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    Some here may remember a few posts I made years ago concerning a 1971 Chevy C-10 that I bought for my son in 2004 when he graduated from high school. He was really into racing dirt bikes and the truck (a fleet side long bed) had plenty of room for two bikes and all the necessary fuel, gear and a pair of ramps. The truck was in decent shape and had an Earl Scheib paint job that didnít look half bad. At the time, I knew that paint was probably covering up a lot of Bondo and heaven only knew what else, but it looked pretty good and he loved it. 350 with a mild performance cam and some headers made for a great sound and it was very drivable as purchased. Soon after the purchase, I removed the 750cfm QuadraJet and installed a dual plane aluminum manifold and the old reliable 1406 (to actually tone things down a bit), and we drove the daylights out of this vehicle for the next sixteen years. There were several upgrades (interior and gauges) as well as one re-spray (that turned out to be a disaster) but overall, the truck has been a workhorse and Ryan has always loved having it and working on it. As all dads will attest, anything that allows time with the kids is a good thing.

    Letís fast forward to last year. The truck is looking a bit tired. Needs front shock and the headers are a bit pitted. The body really needed a once over so we decided to bite the bullet and sent it to the same gentleman who had done such an incredible job on my 1963 Nova SS. A series of pictures follow the progress and we drove it home today.

    The first four pictures are the day we brought it home:
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    The interior was not the greatest and the engine was filthy. These pictures show interior as purchased and later upgraded as well as the initial engine bay clean up/modifications and new exhaust which takes us through 2011.
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    Interior and exhaust - takes us through 2011
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    That got quite the work over, looks pretty cush now.
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    Ok - now it's August of 2020 and we're beginning the body restoration. My friend Lonnie McCance managed a body shop for Ford in Newberg, Oregon for years and now works from his home shop doing spectacular work. Found up to 7 coats of paint in some spots and surprisingly very little Bondo.
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    As is often the case in most 50 year old vehicles, we did find some cancer around the rocker panels and lower doors. Lonnie cut out all the bad stuff and welded in new - coating all exposed interior surfaces with POR-15.
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    Lots of prep work, primer and then the first look at the color. It's a 2020 Jaguar color and believe me, the pictures do not do it justice. It really comes alive in the sun with shade of pearl and fine metal flake. Here's the doors prior to cut, buff and clear coat.
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    Now the project is really starting to come together. Lonnie got all the panels laser straight and the paint laid down like glass. Installed new front windshield and all new rubber gaskets for glass.
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    And here's what we picked up today. Ryan is now 34 with his bride Katie and Lonnie McCance - all were very happy with results. After a 40 minute drive, she's snuggled next to the 63' Nova.

    Still a couple little things, i.e., need new sockets for the backup lights and one pesky turn signal but overall looks better than the day it rolled off the line.

    Did a rhino liner in the bed with a touch of blue tint. Bed looks really great for 50 years old. Ryan has decreed, "No dump runs and only clean lumber. No bags of cement of concrete blocks and no trailing through the blackberry field!"

    Hope you all enjoyed this snippet of the project.
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    That's some really good stuff going there Glenn.........
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    Great story! Beautiful truck! Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for all the likes - I have to tell you that the entire project can be summed up in this last picture. My son Ryan was so pleased with the outcome. Color was his choice and he was so excited to see the truck restored and really beyond it's original glory. I also have to say that having his wife Katie on board with this project is very nice.

    As we all know, you can't choose who your kids will fall in love with and marry. Ryan went through a horrible "girlfriend divorce" when he was in his early 20's and swore he'd never like much less love another woman aside from his mom and sisters. He didn't see any women for several years and then he met Katie when he was working at the pro shop at the Reserve golf course in Hillsboro, Oregon. A spunky little girl who was athletic (great golfer) and possessed a very high set of morals and standards that gave Ryan pause. I'll never forget when he shared with me, "Dad - I met this girl and she's, well she's different and I think I'd like you and mom to meet her...."

    Well, we met her and shortly after they were engaged (boy do they clean up nice!) and then married at a small ceremony on the Oregon coast in 2014.

    Joanie and I have been so blessed to have Katie as a part of our family - she's smart, quick of wit, fun to be around and most importantly she and Ryan complete each other. They've been married just six and a half years now - no kids, two cats - and they live fairly close to us so we see them usually once a week (Friday is hamburger night at our place). They both work hard at great jobs, love each, still golf together and are just fun to be around.

    Thanks for letting a proud father ramble a bit...

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    Another great story, one that made the screen go blurry for a minute.... They seem to be a match made in Heaven!
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    Thanks for the kind words, Roger. I think I'm getting more sentimental as I grow older. My priorities are my faith, my wife, my kids and then everything else and things just seems to work well. Not always easy, but overall very rewarding.
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    The smiles say it all! Love the pictures! Brings a smile to my face!

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