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1969 Chevrolet Short Fleetside Pickup

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Owner: David Griffin

Suddenly, while moving with traffic, directly in front of our vehicle on a major interstate highway, was a very attractive 1969 Chevrolet ½ ton short bed pickup. We also watched other drivers and we could see it was certainly an eye catcher to them. The biggest surprise was that it was soon parking in the same building supply store where we were parking!

This coincidence was just too great not to talk to the owner about his attractive little red Chevy. The more we discussed his truck, the more it seemed like a perfect candidate for our feature truck of the month series.

The owner is David Griffin of Oak Grove, Missouri. He rarely drives it the 40 miles to his work, however, that day we saw him was an exception.  It was his “fun” transportation to his job then and we were both going to shop at the same store.

David told us the major part of the restoration was complete to almost factory specifications except for the interior. That will follow soon as time and money are available.  Of course, for now it is a great driver but it is only out on nice days!  He continues to do the many other small restoration extras that need to be completed while it is his fun driver.


It’s legal in Missouri to re-use the same year license

Here is what makes it so special to David: His grandfather, Jim Kuder, had owned it 15 years, personally did most of the restoration, and then gave it to David. What a gift and a surprise!

Jim has always been an avid collector and restorer of specialty vehicles. He still has such special completed cars such as a 1931 Model A Ford, 1954 Ford Sky liner (glass top Tudor), 1951 Studebaker, Ford Bronco, VW Dune Buggy etc.  This special ½ ton was built just for his grandson, and this certainly gives David real pride of ownership!

This 1969 Chevy pickup is painted the same colors as it came from the factory in Crimson Red with Polar White top. Jim bought it at a local antique car swap meet about 2003 because of it having so much restoration potential and it had the very popular short bed. The limited rust required only one cab corner to be replaced and most all was factory original.

It’s tired 250 six cylinder engine and Power glide transmission were easily exchanged for a 400 small block V-8 and 350 Turbo Hydromatic transmission. This transplant pair came from a 1974 Chevy Bel Air Car. Unfortunately, the hope for this being a good engine was short lived.  The timing gear broke soon after instillation and driving came to a stop.

Jim must have had plans for David to later own the pickup because the V-8 was removed and given a major rebuilding, not just a timing gear. Even a 4 barrel intake manifold and carburetor were then added.  With the powerful V-8, David has no problem keeping up with freeway traffic.  It is the more frequent stops for fuel that reminds him, “Gasoline used to be much less expensive”.


Speaker Hole. Do we use them or fill them?

David is not new to older Chevrolet trucks. In high school his first truck was a 1964 Chevrolet ½ ton stepside long bed.  He drove it another six years learning so much on how trucks operate and how to make the repairs that are required when driving an over 10 year old vehicle.

Note: David did not realize at the time how unusual this high school pickup really was.  Few long bed stepsides were produced by the mid 1960’s.  Most wanting a long bed, (usually for work) paid a little extra for the extended bed with the 127” wheel base, and got a fleetside pickup.

Birth of the Blazer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010



The debut of the famous 4×4 Chevrolet Blazer was in 1969. It had little competition and stood alone as a combination off-road and daily driver utility vehicle. Chevrolet truck dealers were taken by surprise! Waiting lines soon occurred requesting this new and unique car/truck vehicle.

By 1970, production was in full swing. GMC also entered the project this second year by replacing the Chevrolet and Blazer insignias with GMC letters and a “Jimmy” emblem. A major addition in 1970 was the introduction of the two wheel drive Blazer and Jimmy. This was partially due to commitments by the U.S. Postal Service. Fewer than 1,000 of these were produced or less than 10% of overall production. Most government orders were in six cylinders though some V-8 two wheel drive models found buyers in the private sector.

Sales of this unique vehicle spiraled. By 1972, production had increased the volume of the introduction year. It was named, Motor Trend’s “Utility Vehicle of the Year.” In the April 1970 issue of Car and Driver magazine, they said “The drivetrain pieces are well designed, rugged, and long proved by use in Chevy’s light trucks.” GM referred to it as their do anything, go anywhere vehicle.

The demand for these car/truck vehicles today is stronger than ever. Its short 107″ wheel base, ease of handling, and many parts interchanging with pickups, make it an excellent investment vehicle to drive daily or keep in storage.

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1969-1972 Blazer Tailgate

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


Are you on a hunt for a new 1969-1972 Blazer tailgate? It may not be as difficult as you think. GM saved much money by using a 1967-1972 Chevrolet Fleetside tailgate!

