What a Difference A Day Makes

LMC Truck Adds Some Much-Needed Shine to a '67 Chevy

Jeremy Cook Jun 22, 2005 0 Comment(s)

Sometimes, it's the simplest things that make all the difference in the world. Take for example, our resident red '67 Chevy longbed. When we're not performing some sort of installation for the magazine; the truck usually just sits backed into a corner of our magazine group's warehouse. After walking past the truck every day and staring at the bent and faded red trim that resides up front, we decided that we should do something about it.

LMC Truck has an entire catalog devoted specifically to '67-72 Chevrolet trucks and Blazers and is packed with just about everything you need to restore one of these trucks. They were the perfect place to order what we needed for the '67, which included the grille and headlight bezels, the front and side Bow Tie emblems, the Chevrolet letters for the hood, and the front turn-signal lenses. The truck already received new bumpers in the not-too-distant past, so we held off on the triple chrome units that LMC offers. We placed our order and the parts arrived quickly, so we hit up Installation Jason in the Primedia Tech Center to give us a hand with the install. In just a few hours and a little elbow grease, the '67 looked 100 times better. Stay tuned for more do-it-yourself installs on the red '67. This truck is coming along so nicely; we may even need to hit a few shows with it in the coming months.

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When we decided it was time to clean up the front end of the '67, we simply picked up an LMC truck catalog for '67-72 trucks and went to town. In just a few minutes we ordered all of the trim from the firewall forward. All of the clips, nuts, and screws were provided as well.

We started on the hood by removing the Chevrolet letters. Each letter has a nut that is accessible from a hole in the inner sheetmetal.

Next, the grille emblem was relieved of duty by removing the two nuts from behind the back of the grille.

We then removed the two headlight bezels and turn signals.

The grille trim was held on by studded clips that bolted to the grille. There are 28 of them if you're counting. Jason then moved on to the fender side emblems, by far the hardest part of the job. Jason dropped down the back of the inner fender and removed the lower fender bolts just to slide his hand in there.

Before installing the new parts, we polished up the bumper and what was left of the red paint up front.

With everything cleaned up, we once again started on the hood by installing the new chrome letters.

Jason installed the 28 clips into the new grille trim one at a time.

He then checked each of their positions against the holes so the trim would slide into place without any issues. Once each piece of trim was set in place, Jason installed the new nuts from behind.

The new side emblems were attached next and secured from behind before buttoning up the inner fender. Chrome and paint on the new emblem certainly looks better than the pits and oxidation on the old one.

We mounted the Bow Tie for the center of the grille next. A lot of people leave it off, but we liked it better than the big blue spot in the center of the grille.

The headlight bezels were a perfect fit and screwed right into place.

Lastly, we reused the special shoulder bolts and seals for the turn-signal lenses and mounted them up.

Like we said, what a difference a day makes! Anyone running around with bent, painted, or rusty front trim should take notice. This truck was literally transformed from zero to hero in a matter of a few hours.

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