In the old days, you'd find a truck like this 1967 Chevrolet C10
and rush to get a new paint job on it, because, of course, everyone
else had a shiny truck. Today, however, patina is red hot, so when
you find a truck whose look was created by Mother Nature and Father
Time, you preserve it instead, creating an awesome look that hides
some modern tech within.
At some point, this was an orange truck, maybe even Hugger Orange
or whatever they were calling it when they put it on trucks. This
pickup has obviously seen the elements, make no mistake about the
weathering, it's legit. But the sheetmetal underneath remained in
such good condition that instead of stripping and refinishing, they
gave it a coat of satin clear that will preserve that aged look
virtually forever and makes the overall look easy to maintain.
Nothing was improved, restored, or tweaked, they just cleaned it up
and hit it with the clear, and we have to say that if you want
attention, this truck delivers in a way no $10,000 custom paint job
ever could. People will line up to get a closer look at this truck.
All the stainless and chrome trim was likewise left original;
what's the point of restoring that stuff and putting it on top of
that aged paint? It would totally wreck the look. Even the rear
bumper was left rusty and the bed's a little beat up, although the
wood looks pretty good overall.
The interior, however, has received a full makeover, complete with
beautifully stitched black seat covers with orange piping. Matching
carpets and door panels tie it all together, and you'll note that
even inside, the original paint was preserved, not wiped out, so
someone's elbows have rubbed off the paint on the window sills.
Modern Dakota Digital gauges fit into the original panel and
there's a nicely fitted dash pad on top and a great-looking
wood-rimmed wheel to warm things up a bit. For entertainment you
get an AM/FM/iPod stereo in the original radio's slot and there's a
custom panel under the dash for the Air Ride system, complete with
matching gauges. A new aftermarket A/C system has been installed
and works great with modern R134a freon and uses the stock controls
in the dash. A modern tilt steering column has a shifter for the
4-speed automatic transmission, so getting behind the wheel will
feel instantly comfortable if you've driven any recent pickup.
There's modern tech under the hood in the form of a burly 6.0 liter
Vortec V8. Based on the LS1, it's lighter, more powerful, and more
efficient than the usual small block V8 and thanks to the wonders
of fuel injection, it starts instantly, idles smoothly, and makes
prodigious torque at any speed. The color-matched engine cover
makes it look like it was born there, and obviously patina wasn't
the order of the day when the engine bay was going together.
There's fresh orange paint on the custom firewall and inner
fenders, and the rest is all polished. A big aluminum radiator
keeps the LS cool and there's a new power master cylinder for the
brand new front disc brakes. The undercarriage is tidy, again with
some patina but no issues, and the modifications for the air bag
suspension were neatly done to preserve original hardware wherever
possible. The stance is perfect and the rumble through the straight
pipes isn't to be missed. 20-inch Torque Thrust wheels help with
the contrasting look and carry 255/35/20 front and 275/40/20 rear
Toyo performance radials.
This is a fantastic truck that's a bit out of the ordinary but no
less remarkable in its execution. We promise everyone will walk
past all the shiny perfect trucks to get a look at this one. Call