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Pickup Converted Into Car
When the body became too badly rusted to use on my 1975 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup, I kept the frame and mounted a 1971 Chevy El Camino body on it. I painted the body silver, with a flat black hood and roof. The El Camino body is bolted onto eight, 4-in. sq. brackets that I welded onto the pickup frame. I added rubber cushions to each bracket to make the ride smoother. I replaced the pickup’s original tires with 32-in. tall tires to keep the body from twisting on uneven ground.
 I kept the pickup’s original 350 cu. in. engine and 4-speed transmission. The window frames were also rusted so I welded some small pieces of metal around them. I used Carhart jean pockets and hammer loops to make “pockets” on the insides of the doors to hold tools and parts. (Shane Myrick, 17758 Vail Rd., Pleasanton, Kan. 66075, ph 913 757-3309; cell 913 671-9812)

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #3