A Brief Introduction
When I was growing up one of the first
vehicles I learned to drive was my father's 1963 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck.
The truck had a 292 CID L-6 engine, a Chevy 4-speed manual transmission and
a Chevy 2-speed rear axle. Garwood made the dump body and Heil supplied the
Named the "Blue
Mule" after its dark blue color (although the original factory color was
Red) and significant pulling power, the truck was a hard worker and a lot of
fun to drive. However, years of Massachusetts weather and salty road
conditions rotted the body badly. With each passing year, the truck was used
less and less. With very little use and a corroded body, Dad ended up
selling "The Mule" shortly after he bought a brand new GMC 1-ton dump truck.
Like so many others, one of my lifelong
dreams is to restore an old Chevy truck. It's easy to see that most
restoration enthusiasts choose either a ½ - ton, ¾ - ton or 1-ton truck as
their project vehicle. This is due to their inherent simplicity, abundance,
availability of NOS or reproduction parts and street modification potential.
However, for me the choice was simple when it came time to start looking for
a restoration project; I wanted a medium duty truck.
Finding a medium duty truck in New
England, especially one with restoration potential, would be a daunting
endeavor to say the least. However, in July, 2000, I changed employers and
moved from New Hampshire to Colorado. My new home in the dry mid-West
renewed my desire to find a truck so I started looking in local and
web-based classified advertisements. I found several interesting potentials,
but most were so far away that the round trip costs to get it home made it
Then one day, about 3 miles from my
home, I saw my ideal restoration candidate; a 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump
truck. Talk about a nearly identical match to my ideal restoration vehicle!!
The truck has a 327 CID V-8 (although, as I later found out, a much
preferred 292 CID L-6 engine was original), a New Process 5-speed manual
transmission and a Chevy 2-speed rear axle. It also has the desired Garwood
dump body and Heil hydraulic system. After initial contact and subsequent
negotiations with the seller, I bought the truck.
About This Site
The main purpose of my site is to detail
the restoration process of my truck. Like most enthusiasts, this is a hobby
for me and I work on my project as time and money permits. More often than
not this translates to the old adage of "when you have the time you don't
have the money...and when you have the money you don't have the time".
Another purpose for my site is to share historical data, technical
specifications and restoration information about 1960-1966 Chevy medium duty
trucks. I use the internet frequently for research and participate in
several discussion forums; however, as mentioned above, information on
medium duty trucks is somewhat limited. As time goes on I hope that this
site will become a resource for other medium duty truck enthusiasts.
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