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.”