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This ’69 Chevro­let C-10 serves as a daily driver to John Szwarc from Utah and claims the ti­tle of a one-of-a-kind en­gine in a clean build. The truck came with a man­ual trans­mis­sion, a straight-six en­gine and not much else. What stands to­day, how­ever, is a feat of in­spi­ra­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion. John found parts at wreck­ing yards and in cat­a­logs and as­sem­bled ev­ery­thing him­self. Orig­i­nally with­out a mo­tor, lights, glass, in­te­rior, hood hinges, door han­dles, grille, bumper and more, this Chevy has been built from the bot­tom up.

A ma­jor fea­ture of this build is the Chevy big-block V-8 454 en­gine mounted in the bed with a turbo 350 cou­pled to an Ace Cham­pion V-drive in the rear. John had the C-10 for about seven years be­fore the idea for this mod came to life. He’d sourced a V-drive for a drag boat, which sparked the idea that man­i­fested in this cus­tom setup.

The mo­tor was an­other wreck­ing yard find, and John quickly got to work re­build­ing it. Chrome and alu­minum were added to the en­gine, which fea­tures a 1973 oval port, 11:1 pis­tons, COMP Cams Big Mutha Thumpr cam, Hol­ley 800 Dou­ble Pumper car­bu­re­tor, Edel­brock man­i­fold and high­out­put HEI dis­trib­u­tor with head­ers.

John short­ened the drive­shaft to 13 inches, and the rearend pin­ion faces to­ward the rear of the truck as a cre­ative al­ter­na­tive to con­nect­ing the parts of this build. This up­side-down dif­fer­en­tial may seem a lit­tle crazy, but vig­i­lant up­keep with fluid lev­els and main­tain­ing watch over the pin­ion bear­ing leaves this C-10 in good straits. All throt­tle and shift link­age has been re­designed to ac­com­mo­date the un­usual setup, re­sult­ing in a per­for­mance rig that stands out from the crowd. From fab­ri­cated mounts to the cal­cu­lated con­nec­tions that keep the Chevy alive, no piece was over­looked.

The radiator has re­mained in the front and dual elec­tric fans help cool the mo­tor. With 1-inch tubes and quar­ter-threaded pipe, John con­tin­ues to prove this unique setup works.

Cur­rently call­ing it “Utah’s only street-le­gal wheelie truck,” John is right to be proud of his clean cus­tom.

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