Herbie the Wonder Truck
Herbie was born in the June timeframe of 1970 in Freemont California. He was shipped to Las Vegas New Mexico where he lived as a farm Truck for 26 years. In 1994 Herbie was restored for the first time. A complete frame off restoration was done at this time and was a daily driver for another 3 years. In 1997 Herbie was sold to a Local Albuquerque Roofing company as a parts chaser and Company Truck. Herbie took a little beating and was a victim of neglect during his stint as a Company Truck. His function was good as a work truck because from the factory, He had a 307 Engine and a 4 speed transmission with a granny gear along with a 373 gear set. Along with the tuff truck features were a set of rare leaf springs which were a very uncommon factory option for a Short bed Chevy. The truck was sold again to a Short bed Chevy enthusiast who let Herbie sit in his back yard for about a year and did nothing to him except drive him once a month to keep him healthy. Then Herbie was acquired in March 2000 by ’67-’72 Restoration Specialist Jim Shinn. For the next 4 years Herbie was taken down piece by piece to bare metal and brought back to life as a show truck/driver. The rust areas in the cab were all replaced with new metal. The entire frame was hand sanded down to bare metal and repainted. The front cross member was removed and powder coated. The Pro Street look was attained by adding competition Engineering 43” Truck wheel wells, lowering the truck 4” in the front using Chevy Performance products 3” Drop spindles and 1” lowering springs. In the rear Custom Leaf spring were fabricated and installed to provide a 5” drop. The Battery was relocated a placed along the rear frame rails. The Fuel tank was replaced by a Triangle Engineering 20 Gallon unit set between the tubs in the bed. All new sheet metal for the front fenders, rocker panels, kick panels and tailgate were provided by GMC Paul’s. The hood is a 4” Harwood Cowl Induction Show Finish unit. The finish parts including door handles, clear lenses, bumpers and license plate assemblies were also from GMC Paul’s. The complete front brake system was replaced with new rotors, calipers, Stainless lines and a billet metering block all from Chevrolet Performance Products. The rear end had a new set of 373 gears already in it and was freshened up with all new hardware, lines and brake components including new drums. Stage two of the restoration was going to be a complete back halving of Herbie with a new Ford 9” rear and a 4 link suspension. The Engine is a 4 bolt main GM crate motor filled with Comp Cams goodies with an Edelbrock RPM intake along with a Holly 670 Street Avenger Carburetor and MSD HEI Ignition All producing 350 Dyno Proven Horsepower. Fuel is delivered by a Mallory 140 pump through Aeroquip lines to a Aeromotive Regulator. The TH350 Transmission which was built to withstand the horsepower and abuse included all Transmission Specialties Products including a 2800 RPM torque converter and shift kit. The cabling was provided by Lokar. The Drive shaft is a custom made Denny’s 1 piece unit. The wheels are Timeless 5s from Boyd Coddington and the Tires are from KumHo. The rolling running unit was again disassembled and each piece was painted Chevrolet Hugger Orange and then reassembled. Herbie was completed in record time by owner Butch and his team of professionals for an upcoming Car and Truck show in Wisconsin where Herbie won three trophies including Best of Show and Best Engineered.
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