This 1976 Chevrolet C10 454 Restomod pickup is the direct result of
someone taking an early 'Square Body' and turning it up to '11'.
With a killer lowered stance, a strong-running fuel-injected 454
Supercharged V8, a RideTech performance suspension, an array of
solid options, upgraded interior, and an attention-grabbing
Burgundy paint job, it's got a unique look that turn heads
everywhere it goes. Take a closer look but proceed with caution,
because this slammed and supercharged stepside Chevy is exactly the
kind of truck that has a habit of sneaking onto your 'must-have'
list before you know it.
The builders of this truck threw all caution and subtlety into the
wind during the restoration, choosing a vivid color, a mohawk cowl
hood, and a wicked stance to go along with all that added pop
underneath. With that slick Burgundy Metallic finish, it's got an
insanely clean look that seems a lot more customized than it is,
and it also holds up really well under scrutiny. Sure, it's not
without its imperfections, but we're talking fairly minor stuff
here, as this top driver-quality finish has a complete, high-end
look that you might not expect for a big-block, pro-touring truck
at that price point that was built to be driven and enjoyed.
Despite the low, wide look and the addition of that fiberglass cowl
hood up front, this C10 is composed of stock bodywork, from the egg
crate grille front to the tailgate out back, and we love that the
builder's showed restraint and just let the original GM design
speak for itself. The door handles haven't been shaved, the top's
not chopped, and the mirrors are still in place as well, resulting
in a clean, factory look that makes the lowered stance and elegant
paint job look even more impressive. All the trim around the
headlights and grille is still in place up front, complete with a
yellow Bowtie badge straight from the late-'70s/early-'80s, the
running lights have clear lenses, and the LED taillights out back
are mounted at the flanks of that simple, clean tailgate. Chrome
bumpers fore and aft really pop against the burgundy paint and one
look in the beautifully finished, wood-floor bed proves that this
truck hasn't worked for a living in a long, long time. Just look at
the reflections of the chrome slats up against the smoothed inner
walls - this beauty hasn't hauled so much as a car show flyer since
it was built.
The interior was nicely upgraded at the time of the build yet still
manages to keep a mostly stock-style vibe, with a comfortable bench
seat that can surprisingly seat three, or two if you want to
actually use the ratchet portion of that B&M shifter without
castrating your middle passenger. Those are high-end black vinyl
hides on the seat, with wide pleated inserts that wear like iron
and help the upholstery breathe on hot days, and the modern-looking
seat works rather well with the rest of the C10's interior.
Matching black door cards were upholstered to mirror the seat, as
was the beautifully stitched dash pad, and the plush black carpets
below are far too nice for work boots. All the exposed steel inside
the cab was painted the same color as the exterior, and that shade
really comes to life against all the black components inside,
including the leather-rimmed, billet steering wheel mounted atop a
tilt column. The aluminum-faced AutoMeter gauges ahead of the
driver are some of the coolest we've ever seen, and they're more
than up to the task of managing the supercharged drivetrain, and
should you ever grow tired of the big block's cackle, a JVC
AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit provides the tunes. Other options include
that aforementioned B&M shifter in the floor, a FiTech module
that allows the driver to control the fuel/air ratio to the engine
without ever stepping outside of the cab, seatbelts, and an
upgraded R134a A/C system.
With a built 454 Supercharged V8, this beautiful monster is ready
to leave wide contact patches all over your town's pretty asphalt.
Topped with a Weiand supercharger, a full FiTech fuel-injection
system, and long-tube headers all working together to provide the
relatively lightweight truck with unreal power and torque, it's
probably the fastest Squarebody we've ever driven. Thankfully, it's
still very manageable if you can keep your foot out of it, and with
power steering and Wilwood power 4-wheel disc brakes it's a lot of
fun to drive and relatively easy to tame. The sound is deafening
with the hammer down, but in the best way possible, especially when
you hear that familiar whine from the blower and throaty cackle
from the custom Magnaflow dual exhaust system that turns out well
before the driver's side rear tire. A 700R4 4-speed automatic
transmission handles the power with ease, and it spins a heavy-duty
10-bolt rear end out back. A big swaybar, RideTech control arms,
and heavy-duty coils and shocks keep the front end planted, while
the rear suspension boasts a RideTech 4-link and RideTech coilovers
that keep the tail from getting too squirrelly when you stomp it.
Staggered American Racing wheels look just right on this restomod,
wrapped in 255/45/18 front and 315/35/20 rear Nitto radials that
fill the big fenders perfectly.
A cool vintage truck powered by modern supercharged hardware,
teeming with sexy curb appeal. Come get this slick Squarebody
before your neighbor beats you to it. Call today!