Custom 1972 Chevrolet C10 - Import This

Classic American Muscle

Gary Blount
Sep 1, 2005
Photographers: Gary Blount
Photo 2/15   |   1972 Chevrolet C10 front Passenger Side View
Don't you hate that import vehicle manufacturers market their products with Classic Rock? They do it to cling to the American image. And no matter how hard they chip away at the American economy, they will never be able to recreate the essence that is America. John Thompson of Magnolia, Texas, decided to build this '72 C10 with every intention of making it the cleanest anti-import truck out there, old or new. Boy, it sure is nice when we happen upon an old-school truck with modern thinking applied to the buildup. It just reinforces the concept that classic trucks will always hit the pages of Sport Truck magazine.
John took his truck to Bo Rodney at Total Kaos, in Pasadena, Texas, for the smooth bodywork and slick paint. Bo shaved off the rain gutters, tailgate handle, and side markers. The truck's prepped carcass was shot with PPG pigments. Yellow, purple, green, and orange broken up by some sweet, airbrushed chrome graphics make up the color scheme.
David at Texas Motorsports in Conroe, Texas, installed the front and rear 'bags with all the other suspension mods like drop spindles. The assembly of parts was performed by John to form this sick, anti-import Chevy. When we asked what he learned from this build, John replied, "The sun going down is a marker for the second breath."
The 411

Owner: John Thompson of Magnolia, Texas

Year/Make/Model: '72 Chevrolet C10
Engine/Drivetrain: 350ci small-block / TH350
Photo 15/15   |   1972 Chevrolet C10 custom Bed
Wheels/Tires: Billet Specialties Vintec Dish (front) 18x8 with 4-inch backspacing / (rear) 20x19.5 with 5.5-inch backspacing / Falken GRB FK-451 radials (front) 245/45R18 / (rear) 285/30ZR20
Suspension: Firestone airbags / Belltech shocks / custom C-notch
Pneumatic Controls: Nitrogen bottle / Extreme air valves / 3/8-inch air line / air-ride electric air valve controller
Installer: David at Texas Motorsports in Conroe, Texas
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate handle, rain gutters, and side markers / added third brake light / moved turn signals to the headlight / hot rod mirrors.
Interior: Dakota Digital gauge cluster / bench seat from late-model Chevy truck / tiki head on shifter / tilt column from 85 Chevy truck / Billet Specialties steering wheel
Body & Paint: Bo Rodney at Total Kaos custom paint and body, in Pasadena, Texas



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