After his slammed Chev C1500 was written off by a productive member of society who shouldn’t have been operating a motor vehicle, Anton Curin found himself in need of another workshop hack. Not just any old Hilux would do, though — it had to be big, American, and V8 powered, so, when this ’69 Chev C10 popped up on Trade Me, he knew that it was the one.
Not only was it a shape that he’d always loved, but it was also a solid Californian vehicle with next to no rust and had the original 350 and four-speed box in good running condition. As a qualified mechanic and the proprietor of West Auckland–based workshop Automotive Anarchy Limited, he could have just got it complied and been ready to go, but that easy option was never on the agenda.
An order was placed for a Holley carb, Edelbrock intake, and a Comp Cams shaft, and, while waiting for the parts to arrive, the entire truck was stripped back to bare metal. A small amount of rust in the floorpan was cut out and a replacement panel ordered, and Anton has begun on panel work before it will be blasted in matte black. Once it’s complied, he will look at C-notching the rear and adding drop spindles to slam it further, and there’s the allure of a bigger cube small block — think 383ci — so it’ll have enough go for his heavy right foot.