LOW BLOW

Don’t Ask Why, Ask Why Not?

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY MIKE SELF PHO­TOS BY BRIAN GOUDE

“JUST BE­CAUSE” IS AS VALID A REA­SON AS ANY TO BUILD A TRUCK. As of­ten as there’s an in­spir­ing or oth­er­wise touch­ing story be­hind a build, it’s also just as com­mon that the truck it­self is the only rea­son needed. When you look at the beautiful, clas­sic lines of a 1960-66 Chevy/gmc, for in­stance, you can’t help but want to dive right in. Case in point: Dave Sch­nei­der’s ’65 Chevy C-10.

The truck was an ebay find about a dozen years ago, and Dave’s sole in­ten­tion was to have a cool daily driver to tool around town in. Things were fine and dandy for a while; that is un­til the en­gine blew one day. It’s a frig­gin’ terrible predica­ment to be in, but, boy, does it open up a bunch of op­tions when you have to pull an en­gine and stare at an empty bay.

A BUILT TURBO 350 KEEPS THINGS SIM­PLE IN THE SHIFT­ING DEPART­MENT, AL­THOUGH WE’RE CU­RI­OUS ABOUT HOW WELL IT’LL HOLD UP OVER TIME, ES­PE­CIALLY WHEN DAVE HITS THE NI­TROUS TRIG­GER.”

This sud­den turn of events meant a lot of down­time, but it gave Dave time to come up with some pretty wild ideas.

All he needed was some space in the garage and plenty of money. The first part came easy; the rest came in time.

Dave or­dered a Scott’s

Hot Rods front sus­pen­sion/ cross-mem­ber kit to update the front end with air ride, so it only made sense to treat the back as well. There were plenty of kits for him to choose from, but in the end, Porter­built won out with its Ex­treme Drop­mem­ber rear setup, which helped put the C-10 flat on its belly, thanks to its included Fire­stone airbags and step notch.

NO RA­DIO FOR DAVE BE­CAUSE HE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO HEAR IT OVER THE SOUND OF THE SU­PER­CHARGER AND CARBS ANY­WAY. OVER­ALL, WE THINK HE’S MADE SOME PRETTY SOLID—IF NOT A LIT­TLE CRAZY—CHOICES FOR HIS TRUCK, BUT THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF DO­ING IT ‘JUST BE­CAUSE.’”

Af­ter all that, though, Dave still hadn’t dealt with the en­gine sit­u­a­tion that caused him to tear the truck apart in the first place. He de­cided to pick up a new 350 crate en­gine and call it a day.

If you’re won­der­ing why the words you just read don’t quite match the pho­tos, there’s a log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion. Yes, Dave just re­placed the old en­gine with an in­ter­nally strength­ened 350 en­gine and a set of stain­less head­ers. The in­duc­tion setup, how­ever, is a whole other story.

While Dave was al­ready go­ing against the grain by stick­ing with a clas­sic Chevy small-block (weird, right?), it’s the Hamp­ton su­per­charger topped by a half-dozen Stromberg 97 carbs

that re­ally stands out. In­clude a de­cent shot of ni­trous ox­ide to squeeze tons more air into the en­gine, and you quickly un­der­stand that Dave’s mighty mouse means busi­ness. In fact, when we first saw Dave’s truck, we won­dered if it was an Aus­tralian burnout that had been trans­planted to U.S. soil.

A built Turbo 350 keeps things sim­ple in the shift­ing depart­ment, al­though we’re cu­ri­ous about how well it’ll hold up over time, es­pe­cially when Dave hits the ni­trous trig­ger. At least he has Wil­wood brakes hid­den be­hind each Colorado Cus­tom Sugar City wheel to slow the truck down af­ter hit­ting Lu­di­crous Speed.

The in­te­rior of Dave’s red Chevy def­i­nitely has some early drag-rac­ing in­flu­ence, which makes sense con­sid­er­ing the gen­eral hot-rodi­ness of the Strombergs and early Gmc-based blower sit­ting di­rectly in front of the cab. The Speedway Mo­tors bomber-style seats, which were made a bit com­fier thanks to pad­ding stitched by The Cus­tom

Stitch­ing Com­pany, re­ally stand out as the cen­ter­piece of the in­te­rior. The rest is pure hot rod as well, with a 14-inch steer­ing wheel, Moon tachome­ter and even a vin­tage-style af­ter­mar­ket turn signal assem­bly mounted on the orig­i­nal steer­ing col­umn.

And guess what? No ra­dio for Dave be­cause he wouldn’t be able to hear it over the sound of the su­per­charger and carbs any­way. Over­all, we think he’s made some pretty solid—if not a lit­tle crazy—choices for his truck, but that’s the beauty of do­ing it “just be­cause.”

ABOVE. A SIN­GLE CARB IS OF­TEN ENOUGH. TWO IS USU­ALLY PLENTY. DAVE LIKES HIS CARBS LIKE WE LIKE OUR DONUTS, A HALFDOZEN AT A TIME. SIX STROMBERG 97S SIT ON TOP OF THE POL­ISHED HAMP­TON ROOTS-STYLE SU­PER­CHARGER, WHICH GETS EVEN MORE AIR VIA NI­TROUS OX­IDE SYS­TEMS’ LAUGH­ING-GAS SETUP.

DAVE LEFT THINGS NICE AND AIRY BE­TWEEN THE BEDSIDES, CHOOS­ING TO SHOW OFF ALL OF THE WORK THAT WENT INTO GET­TING THE TRUCK AS LOW AS IT IS. IT’S EASY TO SPOT THE PORTER­BUILT FRAME AND SUS­PEN­SION COM­PO­NENTS, BUT EVEN MORE OB­VI­OUS ARE THE TWIN NOS BOT­TLES THAT FEED THE BLOWN EN­GINE.

THE BIL­LET SPE­CIAL­TIES FLAT OUT STEER­ING WHEEL IS A PER­FECT MATCH WITH THE DRILLED OUT PED­ALS AND SPEEDWAY MO­TORS SEATS. THE ORIG­I­NAL GAUGE CLUS­TER IS STILL IN PLACE, AL­THOUGH AUX­IL­IARY GAUGES HAVE ALSO BEEN MOUNTED IN THE DASH TO KEEP BET­TER TABS ON THINGS.

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