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Wanna Save Your Marriage? Buy Your Wife a 1966 Chevrolet C10

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2015-06-22 Phil Schwartze, Grant Cox
1966 chevrolet c10 front passenger side Wanna Save Your Marriage? Buy Your Wife a 1966 Chevrolet C10

We've all been there. Having to break the news to your significant other that, yes, your manly compulsion to spend money on vintage iron got the best of you again and you shelled out some dough to put a new project in the garage. Sometimes it can feel like the final moments before a judge pronounces sentence on a condemned man when you await your wife's reaction. Occasionally they warm up to it, but from time to time the look of death emanating from their eyes doesn't seem to go away until the project is finished and/or sold. Tracy Marsh knows this situation all too well.

He and his wife Peggy run Clutch Rod and Custom in Wichita, Kansas, so seeing projects come and go was nothing out of the ordinary. One day on the way to work Tracy passed by a 1966 Chevy C10 parked on the side of the road. Tracy decided to buy it on the spot and use it as a shop truck. As they started to pull the truck apart, it became evident that it was not going to be the quick fixer-upper that Tracy had hoped for. Body rot was extensive and this was going to be a full restoration that Tracy planned to eventually sell. Since their customers' cars took priority, it eventually became a six-year process and Tracy felt the best thing to keep the peace with Peggy was to at least get her input throughout the build.

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The plan was for the truck to retain a lot of its stock flavor, keep it practical, and upgrade the parts that needed it most. The factory chassis still resides and has been fitted with Performance Suspension springs, a rear C-notch, and CPP 2-inch drop spindles. The Wheel Vintiques smoothies are brought to a stop with CPP front disc brakes, master cylinder, and kept straight with a CPP power steering conversion. The 350 the truck came with was freshened up with PML accessories, HEI ignition, an Edelbrock 600-cfm carb and manifold, hugger shorty headers, and a March serpentine pulley kit. It still retains its factory air system as well as the original Powerglide trans. A Bowtie Bits fuel tank now sits under the bed.

All the sheetmetal, with the exception of the bed and pack panel on the roof had to be replaced. Thankfully LMC Truck came to the rescue to provide all the necessary hardware to bring it back into shape. When deciding on a color, Tracy chose to go with 1966 Chevy car colors by PPG: Vanilla and Cameo Beige. Although many around the shop had their doubts at first, it certainly surprised everyone with how immaculate it turned out, including Peggy. The bed was fitted with a hidden latch system by Bowtie Bits and the wood was upgraded to African sapele by Tracy's friend Jeff Sanders and is a nice complement to the new color. As it all started to come together, things were looking up.

The interior was kept pretty true to original and now includes a Speedway column and Tri-Five steering wheel, Lokar shifter, and Classic Car Stereos head unit. With the revamped gauges, new carpet by Walt's Custom Upholstery, and seat redone by No Coast Customs, the basket case found on the side of the road was really beginning to win over the one person who initially despised it — Peggy.

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After all the time and effort that Clutch Rod and Custom put into this old C10, it's no shop truck. In fact it's Peggy's driver and she loves it. So much so that that Tracy hasn't even driven the truck yet. "She won't let me, it's her baby. When I got it done I gave it to her for all the anguish I put her through." Just goes to show you, that fixer-upper project may just be the ticket to making your wife a happy lady — that is, if you're willing to hand over the keys.

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Facts & Figures

1966 Chevy C10
Tracy and Peggy Marsh

Chassis
Frame: stock
Modifications: Performance Suspension springs, CPP power steering, C-notch, CPP 2-inch drop spindles
Rearend / Ratio: stock / 2.73:1
Rear brakes: stock drum
Front brakes: CPP master cylinder and disc brakes
Wheels: Wheel Vintiques Smoothies 15x8 front and rear
Tires: BFGoodrich Silvertown radial P215/70R15

Drivetrain
Engine: 350 w/March Serpentine pulley system
Intake / Carb: Edelbrock Performer / Edelbrock 600-cfm
Headers: block hugger
Fuel Tank: Bowtie Bits
Transmission: Powerglide
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom by American Muffler / Flowmaster 40-series

Body
Modifications: stock, replacement panels by LMC Truck
Bed: African sapele wood with Bowtie Bits hidden latch system
Bodywork and paint by: Clutch Rod and Custom
Paint type / Color: PPG / Vanilla and Cameo Beige
Headlights / Taillights: stock

Interior
Dashboard: stock
Gauges: stock
Air conditioning: stock
Stereo: Classic Car Stereos
Steering wheel: Speedway Tri-Five
Steering column: Speedway
Seats: stock
Material / Color: leather / white by No Coast Customs
Carpet: brown by Walt's Custom Upholstery

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