Friday, May 31, 2019

VIDEO: Project Cheap Truck Part I - 1976 Chevy C10 Scottsdale Sport stepside

We bought it from original owner and found panties, mardi gras beads and a hotel matchbook. No wonder the wife wanted to get rid of it so bad!

Squarebody score! This 1976 Chevy Scottsdale Sport Stepside in orange was picked up for next to nothing. The original owner's wife was ready for it to leave the yard after 43 years. But why? The secret may have been revealed in the glovebox. Red panties, a motel matchbook and mardi gras beads. Oh, and a bullet hole in the hood. This party animal wears orange. Check out the video below to see the evidence.

More than meets the eye
A really odd-optioned, 1976 Scottsdale Sport, one-owner refugee bought in Pell City, Alabama in 1976. Junkyard Life jumped at the opportunity to own this squarebody with the wild past because it was super cheap (wife actually gave it away but we couldn't take it that way) and we know these trucks are a hot item. C10s are easy to repair and maintain and seem to last forever. Chevy built millions of these full-size, boxy trucks between 1973 and 1987 so used parts should be plentiful.

Part 1 video provides the back story on what will be a series of fun adventures. (See the original write-up here) We plan to hit the highways and cars shows in Project Cheap Truck as we show you how to get the most for your money. Sweat and junkyard engineering go a long way for the average Joe who wants to ride in a classic but stay on a budget.

We will have our foot down pounding the 350 engine and hammering on the three-on-the-tree as we make good on the promise (to the original owner) to get this Tangier Orange Chevy truck back on the road. We told the original owner if we didn't get it running we would give it back to him. Ten minutes and a bungee-tied gas can on the bumper was all we needed to get it started. Brakes, a new fuel tank, tires and a string of cheapo fixer-upper repairs are where we stand now. Follow along as we make this truck haul some fun. 

Thanks for watching
More wrecks and wreckage to come. And as always, more rust recovery by the Junkyard Life Rusty Gold Rescue Team! We are always hunting old cars and stories from characters like you. 

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust

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