Stephen has always liked older trucks and vehicles.
“I would have to attribute that to my dad and my papa Clyde,” Stephen says. “I actually have a couple of Polaroid photos of the trucks they used to have. They were ’64- ’66 body styles. They were always trading them and always had one around.”
Fortunately, Stephen was fortunate enough to save this ’64 Chevrolet C10 from being destroyed.
He had been searching for a truck to build for quite some time. He attended Dino’s Git Down in November 2018, which motivated him to build an old truck. One day, Stephen came across a ’64 C10 when he was scrolling through the Kansas Craigslist, and it was the perfect barn find. The truck had been stored untouched for several years, and the owners were ready to get rid of it. Stephen immediately got a plan together to pick up the C10, and before he knew it, a car hauler was headed to Kansas to bring the truck home.
As soon as Stephen got the truck in his garage, they hit the ground running.
“We took our time on this build,” he says. “We blew it completely apart all the way down to the frame and built it back up from there.”
Fortunately, Stephen was able to save the factory ’64 frame. However, he had a few tricks up his sleeve for changing up the entire look of the truck. He decided to cut the C10 down from a longbed to a shortbed. Stephen and his best friend, Elliott Broyles, modified the original frame and added a GSI front drop member and GSI complete back half. The frame was then sent off to Volunteer Coatings in Knoxville, Tennessee, where it received a high-quality powdercoat.
Once Stephen received the frame back from the shop, he moved on to the suspension. Stephen and Elliot installed the Accuair Endo CVT setup with e-level to give the truck pristine ride quality. They also put Airlift â€‹Dominator airbags in the front and Firestone airbags in the rear. The original fuel tank was removed and replaced by a GSI tank. With the chassis modifications and suspension complete, it was time for body work.
Stephen started on the exterior of the truck by fabbing up some custom inner fenders. He then installed Hart Fab firewall panels and bed tubs. Since the frame had already been cut down, they then had to shorten the bed. This required a lot of patience and precision.
“The most difficult part of the build for us was the bed subframe,” Stephen says. “This was only our second truck that we had built.”
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