Vintage Car and Truck Restoration and Repair Services in St Petersburg, FL

Category: auto restoration

1965 Chevy P10 Step Van Restoration

We love working on unique projects and this is one we just couldn’t resist.  It’s a rare 1965 P10 Step Van.  We’re not sure how many of these vans were made but they are incredibly hard to find these days.  It’s possible they were just beat to death in commercial service and very few survived.  A local couple  found this one at a dealer in Texas and had it shipped to St. Pete.  Their plan is to use it for promoting their restaurants.   The dealer in Texas had done the difficult body work and it did run to a certain extent when it came to the shop.

Here are some pictures of the van as it was delivered to us.

P-10 Step Van restoration

P-10 Step Van as delivered

Step Van side window

It had a side window already added








P-10 Step Van dashboard

Original P-10 Step Van dash

Step van restoration

Step van interior before restoration








This is another instance where we’re  behind on our posts.  We’ve had the P10 for a couple of months now  and we have almost finished it.  It has been upgraded in every area and has been on the streets of St. Pete.  We’re wrapping up some of the final restoration items now and will be posting the completed restoration photos soon.

Thinking about starting your first restoration project?

You’ve been batting around the idea of restoring a classic car for a while and now the time is right.  You’ve never done this before but know some people who have.  You’ve heard some real horror stories and wonder if they’re true. How do you get this process started?

It usually starts with a vehicle that has some significance in your life.  Maybe it was a first car that you wish you kept.  Maybe it’s a first car you did keep but it’s been on blocks in a relative’s garage for a few decades. Maybe it’s the incredibly cool muscle car that you always wish you owned.  Whatever the inspiration, you now feel the need to do it. Good for you!

I’m going to go over some basics that should get you on the right track.  Some of this may sound a little discouraging or scary at first but it’s important that you go into this adventure well informed and with your eyes open.  Spoiler alert-the real world car restoration process is nothing like what you see on the TV shows.  There will be ups and downs along the way, but with thoughtful planning and realistic expectations it can truly be a fun and rewarding process.



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