Here at Steele we’re enthusiasts too so we LOVE to see our customers cars, trucks and hot rods and to hear the stories behind them. Trust me when I say, nothing gathers a crowd quicker around here than something awesome pulling into the parking spaces in front of the parts counter (if we can hear it coming, the crowd’s even bigger!).
We specialize in direct replacement rubber parts and weatherstripping for American Classics so we were the perfect place for Kyle Pezold of Litchfield, Il to purchase parts for his 1979 Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale truck.
Here’s some more about this awesome truck from the owner himself:
Tell us a little bit about the history behind this truck. The truck was bought by my grandpa in 1987 for use on the farm. It was treated like a farm truck. I bought the truck in 2012 from him after it was parked around 10 years or so. I started restoring the truck in January 2018.
What mechanical work, upgrades and customization have been done to it? First thing I replaced was the alternator to the truck added some fresh gas and the carburetor primed up and idled just as good as it should. I converted the truck over to a 4-speed manual and 205 transfer case. Had a lot of help from my dad on the project. The cab needed floor pans, rockers and cab corners. All sheet metal was replaced with good rust-free panels. It has a mild built 355 small block in it now. 16×8 steel wheels on 285/75r16 Cooper tires and fit the era of truck.
What are your favorite features of the vehicle? My favorite feature of the truck is the color with the white steel wheels I went with. The brown and tan was always my favorite paint scheme which is the original color for the truck.
What parts do you have on your truck from Steele? I used all Steele rubber products when restoring the rubber on the truck. Replaced the front and rear windshield rubbers, door weather strip, door felts, and rebuilt the vent windows. Was very happy with the fit and finish of the products.
What are your future plans with it? Future plans for the truck will include a modern 5 speed nv4500 and might swap a LS in it at some point. The truck is all finished besides the interior which I saved for last. Plan to have the truck on the road in a few months when the weather turns nice.
What’s your favorite part about the restoration hobby? The best part about restoring a vehicle is the final product. It makes all the late nights and evenings spent working on it worth it.
Special thanks to Kyle for sharing this information and his truck with us- Kyle and his Dad did much of the work themselves and it looks great!
Do you have a classic car, truck or hot rod with Steele Rubber Products on it? If so, yours could be the next vehicle featured on our Blog! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message from our website and we’ll get you more details.
Steele not only has all the products you need but all the knowledge you need to get the job done right, too. If you have questions about Rubber Parts or Weatherstripping on your Classic Car, Truck, Hot Rod or even your boat, trailer or RV, feel free to reach out to us! You can call us at 800-650-4482, contact us through our website or comment on this post and we’ll get you answers as quickly as possible. Check out our YouTube channel for our full library of how-to/installation videos.
Raeia is the marketing coordinator at Steele Rubber Products and has a passion for cars and content marketing. She doesn’t have a favorite ride, but loves things that are beautiful, fast and loud!