Last updated Jun 13, 2007
I've had my '65 Chevy for 4 years now. It started off at its original teal green color and stock heighth. I lowered it with new shocks and springs 2 years ago and then last spring decided to get started on the "overhaulin'" process. With help from my Dad, we started by taking the bed off, sanding the frame down to bare metal, and applying a rust-preventative called P.O.R.-15. (Friendly reminder: Don't ever get this stuff on your hands for more than a couple minutes unless you want it there for several days...And I tried everything!!). Next, we took the rear end/axle out and sent that off to have the gear ratio changed from 3.71 to a 3.07. This helped lower the RPMs at higher gears, and also helped out the gas mileage. Before we put the bed back on, we removed the old wood and redid the crossmembers like new, then I sanded the whole bed inside and out down to bare metal, in preparation for the custom diamond plated bed that we put in. I wanted to do something a little different and not replace the stock wood boards with new ones... We also took out the gas tank from behind the seat, and got a new 21 gallon tank that mounts underneath in the rear of the truck. The old fill neck was welded up, and a new custom diamand plate box was put inside the back of the bed where the new fill neck comes out. Those annoying, clanging chains on the tailgate were also removed and replaced with oversized door latches that mount on the inside of the bed. The original side door mirrors were taken off, and replaced with "peep" mirrors that mount at the top of the doors. The truck was then put back together, and sent to a local paint shop to get some body work done and the black primer put on. The paint shop seemed to take advantage of me as far as the effort put into the primer and body work and the price that was charged. But I definitely learned my lesson after dealing with a place like that. And I will be much more careful the second time around when I finally do get that metallic midnight blue paint job with metallic silver accents... I can't wait. New 20 inch rims, some more interior work, and eventually a new, bigger motor are in the upcoming future for my truck. It's only a matter of time... and money, I guess, right?!
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