Ruidoso High School's 1967 Chevy C10
Ruidoso High School (RHS) shop program (Mechanics and Welding classes) was given the opportunity to completely restore a 1967 Chevy half-ton, two-wheel drive pickup. We were approached by a community member and program supporter, Mr. Grant Grant (yes his first and last names are Grant!). Grant donated this vehicle to us as a project under the condition that the pickup, after restoration, remain property of, and use by the RHS shop program.
We started disassembly of the pickup. The students and I carefully disassembled and labeled all of the parts, as the truck was completely taken apart. The frame was scrubbed clean and we found some damage (it was bent). We were able to straighten the frame (again, the students doing as much of the work as possible) using a port-a-power. The 1967 long bed frame was cut and welded to create a short bed. The frame was then painted black.
Previously, the District decommissioned a 1985 Chevy half-ton, two-wheel drive pickup and donated the vehicle to the Shop program. The 1985’s front cross member and suspension with disc brakes were rebuilt with 3” drop spindles, painted, and installed on the 1967 frame. Next, the 1985’s rear drive axle was rebuilt with a locker differential, welded on swing-arm brackets, painted, and then was installed with 3” drop coil springs on the 1967 frame giving 5 lug wheel mounting on both axles. The first gen small block 350 was sent to the machine shop for machining and was rebuilt and painted by the students using Edelbrock donations. We disassembled the Powerglide transmission, cleaned, and rebuilt the transmission using B&M donations. The engine and transmission were then installed in the frame.
We will strip the cab and perform body work in preparation for painting. The rest of the body parts will be prepped for painting also. We have also purchased a complete 1989 short step-side Chevy pickup bed to be painted and used with this project. We will also install a new wiring harness as the old harness was not serviceable. We will clean and rebuild as much of the original equipment as possible to keep the cost of the project as minimal as possible. The pictures below show our progress, unfortunately I cannot show student’s faces due to FERPA regulations.