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#541 of 560 Re: Not the Daily Driver Anymore but Still Works Hard [bumpy]
Apr 12, 2007 (1:08 pm)
Sorry about that, didn't know when I posted the link since I am registered there. It actually has a 307 ci V-8 and the three-on-the-tree transmission. 297,000 miles, most of them mine, the remainder from the rest of the family.
A "Carspace" logo, over a scan of a newspaper article, with my original picture...no copyright lawsuits please
#542 of 560 Re: Not the Daily Driver Anymore but Still Works Hard [justaveragejoe]
Apr 13, 2007 (11:29 am)
Right, I forgot that the 307 replaced the 283 in 1968. Nice truck, and nice to see it still gets around.
#543 of 560 That '68 GMC...
Apr 13, 2007 (2:37 pm)
is one sweet truck. I really like that body style. Hey, were they using all-steel beds by that time, or were the floors still made out of wood?
When my '85 Silverado has breathed its last, I've thought about trying to replace it with a classic pickup, and I always did like that '68-72 style of GMC. Only problem is, my truck has sentimental value, as my Granddad bought it brand-new. I have a hard time parting with cars.
#544 of 560 Re: That '68 GMC... [andre1969]
Apr 13, 2007 (3:35 pm)
Like Jay Leno said, "If you want to be a car collector then don't ever sell one" Keep the '85 and then get a project truck. Parts are still available.
Yes, steel bed in this one.
#545 of 560 Re: That '68 GMC... [andre1969]
Apr 13, 2007 (5:39 pm)
Wood was the standard bed, but steel was an option. Wood beds are fairly common on the 1967-68s, but just about everyone ordered the steel bed by 1972.
#546 of 560 Advice on using classic car for daily driver
May 07, 2009 (12:36 pm)
Hi Everyone...I was online searching for info on using classic cars as daily drivers and found this message board. I would appreciate if I can get some answers on my concerns.
So my husband decided he wants to get a classic car and use it for his commuting...he drives about 50 miles at least 5x per week. He was looking at a 64 malibu or chevelle?? The thing I'm concerned about is safety! We do have an infant and if we need to put a car seat in there, would it be safe enough? And would it be safe enough to use as a daily driver...also since he's going to be putting on massive mileage...would the car actually depreciate in value?
Any input would be helpful!
#547 of 560 Re: Advice on using classic car for daily driver [deniseal0902]
May 07, 2009 (12:45 pm)
The folks I see using these for daily drivers have short commutes. '64 is old, no safety devices (maybe lap belts), weak drum brakes, no air bags, I wouldn't put a car seat in it. Overall bad idea. No way he can have one for weekends?
#548 of 560 Re: Advice on using classic car for daily driver [deniseal0902]
May 07, 2009 (12:55 pm)
I wouldn't consider a '64 Chevelle to be a particularly dangerous car, but it's nowhere near as safe as what's out there today. They only had lap belts, no shoulder belts. And I think belts for the back seat were still optional. I don't know anything about infant seats, but don't you need seatbelts for the car seat to anchor to?
If he gets a 2-door hardtop or 2-door sedan, which are more valuable than the 4-door, getting a car seat into the back could be a bit of a challenge, anyway.
Also, these cars just had single master cylinders, seats without headrests, very little useful padding on the dashboards, and steering columns that did not collapse.
I'd suggest something a little later, like 1968. By that time, they had collapsible steering columns, shoulder belts up front, dual master cylinders, and interiors that were much more impact-friendly in a crash.
I guess if he has his heart set on a '64 though, some of the stuff like a dual master cylinder and shoulder belts could be retrofitted?
Putting 250 miles per week on the car is definitely going to hurt its value, unless he buys a high-mileage car to begin with, and then he's going to run into reliability issues. And being a 40+ year old car, it WILL break down on occasion, no matter how well it's been taken care of! How mechanically inclined is your husband?
#549 of 560 Re: Advice on using classic car for daily driver [deniseal0902]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 07, 2009 (2:23 pm)
A car like this could be reliable enough if it was in good shape to begin with, but I agree with those posters who would retrofit a dual master cylinder and better seat belts.
As for putting on miles--only if it was a very low miles original car, would this matter. These odometers turn back to zero anyway at 99,000, so people rarely know what the real mileage is on 50 year old cars anyway. Not an issue IMO unless it is documented low mileage, and VERY low mileage at that.
As for safety, no car is safe, but a back seat is a lot safer than a front one. Most of us alive here right now grew up without car seats and air bags.
So yeah, go for it if you can do the retrofits and if he drives sensibly. Even front disk brake conversion would be a good idea (if the car has power brakes already).
Also gas mileage is gonna hurt if gas goes back up to $4 gal.
#550 of 560 64 as a daily driver - A few ideas before she starts work as a Commuter
May 08, 2009 (5:20 am)
I think that besides the upgrades to the brakes and the belts - if he's really going to do any serious commuting in it, he'd be well served to dump a little money in it up front before he goes road warrioring in it.
Repairs that are done up front on a scheduled basis are cheaper and a lot (read LOT) less hassle in the long run. When it comes to car maintenance, my whole goal in life is to try to do things on MY schedule. I hate surprises.
I'm thinking core the radiator, change the water pump and do all the belts and hoses. Perhaps do the ball joints and redo the brakes while the car is down. A new battery is just about mandatory.
The idea is to cover all the common stuff that might drop the car off the road unexpectedly and fix em before they happen.
There's nothing worse than being 48 miles from home after work on a Monday evening and blowing a radiator hose. WalMart just doesn't stock radiator hoses for a 64 Chevy any more so there's no quick easy fix. So you get a roll of duct tape and a couple gallon jugs of water. Now you have to limp home AND THEN you have to figure out how to get to work on time Tuesday morning.
This kind of thing isn't about having 1964 - it would be true with any car older than about 1995 if you're looking at 250 miles a week.
You two will spend a lot more happy family time together if you do it this way.
He'll still be out in the garage, but it won't be at midnight on a Wednesday and you won't be shouting at each other
You don't need to ask me how I learned these things, but I have vivid memories of being in my apartment parking lot at sundown with the hood open, tools scattered everywhere, and my beloved asking "Aren't you done YET?"