1969-1972 blazer tailgate

The one difference is a narrow strip of stamped sheet metal attached to the top edge. Most used Blazer tailgates, whatever their lower condition, still have this strip.

This metal strip is necessary for a good seal when the upper lift gate is lowered with its rubber strip. The tailgate strip is held in place with seven sheet metal screws.

On at least the 1971-1972 Blazer, the strip is also held in place by a long strip of double sided tape (like used to hold the decorative side trim in place). By removing the screws, cleaning rust and old paint, it can be attached to the new tailgate. Presto! You have a new Blazer tailgate.

1969-1972 blazer tailgate

1969-1972 Head Light Bezel

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Contrary to what almost all Chevrolet truck parts dealers list in their catalogs, the 1969-1972 headlight bezels were not alike. Though today all are reproduced in bright-anodized aluminum. This is actually only correct for 1971-1972.

The 1969-1970 bezels were black stamped steel even on the most deluxe models. This color is necessary to blend with the two horizontal black lines in the center grill bar.

If you don’t have the correct stamped steel bezels for your 1969-1970 Chevrolet, paint the 1971-1972 aluminum copies in satin black to match the grill stripes.

1969 headlight bezel 1

1969-1970 on Left | 1971-1972 on Right (above)

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Tailgate Trim

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It was during these years that General Motors began offering more style to their pickup truck line. Though most still considered a truck as a work vehicle, a growing segment of pickup buyers were being strongly influenced by trim and accessories that even rivaled many automobiles.

For the first time on GM fleetside pickups, decorative trim became available on the tailgate of their middle and upper level models. Even on the basic gate that had no trim, the stamped letters were given a contrasting color. During all of 1967-1972, the middle and more deluxe series gates carried three upper strips making one line running the width of the gate. These three strips were the only tailgate trim offered for 1967-1968. During 1969-1972, an additional horizontal strip (66 3/4′ long) was attached to the lower gate edge but only on the middle series fleetsides.

It was on the top of the line 1969-1972 pickup that Chevrolet went all out in tailgate appearance. On the 1969-70 CST and 1971-1972 Cheyenne, the lower trim strip was replaced with a very attractive wood grained horizontal band at the center. Though it covered the basic Chevrolet and GMC stamped gate letters, the band carried its own chrome die cast letters over the wood (vinyl) decal.

The following photos show both the three styles of trim on the 1967-1972 fleetsides. Note the lower narrow strip is not placed on the gate with the wood band. Tail light rings or bezels are designed to harmonize with the tailgate trim. The 1967-1968 CST light trim is different than the later design.

tailgate trim 1

1969-1972 Middle Series (above)

tailgate trim 2

1969-1972 Cheyenne (above)

tailgate trim 3

1967-1972 Chevrolet (above)

tailgate trim 4

1967-1968 Chevrolet CST (above)

1969-1970 Chevrolet Grilles

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

In recent years, the 1969-1970 Chevrolet non-metal grille insert has been sold as one item. This is not the way they came!

Each of the two years used a grille insert of a different design. The 1970 style is now the one you receive when you order either year. Thus, a pure 1969 insert is becoming very difficult to locate.

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1969 (above)

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1970 (above)

1969 Chevrolet C20

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Owner: Glenn Sexton


1969 chevrolet pick up truck

I recently obtained this 69 C20 as an inheritance. The previous owner bought parts from Jim Carter Classic Truck Parts. It’s all original with a 350 and automatic. I’ll be redoing the interior as soon as I get previous projects complete. This truck still has the sticker in the glove box that describes the options.

Glenn A Sexton DM
Hayden Station

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1969 Chevrolet

Friday, February 1st, 2002

Owner: Danny Curran – St. Louis, MO

1969 chevy pick up truck

I bought my truck from a guy in Illinois. It was halfway done and I completed it. I put the tires and wheels on it, rebuilt the motor and transmission, put all new chrome bumpers on the front and rear and new mirrors. The motor is a 350 Corvette with a 280 Comp cam, Keith Black pistons , and a 750 Carter carburetor. I’ve been working on it about 4-5 years. I just put a disc brake conversion on it too. Also all new bushings, front end parts, and all new rear parts. It has a 400 turbo transmission with a 3000 stall speed converter. Its never ending, all the cool stuff you can do to these trucks. DANNY C. ST. LOUIS MO.

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