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Customs Went off the deep end on a '63 c-10

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by praisethelowered, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. praisethelowered
    Joined: Aug 14, 2003
    Posts: 1,103


    My work truck wore out so I took a short break from my 35 olds project to build a daily driver C10. I thought I would just pick up a decent beater and clean it up a bit, bag it and focus on mechanicals for a month or two and then just drive it- Instead I found a really badly put together truck with really nice paint for a good price. It had horrible wiring (masking tape connections?), bad brakes, goofy stance, hacked up frame, exhaust made out of flex pipe, kmart wheels, engine swap gone totally wrong, shitty pep boys accessories, that clunky B&M rachet shifter that is in every truck I have ever bought, a fast and furious steering wheel, etc. . .but this amazing dark green paint.

    I thought I could just do a bunch of weekend projects and end up with a nice enough truck but one thing led to another and here I am 7 months later with this-

    Sectioned front crossmember up 2”, cupped lower arms and installed bags, pie cut upper arms, lowering spindles, all new bushings, moved crossmember forward 1”, rackandpinion on custom brackets, custom motor mounts, moved engine forward 3 inches and up 2, restored van tilt steering column, 63 impala wheel, steel wheels, disk brakes, master cylinder, new plumbing, new wiring routed through conduit, filled and smoothed firewall, custom trans mount and crossmember, sectioned and flipped rear crossmember, lengthend to move rear wheels back 1.25, dual 3 gallon tanks and compressors, manual air valves, mustang gas tank under bed, "S'd rear frame up 7", custom bag mounts, custom panhard bar, raised rear bed framing and rear sill, cleaned and detailed engine, holley carb, distributer, rams horns, intake with hidden pcv, 700r4 trans, custom exhaust (check where the tips exit), new drive shaft

    Trucks are fun, you’re never going to win the ridler award, they still are awesome even a little beat up, they look completely transformed when dropped, my 8 year old loves it, etc. At this point I am also just glad to have a car of any kind – I shared my wifes for the last few months and it was getting ridiculous.

    still to do- I am making a gauge panel, installing a widened mustang split bench seat, rubber mat floor, stereo, painting interior and dash, some new glass, oak bed, tubbing front inner fenders for that last 2" of drop . . . but all of that can wait for a while. It’s time to just drive and enjoy and get back to the olds.

    I didn’t take any progress photos and wasn’t going to post this one at all, but I am pretty happy with it and wanted to share. More pictures once I wash it. IMG_0075small.jpg IMG_0079-small.jpg IMG_0081small.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2014
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  2. DAMM!:cool:
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  3. This thread needs a "before" picture.
    Joined: May 6, 2012
    Posts: 325

    Very nice look . Awesome truck

  5. Can never go wrong with a nice C10 Chevy.... looks great.
  6. jbon64
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
    Posts: 484


    digg'in the tail pipe treatment
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  7. jack_pine
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 352

    from Motor City

    Part of me does not want to see the "before" pic. I take your word for it. Nice work.

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  8. wow! pimptastic! I also dig the pipes treatment
  9. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,516

    from Owasso, OK

    Wow! That color is dynamite.
  10. That's sorta what I said - DAAAAAMMM!!!!!

    Love the tail pipes sneeking out the back and such...
  11. dixiedog
    Joined: Mar 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,204


    That rocks - whats the specs on the wheels and tires? Want to use them for my 65 burb
  12. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,932


    F'n badass!!!!!! Nice work...
  13. skin_dog1
    Joined: Jun 26, 2014
    Posts: 21


    I'm not a fan of '60's chevy trucks but gotta say I love this one! Gorgeous!

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  14. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,701

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - yep, soon as you touch one part just about everything has to be changed too
  15. praisethelowered
    Joined: Aug 14, 2003
    Posts: 1,103


    Thanks all. I think we all get sucked into longer projects and lose track of the idea that they can actually get done. Getting this one on the road makes me remember that at some point my 10 year project is not just a big sculpture and needs to get on the road.

    C10's a re a whole world . . . there are a lot of guys who have figured out how to chop a littlle here and there out of the frames to make them drop and drive better. There are also a lot of aftermarket suspension and crossmembers to buy and make it easier but I am too dumb for that and like to cut up what I have. I did things a little different with the z'd (or actually s'd) rear frame. But most of the other stuff is received wisdom from other peoples trial and error.

    Wheels are vintiques smoothies IMG_0083small.jpg 6x15 and 7x15 with rim rings and 49(?) checvy caps - painted where they are usually chrome. The color of the photos is off a bit. The light metallic green is 60's Ford ivy gold. I saw a super clean survivor mustang in factory dark green with a metallic ivy gold interior sit for sale for a year once because it was a color combination that was so era perfect for mid '60's that current tastes couldn't handle it. I plan on keping this a long time so I thought maybe I should copy that idea on purpose.

    It's the opposite of "re-sale red". Maybe "take it to your grave" metallic puke green.
  16. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,905


    OMG!!! Love that thing... 100% Gorgeous!!!
  17. CoolHand
    Joined: Aug 31, 2007
    Posts: 1,928

    Alliance Vendor

    Beautiful truck man.

    Nailed it, hard. :D
  18. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 958


    Very nice,well done.
  19. Xtrom
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 1,022

    from Forman, ND

    Joined: Sep 11, 2007
    Posts: 997


    Very nice job, Love the color combo and the attention to detail. I always wanted to remove the factory tailgate chains but could never figure out a better solution. I used clear plastic tubing covering the chain with a piece of black velcrow wrapped around to keep the chain from scaring the nice paint(it looked O.K.). Thanks for posting pictures of your truck, I should have never sold my 64. Gary
  21. sir
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 467


    I have a C-10 pretty close to yours....nice truck!

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  22. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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  23. praisethelowered
    Joined: Aug 14, 2003
    Posts: 1,103


    yes you do! I like your factory trim . . . maybe someday. If I was starting from scratch I would probably get rid of the tailgate chains - but it was already painted.
    I have to try and get rid of the paint in the chevrolet letters- I am not sure how to do it without screwing up the green paint.
  24. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,464


    The exhaust routing is killer.
  25. sir
    Joined: Oct 8, 2005
    Posts: 467


    without chains....

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  26. D-man313
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,162


  27. Nice job, how about some pics of the suspension work?
  28. VNTGE41
    Joined: Mar 4, 2007
    Posts: 739

    from l.a.

    Damn that's a sweet truck! I live c10s
  29. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,728

    Atwater Mike

    I tell the young guys around here..."Can't find a project? Did you see that C10 Chevy pickup for sale?"
    Usual answer: "Naw, I want a roadster, or a '36..."
    My recommendation: "Buy that Chev pickup, clean it up, wheels...engine, pipes...paint. A guy NEEDS a nice truck."

    Didn't fly with my ex wife. Bought my '55 F100, she bitched, I said "Jam..." and she did.
    Got my F100 running, moved into my shop, married a beautiful young customer, and she helped me detail the new truck, and we lived happily ever after.

    I repeat: "A guy NEEDS a nice truck." <Praise the Lowered. This is miles beyond 'nice'.>

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