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Old 12-29-2014, 11:59 AM   #1
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Guys:

I am a 58-year old professor in the area of International Political Economy of Asia. I know, I know. A geek, and you are right! My father did not work on cars, I have not, but am just always curious to learn new things. I would like to purchase a 1950 through 1976 Chevrolet pick-up truck, but would be starting from scratch in terms of knowing anything about the mechanics and the body repair. I need it to hall things to the dump, as I am remodeling my home. I also am fascinated with the older trucks, love cars, attend weekly car shows, Goodguys, Barrett Jackson (live in Phoenix), local get togethers, but I want to learn the basics and more.

How would you approach learning about mechanics and fabrication? How should I proceed?

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Old 12-29-2014, 03:36 PM   #2
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Roe,

I'd suggest buying a truck that is in good driveable / roadworthy shape, that is from 1963 to 1972. This will yield a truck with decent creature comforts, that is easy to work on, with no pollution control devices and no computer. I'd also suggest a C10 and not a C20 or bigger.

If you need assistance on buying, to know what's good and what isn't, team up with some local enthusiasts to help you scope out what's available.

We can also help here if you can get us information on a prospective purchase.

From there, once a purchase has been made, we can also help as things start to "need attention". Just post up your query here and we'll be on it like a duck on a June bug.

Just ask lots of questions, do your due diligence on research, and then jump in. It's really never been easier than today, having access to videos and forums.

And finally.... Good luck and

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Old 12-29-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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He lives in Phoenix, so anything 67 and newer has to go thru annual emissions.......unless you insure it on a Classic insurance policy, but then it can't be your daily driver.
Good advice, though..........that's the way to do it, if you want a run around, trash hauler kind of truck.
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He lives in Phoenix, so anything 67 and newer has to go thru annual emissions.......
Wow

I'd narrow my search to pre '67 then. I hate the government telling me what to do with my old classics...

Maybe they should spend less time checking exhaust pipes, and more time checking green cards ... perhaps that would be more productive?
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government.............productive? can't use those two words in the same sentence.
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government.............productive? can't use those two words in the same sentence.
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Hi Roe!

Ron From Northern Nevada Here. Welcome to the site, I hope we may all give you some advice to get you going and help you out.... Happy New Year !
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Hello Roe from Mississippi, Welcome to the forum.
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