Episode 19 – Finishing Touches on the Cab Interior

Here’s What’s Next on Project C10

Episode 19 – The Project C10 crew makes great progress on the cab interior, putting the finishing touches on the dash, installing the bench seat and adding seat belts as a new safety modification. This truck has new power windows, too – courtesy of a few stealth modifications to the universal kit. Now, the windows operate a lot smoother than the day it rolls out of the factory back in 1965.

Episode 19 – Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: So, we’ve got the box in, the doors bolted up and now we’ve got it latched. Good as new. So that with the stereo in place and the gauges, we’ve got only a few things left to do on the dash itself. So we still need to put on the steering wheel, the knobs, things like that, but the dash itself is almost done.

The Skinny On Power Windows

Justin: I’m going to talk to you a little bit about what we had to do to get the power windows in this thing. The kit that we used was a little more of a universal kit, rather than a direct bolt on. And as a result, we had to do a little bit of modifications to the door to get the switches to fit. You have your power window switch right here, and it uses the factory window crank to actually move the window up or down.

And in order to get that in there to sit that in right, we actually had to cut a hole in the door and recess the switch, right, otherwise we were going to have too big of a gap in-between the handle and the overall panel that fits right here. Before it’s all said and done, so you won’t even see them, but yeah. I mean, it’s kind of a cool modification, one of these old trucks. And actually the windows operate a lot smoother than factory now.

Cab Interior? Done.

Drew Yagodnik: All right, so also last couple days and weeks, we’ve been working on the interior. What kind of progress have we made there, and what kind of challenges have you had?

Rick: We had a lot of progress inside. So the biggest challenges was basically finishing up the seat, getting the cover on, getting the padding the way we wanted it to, and getting everything fastened together and also the seat belts. This truck didn’t have seat belts.

Drew:  Right.

Rick Drewry:  So we added seat belts. You wanted a column shift, with a bench seat, with three seat belts, so you can travel with three people to go to car shows and things like that. Makes perfectly good sense.

Drew: Yeah.

Rick: So, we did that, we got the bolts in that we needed to. Got you three lap belts that will work great. And then now, with the gas gauge being fixed, all the gauges work the way they should.

Well, we don’t know the speedometer yet, we haven’t driven it down the road but we will test that out. The good thing is the speedometer we have is adjustable, so we can adjust it at the speedometer versus getting a new gear or whatever you need to for the transmission.

Drew: Okay.

Rick: So it should be good, because it’s a fly-by-wire, there is no speedometer cable.

Let’s Talk Gearhead Talk

Drew:  Well, and as we move forward, you’re going to start to see some sheet metal up here, but let’s talk about the motor. So we’ve fired it, done some tune last week, but just a few little things here and there that need to be buttoned up.

Rick: Yeah, we had a couple of things. We had to replace a spark plug wire that was resting on the header, so that was an easy enough fix, but it’s something you have to address, you just can’t let it go. And then we still have to do the A/C as well.

Drew:  Okay.

Rick: So we got to add Freon. We did put a vacuum on the A/C system, held a vacuum for 48 hours, tight as a drum.

Drew: Yeah.

Rick: So it’s sealed, so it should be a very easy process to add the refrigerant and we should be good to go.

Drew: Well, and we’re super close. So, there’s a lot more to come, next time you see us, you’re going to see a lot more metal up front.

Rick: That’s right.

Drew: Stay tuned.

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