine has an Offenhauser manifold with a Holley 465 4 barrel. You can get headers, cams etc. for them from Clifford Performance. I would leave the I6 in there - suits the character of the truck.

Anchor 07-02-2013 09:07 AM

I like the sound of the LS. If you shop around you can find an early one with an auto for around $2500 complete. To be safe you'd probably pull it down and throw in a set of pistons and bearings. But yeah, it's not all that expensive. PSI conversions do a complete swap over harness for under $600. Most of the other stuff you can do yourself.

Good luck!!

HQGUY 07-02-2013 11:29 AM

WOW a lot of potential there Russ. I just love the previous owners ingenuity.:eek:

RAW454 07-02-2013 12:05 PM

Nice one Russ! Glad to hear it landed safe & sound with nobody getting hurt (per previous buying threats..haha). Sorry to hear it's a bit rougher then expected, but I guess the (cool) history of being a farm truck kinda dictates that, eh.. Ahh well.

Like all here, very much look forward to seeing the progress (And have fingers crossed your other toys behave themselves for a bit so you can get around ;))


Originally Posted by Russ (Post 116066)
.Will also replace every single piece of wire, front to back.

The wire on the short end of the throttle linkage looks like should be OK to still use for a bit ;):D

Ham69 07-02-2013 04:45 PM

What a beast Russ love the rims a bit of soap should come up a treat :rolleyes:

GM NUT 07-02-2013 08:57 PM

Love C10's, used to be one in the Morley area when I used to push trollies at Woolies, would see it in the car park most Thursday nites.
It was a factory 454, two tone green and white

Russ 08-02-2013 05:42 AM

Thanks for the kind word gents.

First things first, I have to find a new starter. Removed the bottom cover to see what the problem is, and once it starts cranking it pulls back in and spins off the flywheel.

Can't seem to find one locally, so I'm going to have to order one from the US (and by 1 I mean 5) - unles someone here knows a source I can't bring up in Google?

Took my old single barrel Stromberg from my old HQ up to see if it will fit (it doesn't), as I was hoping i could use that and it's linkages for the time being - but it's a no go. Can't use a 202 intake as a temp either as the Chev 6's are longer.

I will be keeping the I6 for a while - especially if it runs OK. The LS is enticing, but I need all the money to go into the body. I will probably still go the LS route eventually, but I'll wait until the 250 sh*ts itself before I make that decision.

1 thing I forgot to take a picture of, that I completely love, is the factory sin-visor. Thing is awesome. It's a fibreglass piece, but unfortunately it was taken off when it was shipped, and the bastards broke the tip of it right where it screws at one side. Hope I can fix it.

You can see it on in this pic here:

Frank351 08-02-2013 09:11 AM

Russ I have the single barrel stromberg from mine if you need it.


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