I found it on craigslist, and probably paid too much but I just couldn’t leave it. Titled as 66, with a corrugated top. Motor is a mid 70s 2f with a 4speed. Two speed transfer case.
The good - it’s nearly rust free. Body is all there and the top is in great shape. Mechanically is operational, motor runs great and the trans/tc is rebuilt and tight. Brand new wiring harness throughout and everything works! Has an auxiliary fuel tank behind the rear axle that works. Power steering added recently that works ok.
The challenge - this truck has been used hard off-road at some point. It looks like it was built up maybe in the 90s for long trips. Then it was stripped down and put back together, rattle can sprayed black and here we are.
I know there is a beautiful truck in there somewhere.
Let the fun being. The grand plan is to get the paint taken care of first. The rest of the mechanical stuff is OK with a few things that need immediate attention. I’ve never done bodywork before, so I will be learning as I go! I have 1 million questions, hopefully this is the right place for this thread. I want this to be not a full restoration, but a very drivable slightly modified truck with a clean 65 body. I will leave the drivetrain, but swap out tires and wheels, trade out suspension for a small lift to run 33 inch skinnies.
I will be using the truck off road some, so I’m not looking for perfection. I do want it to be a good representation of a 65/66 body and lights. Most likely I will modify bumpers to something not very stock…
The previous owner bought this truck from California about five years ago. He was not very mechanical, did not drive it much and it sat in his driveway. I have a stack of his old receipts from SOR, it came from the Los Angeles area at a dealership.
Found the VIN tag behind the monster battery tray. It looks like this is a true 66, factory soft top with a 65 body put on it.
Pictures of holes:
3: no , threaded holes yes, for door strike
4: yes , visor mount
5: four holes in back corner yes, FST bow bracket mount. Upper threaded holes i think are for jumpseat. Hole in door jam yes, for license plate light wiring.
6: upper threaded yes, other holes no