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  • Lord I'm new and need some help

    Hey I'm new to these awesome 60-66 Chevy trucks and was hoping to ease in, but I just ran up on what I think is a decent '64 c-10 for sale and need to get some fast feedback.

    This one is a 3 on the tree long bed step side, which I've never seen before, and seems to be in good shape. Am waiting back for more pictures of the underneath side for indications of rust.

    My issue is I have a budget of course and I would like my eventual truck to end up with a 6 cyl, a TH350 or 700R4 auto trans, power steering, and a/c. And of all of these this truck only has the 6, so at least it's a start.

    So my questions are...how difficult and costly is it to add individually... one of these auto trans to a 3 on the tree truck, a/c, and power steering?

    Although I've never gotten too deep in my engine, clutch or trans I pretty much do all the work on my cars..96 Jeep Cherokee and an 02 Maxima.

    So if I can do a fair amount of this work myself, how much would each of these upgrades end up costing me, in parts?
    Last edited by bradleyheathhays; 08-15-2017, 01:34 AM.

  • #2
    Most recent advice is that installing one of these newer auto trans may be more trouble than it's worth. And that I should just wait until one with auto just naturally shows up. So how does the OE auto trans compare to the 700R4? Fuel efficient, o/d?

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    • #3
      Bradley, Welcome to the VFF

      Not being super familiar with these 60-66 trucks what were they originally equipped with? What engines and which automatics?
      3 ~ Tudor's
      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • #4
        I am thinking a 350 turbo=hydramatice would be a best bet mated to a 327 or 350 not a chevy guy but a combo I have heard of.

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        • #5
          I would not go with a 6 cylinder if your thinking AC and power steering. You won't have much power left to cruse nicely. You have plenty of space for any engine/tranny combo you want. 350 crate motor and a 350 turbo will not let you down.
          Model A's and of course the famous AA's

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          • #6
            Find a donor car! Chevy,Olds,Buick,Pontiac
            Use its engine,transmission,rearend,steering column etc!
            Don't pass up a big block, you should get close to15mpg @70mph

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            • #7
              *rolls eyes* BH, WHY would you automatically go for the GM? Why not keep it a Ford running gear, after all, it IS a Ford it's going into?

              This is the problem with all converters of Model As to late model running gears, they all go for the 327/350 small block, when the Ford 302 drive train is just as powerful and just as reliable as the small block. Funny how it seem they always want the 9" Ford rear end, but leave the rest of the drive train in the car.
              You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                the OP poster said he is interested in the 60-66 C-10 trucks... where did you read Ford

              • DaWizard
                DaWizard commented
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                Oh yea huh *turns red faced* my bad, never mind

              • BNCHIEF
                BNCHIEF commented
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                Probably because he is posting about chevys on a ford forum DA that might have confused you a little.

              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                He did post it in the proper forum for discussion

              • BNCHIEF
                BNCHIEF commented
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                Not complaining Mitch always happy to help anyone asking a question I just do not know much about chevy's other than what some of my street rod friends tell me.

            • #8
              Bradley, like Big Hammer says, don't shy away from big blocks !! Friends 70 chev w/454 350 turbo, but not 15 mpg by any means. Tranny was built by another friend and have had no problems with it thus far. Owner Robbie, has many trophies with this truck to date. Minnesota farm country fun.
              Last edited by pAAt; 08-17-2017, 11:09 AM. Reason: Added a couple Fords just to be unbiased !
              Model A's and of course the famous AA's

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              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                HAHA love that Pat

                Front wheels are chocked, so do u burnout till the tire or tires blow? Whats the string / rope for that they are holding??

              • pAAt
                pAAt commented
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                It's a timed burnout, they pull the rope when your time is up. Wheels are cocked and Robbie also has brake locks on the front. He tries not to blow the tires, but many do at these events. Robbie's trying to get me to do it in my AA when I get it on the road, but like Tom's Bull run video, I think I'll pass on both !!

            • #9
              Originally posted by pAAt View Post
              Bradley, like Big Hammer says, don't shy away from big blocks !! Friends 70 chev w/454 350 turbo, but not 15 mpg by any means. Tranny was built by another friend and have had no problems with it thus far. Owner Robbie, has many trophies with this truck to date. Minnesota farm country fun.
              Just think about that smoke cloud, and they outlawed hot patches because they claim the hot patch put out bad fumes. They being the EPA, I'm sure.

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              • pAAt
                pAAt commented
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                Tom, I can build a house/workshop and just wait for you to move down here. You'd get used to the burning rubber smell after a while !

              • DaWizard
                DaWizard commented
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                I LOVE the smell of burnt rubber in the mornings!

              • pAAt
                pAAt commented
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                DaWizzard, not that it's any of my business but, what are you doing in the morning to create that much friction ?

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