THE HEART OF THE MID­WEST

Ar­mando Jaramillo’s 1984 Red Dirt C-10

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JON HANSEN PHOTOS BY GRANT COX

HAV­ING GROWN UP IN THE ’80S, AR­MANDO JARAMILLO HAS NEVER LOST HIS TASTE FOR THE CARS OF HIS YOUTH. When he de­cided that he wanted to build an ’80s-era truck, his main goal was to cre­ate some­thing “… my dad and I could en­joy and cruise to have drinks at bars to­gether.” That’s how project Red Dirt got started (named after his long time home, Ok­la­homa City, Ok­la­homa).

After years of plan­ning,

2014 was the year he made his dream build a re­al­ity. Ar­mando got an ’84 Chevro­let C-10 pickup and wasted no time pur­su­ing his vi­sion. It was fully stock and it had plenty of rust and flaws, which is pretty typ­i­cal of most trucks that have lived in the Mid­west for decades. Ar­mando cut no cor­ners, and ev­ery dam­aged part was re­placed with orig­i­nal parts; no replica pieces were in­cluded at all. It was im­por­tant to Ar­mando that he keep this truck as clas­sic and orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble. It’s a pure bred of sorts.

With all of the rust prob­lems sorted, and a freshly in­stalled, cammed-out 483-hp LS3

V-8 (built by To­mas Gar­cia Ve­lazquez, God­dard, Kansas), the truck headed to Jake

AFTER YEARS OF PLAN­NING, 2014 WAS THE YEAR HE MADE HIS DREAM BUILD A RE­AL­ITY. AR­MANDO GOT AN ’84 CHEVRO­LET C-10 PICKUP AND WASTED NO TIME PUR­SU­ING HIS VI­SION.”

McKid­die at Phat Phabz. Also a proud, long time Ok­la­homa res­i­dent, Jake is well known, not only through­out the Mid­west, but na­tion­wide for his fab­ri­ca­tion and chas­sis- and frame-build­ing skills. Know­ing Ar­mando wanted his C-10 to lay frame, Jake built a stel­lar setup. Us­ing parts from Porter­built, AirLift and VIAIR in ad­di­tion to his own Phat-Phabz-cre­ated items, Red Dirt was lit­er­ally lay­ing in the dirt. As if that wasn’t enough, they man­aged to fit 24x9-inch Billet In­tros in the front un­der a pair of per­fectly fit Slosh Tubz with a mas­sive pair of the same Billet In­tros (24x15-inch) in the rear.

When it came down to paint and in­te­rior, one thing was cer­tain: Ar­mando wanted to

GO­ING THE EX­TRA MILE, IKE AC­TU­ALLY AIR­BRUSHED ALL OF THE TRUCK’S TRIM DI­RECTLY ONTO THE BODY TO CRE­ATE A CLEANER, MORE STREAM­LINED AP­PEAR­ANCE.”

keep the same el­e­ments of the time­less C-10 body and throw in some sim­ple newschool flair. Start­ing with the body, painter Ike Ray made sure to keep it clas­sic with a two-tone of cus­tom-mixed red and tan. Go­ing the ex­tra mile, Ike ac­tu­ally air­brushed all of the truck’s trim di­rectly onto the body to cre­ate a cleaner, more stream­lined ap­pear­ance. Car­ry­ing the tan from the ex­te­rior to the in­te­rior, Eli Espinoza of Easy Trim be­gan to cre­ate a C-10 in­te­rior like none other. Us­ing the orig­i­nal bench seat with a new foam kit, Eli wrapped all of the cus­tom door pan­els, dash­board and speaker box in match­ing tan leather. With the perks of a mod­ern stereo, some beau­ti­ful Dakota Digital gauges and a billet steer­ing wheel, Red Dirt was far from be­ing the abused farm truck of its past.

Though he is very happy with the truck as it sits, Ar­mando hopes to have his C-10 body-dropped be­fore its next show, and he has a few other sur­prise plans for the truck’s fu­ture.

BEAUTY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COM­PLI­CATED.

THE EN­GINE BAY IS SO PRIS­TINE YOU COULD EAT OFF OF IT.

RED DIRT LAYS FRAME LIKE IT WAS BORN THAT WAY.

PER­FECTLY FIT PHAT PHABZ SLOSH TUBS AND A RE­LO­CATED BILLET GAS FILLER EN­HANCE THE RED-LINED BED OF AR­MANDO’S C-10.

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