A very well known Chevelle guy who is a friend of mine owned this truck back in 1990-1992 (before I knew him), and had told me about it a couple years ago. I have been hunting it ever since!
Thanks to Bill Wente (67since67) for alerting me to the auction. I went and looked at it earlier this week. It is the Real McCoy, and it will be in my garage Sunday night!
Original block with virgin factory original stamps. Original heads and intake. Original L78-only 4-row radiator with finger guard, correctly dated for the truck. Original L78 DG crank pulley and WP pulley. The holes are in the dash for the missing factory tach.
Correct real factory FS tilt column and factory wood wheel. It also has the noise condenser on the heater motor wire that only came on AM/FM cars. I asked my friend (the prior owner) about it, and he says he snatched the FM out of it before he sold it in 1992. He was going to take the tilt but didn't have a straight column at the time to install (thank goodness!). So this was a very nicely optioned L78 truck!
Body appears as straight as one could ever hope for. The missing Malibu side trim will take some careful effort to reopen the holes in the exact correct locations, but we can handle that! And the window channels and all the floor pans are in immaculate condition (other than the holes drilled for the bucket seat bolts, which will be an easy fix).
As soon as the DMV inspection is done (they require that here now for old cars coming in from out of state), the tear down will begin to put this truck back to factory colors, trim and interior configuration -- Deepwater blue with medium blue (the silvery blue color) bench seat.
I have most every missing part it needs, except a nice bench seat with medium blue hinge covers and seatbelt slot guides, and a set of dated standard seatbelts for a medium blue interior. I'll be on the hunt for all that, and any help would be appreciated!
I also have already found the widow of the original owner!! She has promised to send me copies of pictures when it was new!! She asked me to send her a picture of a POP warranty book, and she's going to hunt for that too!! I will be saying my prayers
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