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Custom 1981 Chevrolet C10 Truck - Yalow

Yeah, It's Bright and Yeah, It's Low

Dan Ward
Jul 20, 2006
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/10   |   custom 1981 Chevrolet C10 front Passengers Side View
Representing the extreme in every aspect of customization, Edgar Hernandez of Fallbrook, California, arrives in style when behind the wheel of his dumped, boosted, and incredibly loud '81 square-body. Every nook and cranny has been modified, and when it came time to find the proper archetype for a '73-'87 Chevy cover truck, Edgar's C10 was the uncontested king of square.
Photo 3/10   |   custom 1981 Chevrolet C10 rear End View
Edgar writes that he loves custom trucks; not as much as he loves his new bride Evelyn, but he loves 'em enough to spend five years and an unknown (he is just-married) amount of dollars creating the sickest C10 to hit the streets in recent years. Wanting a truck that would turn heads and stir conversation, Edgar drove his '81 Chevy to Temecula, California, where Brian Jendro and Alex Anderson built an air suspension designed to drag and dominate. After installing the 2-inch drop spindles and Toxic drop shocks, the pair added a set of airbags to the fabbed control arm cups and finished the front off by boxing and powdercoating the frame. Out back, the crew created a four-link and a boxed hoop cradle accommodating Air Wave airbags. Powering air to each GC valve are chromed 5-gallon tanks using four Viair 380C compressors to supply endless air needed to drop it like it's hot. Each piece of the suspension was either chromed or powdercoated for ultimate durability and good looks. Disc brakes from CPP keep the C10 stopping on a dime, and the rear discs and stainless hard line add function to the glamour. The remaining bed floor was protected by Line-X of Temecula. On the ground was the only way Edgar was going to roll, and to get his C10s rockers on the ground, Brian got out the Sawzall and removed 3-1/2 inches from the body and welded everything back to normal. Now peeking from under each fender are the only set in the U.S. of Martin Brothers Alloys' Dragontail 22x9-1/2-inch chrome wheels wrapped in new Nitto 420S tires sized 265/30R22. They tuck so hard it seems hard to believe they really are 22s.
Photo 4/10   |   Twenty-two-inch Martin Brothers Alloys' Dragontail chrome wheels peer from each fender and are wrapped in new Nitto 420S tires.
Powering the large rolling combination is a 388ci V-8 machined by S&S Motorworks equipped with World Product heads, a Weiand intake, Holley carb, Gibson headers, and Gibson mufflers. The real power comes from the insane Sheer Speed-created Turbonetics T3/T4 hybrid turbo. Located in Escondido, California, the crew at Sheer Speed warmed up the welders and fabbed together a turbo kit forcing 8 psi of boost through polished 2-1/2-inch tubing into the warmed-over small-block. In case the turbo isn't whetting Edgar's appetite for speed, an NOS carburetor plate system fills the intake with cold nitrous and provides a jolt of go-juice to the truck. Sending more than 500 hp to the manual valvebody-equipped 350 transmission, the hardened clutches and shortened driveshaft ensure the power gets to the ground. Lifting the hood is a fun ordeal as people just scratch their heads and question the creativity. However, more fun than that is arriving with the sun beating down on the bright yellow paint and freaking people out with the killer paint job.
Photo 5/10   |   Danny Albert went over-the-top with the amazing flame job using realistic, traditional, and tribal flames.
Albert Designs, of Temecula, is responsible for both the smooth body and amazing paint and graphics on Edgar's ride. Starting with the welding, Danny Albert filled the door handles, taillights, marker lights, and removed the rain gutters, added a smooth tailgate skin, and smoothed the bed. With the exterior smooth as glass, Danny filled his paint gun with bright yellow and coated every inch of the truck with the vibrant pigment only to cover the sides with three sets of flames. Combining his airbrushing skills by applying realistic flames in orange, while masking traditional licks in white, the final touch was the addition of negative tribals with grimacing skulls for a look that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. On the hood lies a skull with flames and on the bed, a melting skull peering into the depths of custom truck hell. After painstakingly drop-shadowing each flame, Danny coated the entire truck with clear and called it a day. Now Edgar had a truck that could smoke the tires, lay the body on the ground, and burn onlookers' retinas while driving by. Next up, building an interior and audio system worthy of the rest of the truck.
Photo 6/10   |   Inside the cabin, Edgar's truck pimps a killer interior using a custom fiberglass dash and center console containing the air switches, Auto Meter gauges, and two 12-inch EFX subs.
Audio Evolution, of Temecula, hooked Edgar up with an interior that not only looks great, is functional, and is loud, but it also serves as a command post for smoky burnouts and ear-deafening decibel levels. Adding black carpet to the floorboard, the crew also bolted in a set of Fat Boy racing seats and covered the doors in black leather. Split between the two seats is a center console housing two 12-inch Scoshe EFX subwoofers, all while hiding the pass-through cutout subwoofer enclosure housing four more 12-inch EFX subs. This much firepower needs juice, and thanks to four EFX amplifiers stealthily mounted under plexiglass in the passenger-side floorboard, the subs receive plenty of punch. Each door houses a pair of EFX separates in molded and painted panels. A 10-inch Audio Box screen resides in the center console just below the Rockford Fosgate head unit and Audio Box DVD player in the dash. Speaking of the dash, the custom-smoothed and filled fiberglass dash houses two Auto Meter gauges and that's it. Under the 10-inch screen lies the B&M shifter, air switches, and four more Auto Meter gauges so Edgar and Evelyn can keep an eye on the V-8. Topping the polished tilt steering column is a 14-inch billet wheel with black leather wrap. Audio Evolutions did a great job and the system hits so hard, we now know why the skulls are so angry in the flames.
Photo 7/10   |   custom 1981 Chevrolet C10 rear End Drivers Side View
Without doubt, Edgar has a killer truck on his hands and he is quick to thank those who got him here, including: Martin Brothers Alloys, EFX, Audio Evolution, Gibson, Nitto, Holley, Albert Designs, Sheer Speed, and S&S Motorworks.
Hard work, blood, sweat, and tears have all been shed to make Edgar's truck a reality and as a hardcore Xtreme Lowz truck club member, he knows how special the finished product is. Yeah, it's low and yeah, it's loud. Who's next?


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