I think they kind of went off the radar for awhile. I know I used to think they were pretty ugly old trucks, and not many people seemed to be focusing on them as restoration candidates.
But time has been pretty good to them. You’re starting to see these trucks around more and more all the time, and reproduction parts are getting plentiful. If they keep coming up with things, it won’t be long until you can build a new one out of a catalog.
Over the years, there were many subtle, and not-so-subtle changes throughout these trucks lifetime. The 1960 and ’61 models are the only ones that came from the factory with the “eyebrows” in the hood, similar to the oval pods found on a ’59 Chevy car. The grills are a bit different between the two years, and ‘60s have the bullet-centered hubcaps carried over from the ’57 – ’59 models, while the ’61 caps had a flatter design.
‘63s like mine had another new grill, with round bezels around the lights. The bigger news was underneath, as ’63 was the first year for coil springs under the front suspension as opposed to the torsion-arm setup in the earlier models. Out of the box, the new suspension probably didn’t ride as soft, but it lasted longer and wasn’t nearly as hard on tires.
From 1964 until the last of this style rolled-out in 1966, there were very few appearance changes, save the style and placement of the side emblems. Of course, engine choices changed and improved along the way, and there were other subtle differences, but all-in-all, this style endured for quite some time.
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