SOMETIMES, TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT FROM A CUSTOM TRUCK PROJECT, YOU HAVE TO DO MOST OF IT ALL OVER AGAIN. There’s nothing wrong with that. Maybe you were forced to do “this” when you should’ve done “that.” It can happen when you’re doing as many things as possible with your own hands. Having a limited bankroll oftentimes poses an issue when reaching certain goals, because let’s be real here: If money were no object, we’d all be driving the trucks of our dreams right now, wouldn’t we?
Mike Johnson of Aguanga, California, has spent his fair share with his ’64 Chevy C10, and he came to a point when he knew that a motor upgrade was in order. After hearing about and seeing the level of work coming out of Fat Fender Garage in Gilbert, Arizona, he figured he’d reach out to see if they’d be interested in the job. Little did Mike know that this would be a major turning point for his truck.
Once Jason Noel, president of FFG, began taking a closer look at Mike’s C10, the two came to an agreement on a few things. First, aside from the motor swap, a bed restyle, new interior and possibly new paint were needed. But upon a second look, Jason noticed things that could make this pickup much better in other ways, too.
Trucks can always sit lower, and larger wheels can still fit underneath them, with the right amount of engineering, that is. Luckily, this is the mindset Jason works with on an everyday basis at FFG. The ideas started to flow, and soon they were talking about gutting the truck’s existing air-ride system and going with a newer Porterbuilt kit instead. It wasn’t too hard to sway Mike, especially when Jason told him there would be enough room to squeeze a set of 22x12 wheels in the rear. Add all this goodness to the already impressive list of pending upgrades, and this truck would for sure reach a level Mike wasn’t so sure it would climb to.
Shortly after Mike and Jason got to know each other better and they came to an understanding of what would be lined up for the C10, the FFG crew first got to work tracking down an engine for the much-needed swap. They found a good 2013 ZL1 donor, and just like that, the injection of reliable performance was lined up for installation. With some additions in the way of wiring kits from Modern Vintage and Concept One, along with in-house 3-D printed coil pack covers at FFG, Mike’s C10 was finally morphing into a far superior version of itself.
’64 Chevrolet C10 Aguanga, California
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