MOD­ERN CLAS­SICS

WHICH TRUCKS WILL BE THE NEW VIN­TAGE?

Street Trucks - - FRONT PAGE - TEXT BY JOHN MATA JR. PHO­TOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

BE­SIDES THE SORE HANDS, BACKACHES AND THROB­BING KNEES THERE ARE UP­SIDES TO STAY­ING TRUE TO THE ALMIGHTY HUS­TLE. There is a cer­tain sat­is­fac­tion that only comes from com­plet­ing a job well done, even if it does re­quire work­ing way past the hour when most oth­ers have called it quits for the day. For the av­er­age guy, th­ese long days may pop up ev­ery now and then, but for some, they are a way of life. Punch­ing the clock for the gain of some greedy cor­po­rate ma­chine isn’t ex­actly ev­ery­one’s drink of choice, though, which can make con­stant over­time toil­ing for one’s own busi­ness a lit­tle eas­ier to en­dure.

I’VE AL­WAYS LOVED C-10 TRUCKS, AND ALL CLAS­SIC TRUCKS, FOR THAT MAT­TER. WHEN MY DAD PRE­SENTED THE IDEA OF BUILD­ING A TRUCK AS A FORM OF AP­PRE­CI­A­TION FOR MY WORK, WE TALKED ABOUT JUST WHAT WE COULD WORK ON, BUT I KNEW IN­STANTLY THAT A SQUAREBODY WOULD BE THE UL­TI­MATE FOR ME.” — BRADLEY MCFARLIN

Bradley Mcfarlin knows the ex­cru­ci­at­ing hard­ships of pulling dou­ble shifts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, but they don’t faze him all too much (well, not any­more). At only 25 years old, Bradley puts in his share of work and then some for his fam­ily’s busi­ness, Se­lect Glass. Even though they don’t see too much wild weather in Peo­ria, Ari­zona, it’s al­ways busy sea­son since they not only fo­cus on auto ap­pli­ca­tions, but also com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial clien­tele as well. “I have worked over­time ev­ery week for sev­eral years, with­out ex­tra pay,” Bradley ad­mits. “I don’t mean that to sound like I am com­plain­ing be­cause I am not at all. I want to show my dad [Brad Sr.] that I am on­board 100% with the com­pany and will gladly go out of my way to help us grow.” For a small busi­ness owner, noth­ing is more valu­able than fam­ily par­tic­i­pa­tion and de­pend­abil­ity, and the ef­forts that Bradley was mak­ing cer­tainly did not go un­no­ticed by up­per man­age­ment.

“I was not ex­pect­ing my dad to re­pay me at all, but I couldn’t

have asked for a bet­ter gift.” You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing just what Brad Sr. hooked his hard­work­ing son up with. Well, you’re look­ing at it. “I’ve al­ways loved C-10 trucks, and all clas­sic trucks, for that mat­ter. When my dad pre­sented the idea of build­ing a truck as a form of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for my work, we talked about just what we could work on, but I knew in­stantly that a square-body would be the ul­ti­mate for me,” Bradley says with pride.

Now be­fore any chat­ter from the peanut gallery starts up, let’s get things straight: This kid has busted his ass so that his pops would take no­tice of his diehard work ethic. At the age when most guys are ditch­ing com­mu­nity col­lege classes and goof­ing around all day, Bradley puts in hours that would make a lot of grown men cry. “A lot of peo­ple might think this is kind of cheat­ing or just be­ing spoiled, but my dad thought that it would be cool for us to build a truck to­gether, and the ex­pe­ri­ence it­self was re­ally the best part of this gift.”

For­tu­nately for Bradley, this build wasn’t his dad’s first rodeo. In the past, he had put to­gether some pretty right­eous cus­tom ve­hi­cles of his own. Un­for­tu­nately for Bradley, he was too young to get a chance to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate them, let alone drive any. “My dad would al­ways sell his cars when he was done with them. I wish he had kept a cou­ple of them,” Bradley says. “He’s been into trucks though for a long time. He is pretty big into off-road Baja-style rac­ing. Ac­tu­ally, most of his ex­pe­ri­ence is in off-road type ve­hi­cles,

and he didn’t ex­actly know how to build the square-body the way I en­vi­sioned it when we first started.” Luck­ily for the guys, Jeremy Rice of Tre 5 Cus­toms hap­pened to be in Brad Sr.’s con­tact list. It’s funny how things work out. Jeremy had done some work for Brad Sr. on a

’65 Cadil­lac for a fel­low Se­lect Glass em­ployee that made it all the way to the bright lights of the 2016 SEMA Show. This re­ally does sounds like a great com­pany to work for, right? The ben­e­fits are amaz­ing!

With Jeremy now in the loop, the guys were a bit more op­ti­mistic about the whole thing. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions some­times snow­ball quickly, and the es­ca­la­tion of an en­tire phase of the project can sky­rocket into gal­ax­ies beyond at the speed of light. It might go with­out say­ing, but the bill for cir­cum­stances such as th­ese can grow large, but the re­sult­ing project ve­hi­cle usu­ally ben­e­fits sig­nif­i­cantly with the ad­di­tional re­sources (they should, any­way).

