1967 Chevy C10 - Rajin' Cajun
This Yellow '67 Is Ready to Run
Could it be Louisiana's multicultural influence and diversity, or perhaps the spicy food eaten every day, or better yet, the need to jump in a classic hot-rod truck to cruise up and down the French Quarter? Whatever it was that caused Forest Hill, Louisiana, native Ray Atkinson to build this '67 Chevy C10, the home of the Cajuns now has a new state treasure in the form of Bow Tie muscle. Slammed, stroked, and bright-yellow, there is no mistaking this truck for a work hauler. No, the only hauling this Chevrolet ever does is up and down the boulevard looking to terrorize the innocent and naive musclecars cruising by.
Originally purchased for $400 in 1995, the '67 fullsize has undergone a complete restoration, with hot-rod pieces added throughout to give Ray's truck personality and flair. The buildup began when his son Joseph was five-years-old and didn't fully understand the work and appreciation of a completely built show-'n'-shine truck. Ray would change that throughout the years, and Joseph learned to see the truck for what it is - a classic street rod with show credibility. Beginning the buildup at the heart of the powerplant, Ray started creating a monster motor to power his classic. The original 350ci mouse motor was machined and stroked to a much more healthy 383ci displacement
Up next, Ray added Holley aluminum heads, nitrous pistons, and a Holley intake manifold with a Holley Street Avenger carburetor. For instances requiring maximum tire smoke, he also added a NOS carburetor plate nitrous system with enough nitrous to power the yellow screamer past even the most muscle of musclecars. Exhaust gases exit through Hedman headers attached to 3-inch tubing, which lead to Flowmaster mufflers. Transferring all of this neck-snapping power to the pavement is a rebuilt 400 tranny complete with a B&M Shift Improver Kit, which then sends the power to a Ford 9-inch rear with a True Trac posi and 31-spline Moser axles. The drivetrain was now complete, but it needed a chassis to handle all of this power. Ray bit the bullet and looked for the proper suspension components.
Wanting a truly unique look, Ray decided air suspension was the way to go and ordered a complete Air Ride Technologies kit. Removing the stock suspension led Ray to have his entire frame powdercoated by Hot Chassis. He then added chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles, along with Air Ride airbags and Toxic Shocks. Out back, a fully adjustable ladder bar system was designed, a C-notch was cut out of the frame, and the rear airbags were mounted. Now the classic hauler was laying a full 10 inches lower than stock but needed some new rolling stock.
Wanting both a traditional hot-rod look and the look of a Pro Street hauler, Ray chose a set of Boyd Coddington Impulse wheels to add the necessary attitude to his truck. Up front, the 17x8-inch Coddington Impulse wheels are wrapped in Michelin P225/50ZR17 tires. Out back, the wheels are a Pro Street-like 18x14 inches with an amazing 9 inches of backspacing. The tires responsible for harnessing the torque are Viper-esque P345/35ZR18 Michelin skins. Now the truck looked functional as the hot rod was taking shape, minus the bodywork.
As with so many truck owners, Ray takes pride in turning his own wrenches, and when it came to performing the bodywork, he trusted the welder in his own hands. The all-steel truck received a Trenz phantom grille, Xenon headlights, and a '98 Chevy front bumper. Opting for the ultra-smooth look, he shaved the door handles, body stake pockets, side lights, and all of the factory Chevrolet lettering. For the rear of his custom rig, Ray welded in a smoothed roll pan, flush-mount led taillights, and added a louvered tailgate to give the truck a retro-rod look. Finishing off the body modifications are a Checkmate lid and a massive snorkel hoodscoop that feeds fresh air into the motor. Handing over the primered truck to Robert's Body Shop in Lecompte, Louisiana, Ray requested a bright, monochromatic paint scheme in PPG Yellow. Several coats later, Ray had his truck back and looking great. Now all that was left in completing his cruiser was the interior
Ray continued the completely custom take on building his truck by removing everything from the interior and starting from scratch. Dropping his truck off at Ken's Upholstery in Alexandria, Louisiana, Ray ordered a whole new interior using leather, carbon fiber, and billet. The truck received tan carpet, which serves as the base for the tan leather and ostrich-leather-covered '95 Chevy 60/40 bench seat and the tan door panels with real carbon-fiber inlays. Providing tunes for the muscle truck are a variety of speakers and amps from Kicker and Pioneer. The Pioneer AVH-P7500DVD supplies the tunes and movies for the Kicker amplifiers sending bass and highs to four Kicker Solo-Baric L7 10-inch subwoofers and four 6.5-inch components. Surrounded by billet, the real carbon-fiber dash houses carbon-fiber Auto Meter gauges and a billet steering column topped off with a Billet Specialties Eagle steering wheel. Located on the floorboard, the B&M shifter is housed in a custom console containing the air ride switches and gauges. With the wipe of his sweat-filled brow, Ray's custom dream was a reality and his truck completed.
Thanking his wife Nataya for her continuing support and understanding, and his son Joseph for being the primary reason for building the truck, Ray appreciates all of the help that went into making his truck the custom that it is. In case you are cruising the streets of Louisiana, and you think your hot rod is quick, be on the lookout for a ragin' Cajun in a Pro Street yellow Bow Tie. Ray tells us that he is planning on giving the truck to Joseph if he can stay on the honor roll throughout high school. Joseph, take our advice and study every minute of every day, please, we know best.