WESTIE HAULER

NZV8 - - RARE SPARES -

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.

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