Custom 1968 Chevy C10 - Twisted Longbed
Building Classics One At A Time
Blessings happen all around us and many go unnoticed or unappreciated, but in the case of Bernard Howard, a resident of Garland, Texas, he knows good and, well, he is a fortunate man. Back in the day, Bernard's father gave him a '69 Chevy to drive and ever since those good old days, he had wanted the opportunity to build another one. As we all know, the value of these trucks has skyrocketed over the years, and one of Bernard's friends decided to let him have the keys to his own 1968 Chevy C10 for free - a blessing indeed.
Stating he loves to build old trucks, it is no wonder his latest example is as simple as it is just plain bad. Black on black over silver is a look that everyone in the Raider Nation would approve of, and in the case of this classic Bow Tie, the look fits perfectly. Bernard understood the importance of having a truck that looked good and had the right stance, so he dropped the truck off at the Hack Shack in Garland. While at the Hack Shack, the Chevy received a full air-ride setup using Slam Specialties 'bags, a Viair 5-gallon tank, and a Viair 450C compressor; and up front, DJM upper and lower A-arms drop the nose. Completely filling the fender void are 22-inch Sequence SQ-3 wheels with Kumho 265/35R22 tires.
Powering those 22-inch wheels is a built and bored 350ci V-8 equipped with a Crane cam, Edelbrock intake, Sanders ceramic headers, Holley carb, and Mallory ignition. Chrome and billet abound under the hood and keep things looking shiny. Inside the cabin, things are nice and simple as well. Black leather bucket seats rest on top of black Mercedes carpet. The dash was shaved and painted black by Underground Customs, and the gauges are from VDO. A BAD Reaper solid billet steering wheel handles the steering chores, and a Suburban center console houses the B&M shifter and air switches. Tunes can be heard from two 12-inch Treo subs, four 6-inch JL Audio mids, and two Planet Audio amplifiers. A Kenwood CD player keeps the tunes going and going.
On the outside of Bernard's C10, a black and silver two-tone was painted by Underground Customs in Mesquite, Texas. Before the PPG paint was applied, however, the door handles, antenna, side markers, and tailgate handle were all shaved and ground smooth. One-piece glass was installed and the front and rear bumpers were rechromed. The look fits this body style perfectly and is as menacing as it is classy.