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  • Custom 1967 Chevrolet C10 - Nation's Best Project Trucks - High Finance

Custom 1967 Chevrolet C10 - Nation's Best Project Trucks - High Finance

Getting the lowdown on the high price of custom truck building

Galen Armenta
Jan 1, 2007
Photographers: Mike Finnegan, Kevin Aguilar
Photo 2/9   |   1967 Chevrolet C10 front Passengers Side View
Mike Finnegan of Garden Grove, California, is a custom truck enthusiast, who is not satisfied with just the average show truck and is constantly figuring out ways to make his '67 Chevy shortbed more detailed and eye-catching. Since he has owned several previous custom pickups, including his most famous, Burnt Taco, which had a 72-color paintjob, followed by an '86 Chevy dualie, then an '87 Chevy dualie, Mike has serious training in modifying a wide range of trucks. With all of these asphalt-dragging customs bought, built, enjoyed, stolen, or sold, the '67 was next to get the low-stance, big billet wheel-clad, musclecar-mini-truck-styled treatment.
Photo 3/9   |   1967 Chevrolet C10 front Wheel
If you're a Chevy truck fanatic, or even a part-time truck enthusiast, you've likely noticed how '67-'72 Chevy trucks have exploded in popularity-especially among owners who build and modify their toys. And why not? Enough trucks are around to keep prices affordable-they're the right age, too-and tons of quality parts are also available. When the work is complete, they can look very good. With that said, it's no accident that Mike chose a '67 Chevy C10 as his project vehicle-one that, as it sits, can be described as awesome. Starting with something straight only helps matters, but, as Mike learned, it takes vision and dedication to see your project through to completion.
As it stands, his truck is a testament to the abilities of its creator. He has this advice for those who wish to undertake a similar project, "Buy the wheels and tires first, and paint the truck last." Mike's vision, dedication, and talent, plus plenty of effort, have resulted in an exceptional vehicle that will perform in all departments. It's a classic with modifications that add to its timeless beauty and style.
THE 411

Mike Finnegan / Garden Grove, California
'67 Chevy C10
364ci 479hp '06 Chevy LS2 V-8 / Demon 850-cfm carburetor / Trans Dapt air cleaner / Chevy 4L85-E, electronic with Overdrive / Ford Expedition 8.8-inch IRS / MagnaFlow stainless steel exhaust custom-fabbed from the hot rod kit / UMI Racing ignition / Optima RedTop battery / Be Cool aluminum radiator / Brothers aluminum fuel cell / Painless wiring harness
Mike Finnegan / Orange County Auto Shop
FRONT: 22x8-inch Boyd F08s with 6.5-inch backspace / 255/30ZR22 Nitto NT555s
REAR: 22x10-inch Boyd F08s with 6.5-inch backspace / 295/25ZR22 Nitto NT555s
FRONT: Wilwood 12-inch discs / Scott's Hot Rods IFS crossmember, LCAs and Mustang II drop spindles / upper arms, fabbed by OC Auto Shop's Mike Kim, out of 4130 chrome-moly and pivot on spherical bearings / Slam Specialties RE-7 airbags / four 3/4-inch Slam Specialties Digital Stealth Valves / 1/2-inch DOT air line
REAR: '03 Ford Expedition IRS / stock Expedition 13-inch discs / fabricated control arms / Slam Specialties RE-8 airbags / four 3/4-inch Slam Specialties Digital Stealth Valves / 1/2-inch DOT air line / unbreakable half-shafts / stock CV joints / will have custom-valved Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks
CHASSIS: Rectangular 1/8-inch mild steel tube chassis / all bulkheads, crossmembers, and mounts are chrome-moly round and flat stock / exhaust runs through framerails
Mike Finnegan / Mike Kim and crew at Orange County Auto Shop
Shaved fuel filler / it lays pinch weld, but it's not body-dropped / cab floor is completely stock / Goodmark fenders, core support, doors, grille trim, front and rear bumpers / rebuilt doors with parts from Brother's Trucks
Mike Finnegan / Joe Raley / Sam and Calin Head
One Shot Orange poured on the hood / rust / oxidized green / black pickle primer
Lorena Montoya / Mother Nature / Goodmark
Stock '70 bench / Just Dashes dashpad with gauge pods / Brother's trucks door panels / Dynamat sound-damping floor / Vintage Air Sure-Fit system / ididit steering column / BAD steering wheel / Lokar shifter / Dakota Digital instrument cluster and gauges
Calin Head
Sony head unit / Sony bangin' 6x9s
Mike Finnegan
Brother's Trucks, Barbara Hillick from Goodmark, Air Zenith, Dakota Digital, Boyd Coddington Wheels, GM Performance Parts, and Rick Love from Vintage Air / Everybody at OC Auto Shop, Galen Armenta, Marcel Venable, my cousins Randy and Russell, Sam and Calin Head, Joe Raley, and anyone else who came by the shop during those all-nighters.