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Projects The Hillbilly Cadillac (1963 C10)

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Dean Williams, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. Dean Williams
    Joined: Dec 30, 2017
    Posts: 4

    Dean Williams

    So here she is, my 1963 Chevy C10. I just picked her up on 12-25-17 for $1800 and this is my thread for all the changes I make on it. I plan to go traditional custom with it, nothing too crazy. Right now it's a nightmare of redneck engineering, the wiring on this thing is everywhere and it's got a Chrysler radiator! Thanks for looking!

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  2. ring gap
    Joined: Dec 29, 2017
    Posts: 44

    ring gap

    nice looking truck what are your plans motor wise???you may have to change rearend if you want to drive on high speed roads...mine rides nice at 50
  3. Like the bed flag:cool:.
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  4. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
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    Welcome to the H.A.M.B. Dean.
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  5. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,031

    jimmy six

    Nice to see an unaltered untouched stock pickup that looks like it just came off the show room floor after all these years. :rolleyes:
  6. Dean,

    Welcome to the HAMB! Where is home for you? There are some great C10 guys here in the Athens/Atlanta area if you're close.
  7. Dean Williams
    Joined: Dec 30, 2017
    Posts: 4

    Dean Williams

    For the motor I’m fine sticking with the straight 6 for now. I need to give it way more stopping power and handling first lol. Eventually wayyy down the road I wouldn’t mind swapping it for a 350.
  8. Dean Williams
    Joined: Dec 30, 2017
    Posts: 4

    Dean Williams

    Thank you, it was about time join after all the time I’ve spent spying on this forum lol.
  9. Dean Williams
    Joined: Dec 30, 2017
    Posts: 4

    Dean Williams

    I’m from Tacoma WA, if I ever end up cruising that far out there I’ll know who to look for!
  10. Originally from the PNW we had a ton-o-those old chevy pickups. My last knee knocker chev [curved windshield dog leg] was a 61 with a good running 235 with split manifold and dual smittys. Great trucks. 61chevypu (2).jpg
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  11. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 4,352


    '63 has the open mesh grille. Good 'ol trucks.
  12. The 63 doesn't have the torsion bar front end. it also has the 12 bolt rear. and doesn't have the hyd clutch release. all great improvements from the 60 thru 62 trucks. Oversize tires on the rear will make it a bit longer legged and lower the RPM at higher speeds. In the early 70,s I drove a short bed 63 and loved the 410 and 430 rear gears. Gas was cheep then and I liked to smoke the tires. I had a 390 Hp 427 in my truck about the time of the fake gas shortage. pulled it out and installed a 194 six. I have it parked in the woods and a ice storm toppled a cedar tree on it. I had to quit driving it because the frame developed metal fatuge and was cracking in several places. setting & rotting 016.JPG setting & rotting 017.JPG
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  13. Yikes- that's a bit of a haul!

    Make sure you also check out lots of helpful folks on that site as well (and a bunch of us that are on both)
  14. ...those are nice trucks, my first one was a 63 short fleetside,'s a nice one, but probly too nice...this is when GM made nice lookin trucks,...can't believe the ugly stuff they sell today.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018
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  15. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    Peanut 1959

    Can't say I feel the same...
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  16. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    I would be willing to bet that is the only C10 in the country with that flag painted in bed AND a "Vans" decal.

    I smell identity crisis.

    You will enjoy the truck.
  17. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,155

    Peanut 1959

    I caught that too!
  18. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Great start ! Rocky had the right idea: a 235, split manifold, and, some hot mufflers, and your engine choice can be a real winner !

    Best of luck to you Dean !


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