1970 Chevy Truck - Take Down

A More-than-Meets-the-Eye Bow Tie

Travis Noack
Jan 1, 2006
Photographers: Travis Noack
Photo 2/2   |   1970 Chevy Shortbed rear Side View
Pride, a noun defined as "delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship." Most show-truck owners have a large dose of pride in their low-slung or high-riding creations and demonstrate that pride every time the truck is displayed at a show or rolled from stoplight to stoplight. It is a feeling that cannot be described, only experienced. Kyle Boring from Moultrie, Georgia, has a great deal of pride in the '70 Chevy shortbed gracing these pages, and this elevated level of pride is evident in the amount of detail present on the exterior, interior, and underneath. The project began over eight years ago when Kyle, his brother Alec, and his father began working over the now-35-year-old Chevy sheetmetal in an effort to create a clean driver. After mildly smoothing the cab and fenders, a custom red was laid down, and an '88-'98 Chevy Stepside bed was mounted out back. The then-stylish 15x10-inch Boyds filled the wheelwells, and before the truck could be completed, other projects went on the front burner, and the '70 was rolled to the back of the shop, where it sat for eight years.
Once the Boring family cleaned the project slate, it was time for the old '70 to shine again, so Kyle blasted the dust off to prepare for a fresh list of current modifications. The chassis was fitted with a pair of McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles and Firestone 2600 airbags front and rear to achieve the requisite in-the-weeds stance. For a true show-truck touch, the frame and suspension gear were smoothed, painted, and detailed to continue the intense level of detailing throughout. Since Kyle had embarked on this project quite some time ago, his baby needed new shoes to fit in with the current crowd. Boyd Coddington Rodders in staggered 20x8-1/2-inch front and 22x10-inch rear fashion fill the bill perfectly and scantily clad in P255/ 35ZR20 and P285/30ZR22 Dunlop skins front and rear. These shiny billets are the perfect touch to the hot-rod attitude. The old '88-'98 Chevy bed was removed to make way for an original '67-'72 short box, which Kyle fitted with a custom steel roll pan. The stake pockets were shaved to clean up the bedrails, and Scott Whidby sprayed the box with a few coats of matching red liquid. Now that Kyle had the overall look nailed, it was time to build a bone-rattling, fire-breathing mouse motor to power this sanitary shortbed down the highway.
Starting with a freshly machined small-block 350ci prepped by Kniro Engines in Moultrie, Georgia, Mike Copeland tossed a host of go-fast goodies at the mighty mouse mill. A Comp Cams 290 duration and 510 lift camshaft spins along with a polished crank and new slugs. A pair of camel-hump heads holds Manley stainless valves and the whole rumbling package is topped with an Edelbrock intake manifold and an Edelbrock 650 cfm carburetor. Jet-hot coated headers expel spent fumes and deliver them to Flowmaster mufflers. Delivering forward and reverse commands to a 3.73-geared, 12-bolt posi-traction rearend is a Turbo 350 transmission built by Gadley Transmissions. The classic three-speed gearbox holds a 2800 stall converter for those instances when Kyle feels like hammering the fun pedal.
Completion of the powerplant and paintwork left only the interior in need of some custom attention. Driver and passenger backside support is handled by a '95 Chevy bench seat upholstered in gray leather by Perry & Greg's Auto Trim in Rockmart, Georgia. The door panels were upholstered in matching gray material, while the dash was coated in gray paint and stuffed with a host of Dakota Digital gauges and a Vintage A/C unit. Gray wool carpet covers the floorboards, and the steering column is crowned by a Billet Specialties Rail steering wheel trimmed in what else, gray leather.
Kyle Boring has crafted a timeless classic pickup that packs smooth custom tricks and unmatched hot-rod styling. We are glad a window of build time opened up in the Boring's schedule so Kyle's Chevy could be rolled out of the dark and into the truck limelight.
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