Green Ma­chine

the Eye More Than Meets

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This ’68 Chevy C10 is more than meets the eye

The ’67-to-’72 Chevy C10 has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and one of the most com­mon cus­tom trucks you can build. Orig­i­nally de­signed in 1960, the Chevy pickup was equipped with an in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion, giv­ing peo­ple a more car-like ride in a truck. For the ’68 model, Chevy added side-marker re­flec­tors on the fend­ers, which cer­tainly made the model more no­tice­able. Scott Pierce from Columbiana, Alabama, is no stranger to Chevy C10 trucks, as he’s owned more than 30 of them in his life­time.

As a child, his step­fa­ther worked on trucks and taught him how to care for them. Along with ba­sic me­chan­ics, Scott was taught paint and body­work, which came in handy through­out his life­time. Scott and his wife, Gwen, sold their an­tique Chevy truck and were in the mar­ket for some­thing new and dif­fer­ent. Scott had gone to Biloxi, Mis­sis­sippi, for the Cruisin’ the Coast show and at­tended the an­nual auc­tion held there. “I no­ticed this unique green Chevy C10, and I re­ally liked it,” Scott tells Truckin. “I knew this was my next truck al­most im­me­di­ately.”

The orig­i­nal owner, Rusty Sea­men, pulled no punches on the build when he brought it to Gabe Lopez in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, where—for nine weeks—the en­tire in­te­rior was gut­ted and re­worked, with ev­ery inch be­ing re­done. The stock seats were re­placed with cus­tom Buddy bucket seats cut from foam and wrapped in tan leather; the con­sole also re­ceived the leather-wrapped treat­ment. Other ad­di­tions in­cluded Day­tona Weave car­pet­ing and a tan leather head­liner. The dash­board was painted to match the Fathom Green paint, and Mar­shall gauges were used in the dash­board. An ididtit tilt steer­ing col­umn was in­stalled and painted, and a Bil­let Spe­cial­ties steer­ing wheel was mounted.

Un­der the hood, the 350 was re­done by Scott him­self af­ter he found out the Chevy had a bad rocker arm and valve. A Grif­fin alu­minum ra­di­a­tor with 12-inch twin-elec­tric fans was in­stalled to keep the mo­tor cooler and pro­vide more flow than the steel stock ver­sion. A March Per­for­mance pul­ley and bracket setup was in­stalled on the front of the mo­tor, and a chrome brake booster with a chrome mas­ter cylin­der with a ribbed top was added for a cus­tom look. A pol­ished Edel­brock in­take was added along with a Quick Fuel 750 car­bu­re­tor.

The un­der­side of the clas­sic Chevy is much more in­tri­cate, but not many peo­ple re­ally no­tice. Tubu­lar trail­ing arms were pow­der­coated and a Ride­tech air-ride sys­tem was in­stalled to raise the truck to a hot-rod–style stance while driv­ing. All four cor­ners have Corvette-red calipers and 14-inch drilled and slot­ted ro­tors by Boris at Street Ma­chin­ery. All the brake lines and fuel lines were pol­ished stain­less steel. Ev­ery bolt on the frame is a but­ton­head stain­less Allen socket head.

Scott knew what he wanted the sec­ond he laid eyes on the green C10, and he and his wife made sure every­thing was done cor­rectly and classy to make it stand out among a sea of C10s. With 30 trucks un­der his belt, Scott can fi­nally say he has ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions with his last and fi­nal build.

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