Fam­ily (Bow) Ties

A ’72 Chevy C10 pow­ered by a close friend & mem­o­ries


There are lots of rea­sons to cre­ate a cus­tom truck, but a strong con­nec­tion to fam­ily and friends is prob­a­bly one of the best. Teddy Mueller had a spe­cial in­cen­tive when he cre­ated his lat­est ride. The owner and builder of this ’72 Chevy Pro Street, Teddy lives in Sum­merville, South Carolina, and works as a qual­ity as­sur­ance spe­cial­ist for Boe­ing. He is also an avid au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­ast, hav­ing per­son­al­ized more than 50 ve­hi­cles over the years, with six dif­fer­ent Bow Tie mod­els cur­rently in his collection. His avi­a­tion qual­ity con­trol back­ground was an ad­van­tage, adding an­other level of ex­cel­lence to his projects. He is a fan of the ’67-to-’72 Chevro­let body style, and when he found this truck in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2002, it was in fairly de­cent shape and in primer. He bought it on the spot. Cus­tomiz­ing was ac­com­plished in phases, with the first re­sult­ing in a green paintjob with blue flames and a small block. He drove it that way for sev­eral years un­til a fam­ily sit­u­a­tion changed every­thing.

His brother-in-law, Jim Car­roll, was an avid car guy run­ning a high­per­for­mance mo­tor in a drag car, but Jim al­ways wanted the mo­tor to even­tu­ally wind up in a car he could drive on the street. He was able to make the swap, but un­for­tu­nately he only man­aged to drive the car twice be­fore can­cer took its toll. When he passed away, Teddy’s sis­ter Teena Car­roll gave Teddy the mo­tor, know­ing it would find a good home. Clearly, the 468 big-block Chevy had ma­jor sig­nif­i­cance and set the tone for the next phase of this truck, tran­si­tion­ing it from a ca­sual cruiser to a pro street screamer. Loaded with de­tails, the en­gine in­ter­nals in­clude an Ea­gle steel crank, H-beam rods, and JE pis­tons. A Comp Cams roller cam ac­ti­vates the valves in the GM Per­for­mance heads while the air/fuel mix be­gins with a pair of 600-cfm Quick Fuel car­bu­re­tors sit­ting on a pol­ished Weiand tun­nel ram 2x4 man­i­fold. Men­ac­ing skulls peer through the Shot­gun scoop, air­brushed by Steve Owens. MSD ig­ni­tion lights the in­ter­nal fires and San­der­son shorty head­ers feed a pair of Flow­mas­ter muf­flers. Teddy chose a March pul­ley sys­tem to ac­ti­vate the pol­ished ac­ces­sories along with a Be Cool ra­di­a­tor and fan to keep tem­per­a­tures in the green. The com­bi­na­tion pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately 600 hp at 5,000 rpm. In ad­di­tion to its power, the en­gine is a show­piece, be­gin­ning with the block, which sports a unique two-tone paintjob. Care­ful de­tails in the en­gine room, like the Ring­broth­ers cus­tom hood hinges, add to the look. Mul­ti­ply­ing the power is the built TCI 700R4 over­drive trans with a 2,500-rpm stall speed. Sus­pen­sion up­grades were im­por­tant to en­sure the truck could deal with both the power and weight of the new en­gine. “I wanted it as low as pos­si­ble, and the coilover ad­justable shocks give it a won­der­ful ride,” Teddy points out. Work­ing with like-minded guys is of­ten the best part of any build, and Ted’s good friend Carl Still helped in the tran­si­tion, be­gin­ning with boxing the fram­erails and back-halv­ing the frame. Sus­pen­sion im­prove­ments be­gan with Corvette A-arms and Mus­tang rack and pin­ion steer­ing. The four-link rear holds a nar­rowed Ford 9 with a 4.11, posi­trac­tion, and Moser axles, strong enough to han­dle the out­put from the po­tent 468. Wil­wood four-pis­ton caliper disc brakes on all four cor­ners are ef­fec­tive at halt­ing the pro­ceed­ings. The truck rolls on Chip Foose Knuckle rims (18x7 up front and 20x15 in the rear) fea­tur­ing a pol­ished lip and brushed cen­ter. Mickey Thomp­son ra­di­als get the power to the ground, with the Wil­wood calipers peer­ing through the spokes.

Carl also fab­ri­cated all the cus­tom sheet­metal work, cre­at­ing the ra­di­a­tor core sup­port and unique in­ner fen­der pan­els un­der the hood. His artis­tic tal­ents are also found in the bed, with the huge rear tubs and the bridge that pro­vides ad­di­tional clear­ance over the axle. The gas tank was re­lo­cated be­tween the rear fram­erails with the fuel filler in the bed floor. Show­ing an­other level of de­tail, the re­in­force­ment lines in the metal pan­els were lined up with the con­tours al­ready in the ex­ist­ing Chevro­let bed and in­ner fend­ers. Out­side mods were kept sub­tle since the lines of the truck were what at­tracted Teddy in the first place. The Chevy uses Mar­quez De­sign white side marker lights, LED rear tail­lights, and LED head­lights with mul­ti­col­ored rings. The Chevro­let logo was elim­i­nated from the tail­gate, and door han­dles are GSI bil­let alu­minum, brushed to match the wheel cen­ter­sec­tions. The doors were mod­ern­ized with sin­gle-pane side glass from One Piece Prod­ucts. Once the body­work was com­plete, Kevin Blan­chard from Can­ton­ment, Florida, sprayed the retina-sear­ing Syn­ergy Green paint. Mov­ing in­side, the dash sports a com­plete set of Auto Meter Sport-Comp gauges along with an ididit tilt col­umn and Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheel. The glove­box be­came the per­fect spot for the MSD elec­tronic ig­ni­tion mod­ule. Teddy found a set of seats from an ’11 Mini Cooper, which were just the right size to fit be­low the win­dow line once the head­rests were re­moved. Terry at Gulf Coast Up­hol­stery in Pascagoula, Mis­sis­sippi, did the stitch­work. Nes­tled be­tween the seats and loaded with de­tail, the cen­ter con­sole holds the Vin­tage Air con­trols, B&M shifter, fire bot­tle, and pair of 6-inch Pioneer com­po­nents. The Pioneer Mix­trax head unit en­er­gizes a to­tal of five 6-inch com­po­nents, be­gin­ning with the pair be­tween the seats, one in each kick panel, and one un­der the dash. The so­phis­ti­cated sound sys­tem is a sur­prise in such a high-per­for­mance truck, although mo­tor mu­sic gen­er­ally seems to trump the stereo. How is the truck to live with? It took a year and a half to com­plete, and Teddy is now en­joy­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get be­hind the wheel, join­ing with club mem­bers from both the Low Coun­try Mus­cle Car Club and the Up­state South Carolina GM Truck Club. “Now that it’s done, it’s time to have fun with the truck— and I do, ev­ery chance I get.”


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