As de­vout cus­tom truck fans, you must have come across Jeremy Rice’s name, or at least the name of his Tre 5 Cus­toms out­fit. And if you are fa­mil­iar with one or both names, then you know noth­ing with their sig­na­tures is bor­ing. The Brads rec­og­nized this fact while they watched the magic un­fold be­fore their eyes. Right from the start, the truck was slated for a full one-off

OB­VI­OUSLY, THERE IS FAR MORE TO THIS TRUCK THAN JUST THE BUL­LET­PROOF DE­SIGN OF ITS CHAS­SIS, ES­PE­CIALLY IN THE GO-FAST DE­PART­MENT.”

Tre 5 chas­sis com­plete with the best arsenal in the game to get it on the ground. A Porter­built Drop­mem­ber and lower arms (along with one-off up­pers by All Amer­i­can Bil­let as de­signed by Jeremy) play a huge role in set­ting the front end down, while Tre

5’s own 3-link sys­tem, com­plete with bil­let lower trail­ing arms and fab­ri­cated up­per wish­bone, not only dump the rear down, but also keep the truck happy while driv­ing highway speeds. Of course, to help suc­cess­fully or­ches­trate the func­tion­al­ity of the pre­mium sus­pen­sion setup, a boat­load of equally top-end ac­ces­sories such as VIAIR’S lat­est Gen 2 480C com­pres­sors, Slam Spe­cial­ties ’bags, Fox shocks, Currie rearend and so much more were also in­cluded on the parts list.

Ob­vi­ously, there is far more to this truck than just the bul­let­proof de­sign of its chas­sis, es­pe­cially in the go-fast de­part­ment. We haven’t been given a per­sonal con­fes­sion from ei­ther of the Brads on just how fast the truck has been pushed on the streets, there’s no ques­tion the heav­ily ac­ces­sorized LS7 is ca­pable of rack­ing up its weight in speed­ing tick­ets. The av­er­age on­looker may not sus­pect that a truck that sits so low and looks so clean is ca­pable of break­ing traf­fic laws with such ease, but maybe that was part of its de­sign. Any ve­hi­cle sit­ting on su­per slick 22-inch Amer­i­can Rac­ing wheels, count­less hours of body­work and at­ten­tion paid to even the most mi­nus­cule de­tails prob­a­bly shouldn’t be pro­pelled at sui­ci­dal speeds, but who are we to pass judg­ment? The de­tails men­tioned, how­ever, come in the form of a flush-fit­ting wind­shield and back glass, a one-off sheet metal front bumper, a smooth roll pan/tail­gate combo from Grant Kus­toms, a mod­i­fied fac­tory front grille, re­lo­cated pop-up gas filler, com­pletely cus­tom bedsides and floor, an in­sanely clean color job from Ikandy Paint­works, and have you even seen the in­te­rior? This truck has it all, ev­ery square inch of it. It re­ally is a mas­ter­piece.

It is fit­ting that the re­ward for Brad Jr.’s hard work is a gift that rep­re­sents even more hard work—in its most pre­sentable form. The truck is not only a highly de­sir­able ob­ject, but a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for its own­ers, cre­ators and fans alike. Count­less hours of over­time never looked so good.

TMI PROD­UCTS’ BUCKET SEATS AND FAUX LEATHER AND SUEDE UP­HOL­STERY MAKE FOR A COM­FORT­ABLE AND AT­TRAC­TIVE SEAT­ING AR­RANGE­MENT.

THE USE OF A 3/8-INCH GLASS IN­SERT IN THE BED FLOOR AL­LOWS ON­LOOK­ERS A GLIMPSE OF THE DE­TAIL THAT WENT INTO THE IN­NER WORK­INGS OF THE C-10’S RE­DESIGN.

THE C-10’S ENGINE COM­PART­MENT IS A MULTI-COURSE FEAST FOR THE EYES. FROM THE PER­FECTLY AC­CES­SORIZED LS7 TO THE AT­TEN­TION PAID TO THE FI­NESSE OF FORM AND FIT­MENT, THERE’S JUST SO MUCH TO CAP­TI­VATE A WAN­DER­ING EYE.

A SMALL PER­CENT­AGE OF BUILDS ARE WOR­THY OF THE CHAS­SIS SHOT, BUT THIS C-10 IS DE­SERV­ING OF THE PHOTO-OP OF A LIFE­TIME.

A FULL IM­AGE DY­NAM­ICS AU­DIO SYS­TEM PRO­VIDES THE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS. THE COM­PANY’S 12-INCH SUB­WOOFER IS ON DIS­PLAY FRONT AND CEN­TER IN THE CON­SOLE.

THE COM­BI­NA­TION OF POL­ISHED AND POW­DER-COATED FIN­ISHES FEA­TURED ON THE AMER­I­CAN RAC­ING WHEELS GIVES THEM A DEPTH THAT WORKS WELL WITH THE TRUCK’S EX­TE­RIOR.

TMI PROD­UCTS’ HEAD­LINER KIT ADDS A NICE FIN­ISH­ING TOUCH TO THE ROOF OF THE CAB.

THE EL­E­VATED DE­SIGN TEAM CRE­ATED A WEL­COM­ING IN­TE­RIOR SPACE THAT SUITS THE MOD­ERN­IZA­TION OF THE TRUCK’S LOOK AND OVER­ALL FEEL.

DAKOTA DIG­I­TAL HDX GAUGES MOD­ERN­IZE THE CHEVY’S CAB VISU­ALLY WITH ADDED FUNC­TION THROWN IN FOR A WEL­COME AD­DI­TION TO THE DASH.

ABOVE. THE ABIL­ITY TO STEALTHILY STASH SWITCHES IN THE ASH­TRAY IS REA­SON ENOUGH TO QUIT SMOK­ING.

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