25 Years Young

Street Trucks - - TECH -

JAMES DIXON HAS OWNED THIS ’81 CHEVRO­LET SILVERADO C-10 FOR 25 YEARS, AND IN THAT TIME, HE HAS ES­SEN­TIALLY TAKEN THE TRUCK APART AND PUT IT BACK TO­GETHER AGAIN. Pur­chased in South Carolina and driven home us­ing 6 quarts of oil, this C-10 has more than kept James busy as he’s worked on mak­ing the build what it is to­day.

At its heart a 400-ci en­gine dishes out 350 hp, more than meet­ing James’ needs. An over­drive trans­mis­sion and 3.70 posi rearend keep the wheels of this C-10 turn­ing where rub­ber meets road. On the ex­te­rior, new doors and fend­ers have been taken from a rust-free ’81 Silverado; new bumpers and grille come from LMC; new BF Goodrich TA all-ter­rain tires and Cra­gar pol­ished-alu­minum wheels have also been added, breath­ing new life into this ’81. Bob’s Paint and Body out of Akron, Ohio, re­painted the Silverado to show its classic style with­out the wear of years. The in­te­rior is all new and was com­pleted by a lo­cal cus­tom shop in Penn­syl­va­nia. The blue up­hol­stery, sid­ing and car­pets match the C-10’s new ex­te­rior to the point of pride. Power win­dows, new locks, tinted win­dows, AC and cruise con­trol have also been in­stalled.

Though James has in­vested 25 years in this C-10, he con­sid­ers the build a work in progress and is al­ways keep­ing an eye out for ways to im­prove this al­ready ad­mirable truck. Driv­ing his C-10 in fair weather is one of the things James most looks for­ward to dur­ing the year.

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