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Custom 1971 Chevrolet C10 - Chrome Illusion

Cory Scott's '71 Chevy C10 Pulls Off The Factory Look In A New Way

Kevin Aguilar
Oct 1, 2007
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar
Photo 2/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 front Drivers Side View
Cory Scott's '71 Chevy truck is incredibly deceiving, to say the least. It looks like it's just a really cool classic truck, hammered over 22s, but if you take a closer look at the body, you will realize that what looks like the original trim has been completely painted on. You might be asking why someone would do so. The fact that Cory is the owner of a paint and body business named Kustom Werx in Conroe, Texas, may give you some indication why it has a trick and misleading paintjob.
Photo 3/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 rear Drivers Side View
As a true fanatic of modern and classic Chevy trucks, Cory has blatantly shown his passion for these vehicles in his most recent customs. For example, his '85 Chevy C10 featured in our Dec. '06 issue was more like a restoration than a wild show vehicle. The purpose of that truck was to capture a timeless OE style with the benefits of a modern airbagged suspension. Going with that sort of theme, Cory ensured that his truck would never go out of style, unlike the other show-stoppers with crazy graphics. The '85 was a definite hit with everyone, and once it was completed, Cory felt the need to do something similar with a different type of Chevy truck.
Photo 4/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 tailgate
His second favorite Chevy to the square-body is the '67-'72 C10 that has the more rounded lines. With the notion of customizing one, Cory searched the internet to see if there were any of them in good condition and free of rust. He quickly found the perfect candidate for the project, a recently restored '71 Chevy that was garaged in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Cory immediately called up the owner and took the 480-mile trip from Houston to pick up the truck.
Photo 5/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 b350 Emblem
Once the truck was at Cory's shop, he took some measurements to see how big the wheels could be when the chassis was airbagged and laying on the ground. He figured that 22s would fit and purchased the proper wheel and tire combination. Then, Cory started by dismantling the rear suspension and fabricating a triangulated four-link. For the front, he sought out the help of Bill Carlton of Ekstensive Metalworks to make a custom pair of upper and lower control arms to work with a set of 2-1/2-inch drop spindles. This allowed the truck to lay on the front crossmember, and to get the frame level on the ground, the front section was Z'd 2 inches.
When the suspension was done, the truck looked like a finished custom because the body was already fairly straight and in a single orange color. Since it looked so good sitting over new rollers, Cory decided to take it to two major shows to test the waters. It was an instant hit while the project was still only in its beginning stages. Even though it fared well in the show circuit, Cory still felt that he had to rebuild the truck to make it better represent him.
Photo 6/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 cheyenne Logo
After the show season slowed down, Cory tore the truck apart and started from the ground up, cleaning the chassis and motor for paint. The frame was then painted PPG Greystone Metallic, which is a darker silver that is used on newer Chevy trucks. Because Cory loves blue, he went with PPG True Blue to coat the suspension and motor. Even though these two paints seemed like an odd combination, they looked good together, and Cory was sure that they would work well for a two-tone scheme on the body. Before Cory prepped the outer sheetmetal for paint, he had the spontaneous idea to airbrush the trim and other details on. It seemed rather backward to shave all of these items and paint them back on, but Cory knew it would capture the style he wanted while showcasing the high-quality paintwork that can be done at his shop.
Cory finalized his decision on this paint scheme and prepped the body for paint. Because the markers and emblems were going to be painted on, they were shaved, along with the antenna, tailgate handle, cab seams, keyholes, and mirrors. Then, all of the sheetmetal pieces were worked smooth and disassembled for the coats of paint. Once the body panels were sprayed in those same PPG paints, the truck was reassembled for the heap of detailed airbrush work. To do this, Cory hired his regular in-house graphics man, Pat Maxwell, to handle this tedious task. For some extra insight on how the realistic chrome airbrushing was achieved, you can flip these pages to a special article in our tech section.
Photo 7/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 artist Rendering
Next, the body panels were finished in clearcoat, leaving the truck close to completion. All that was left to do on the outside was to clean up the doors with a Brothers one-piece window kit and to spray the bed with a color-matched liner. On the interior, the factory bench seat was sent out to Junior's Upholstery to be covered in leather with a simple non-distracting design. Then, the folks at Billet Accessories Direct helped Cory out with a Tuner billet steering wheel to accent the subtle interior.
Photo 8/18   |   The 350-cid small-block that was in the truck already worked fine, and Cory did not crack it open.
The goal was to get the '71 Chevy ready in time for the '07 GatorDrag show because it is the first major event in Cory's surrounding area. With a ton of hours spent working on the truck during the winter season, Cory finished it right on schedule to debut at the springtime show. As the truck made its first appearance, it was funny to watch the looks on showgoers faces when they came across this truck. You could see that they would first see it as a clean, original custom truck, and when they would notice all of the detailed paint, they were in a state of shock. In the end, Cory got exactly what he wanted out of this truck with its overall factory appearance. It's difficult to comprehend the effect that was pulled off with the trick paintwork, but with the right talent it was all possible to create.
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Cory Scott of Kustom Werx / Conroe, Texas
Photo 9/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 custom Interior
'71 Chevy C10
350-cid small-block V-8 from a '76 Chevy truck / Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and 650-cfm carburetor / Hayden electric fan / Alan Grove Components Low Profile beltdrive brackets / custom-painted valve covers / Billet Specialties oval air cleaner / custom air scoop / HEI ignition / Interstate battery / Hedman headers / dual 2-1/2-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers / Chevy Turbo 350 transmission / Ford 9-inch rearend
By: Cory Scott
Front: 22x8.5-inch Intro Vista
Rear: 22x10-inch Intro Vista
Front & Rear: 265/35R22 Nitto NT420
Photo 10/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 custom Bed
Front: Ekstensive Metalworks custom upper and lower control arms designed 1 inch shorter than stock for turning clearance and ability to tuck the wheels in the fenders when aired out / McGaughy's 2-1/2-inch drop spindles / Firestone 224C airbags / Monroe shocks
Rear: Custom triangulated four-link / Firestone 224C airbags / Monroe shocks
Accessories: GC 450-psi valves / two Viair 380 compressors / 3/8-inch copper hard lines
Chassis:Front clip Z'd 2 inches / custom 10-inch step notch / raised transmission crossmember / relocated trailing arm crossmember to mount upper four-link bars on / '97-'03 Ford F-150 leaf spring hangers welded to frame for lower four-link bars
By: Cory Scott
Body Mods:
Shaved side marker lights, original trim, tailgate handle, cab seams, keyholes, mirrors, and antenna / Brothers one-piece window kit for doors / custom fuel cap made from coolant filler / A Affordable color-matched bedliner / replacement grille from LMC truck / taillights sanded down and clearcoated to mount flush with the bed
By: Cory Scott
Photo 11/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 custom Interior
Custom Paint:
PPG True Blue and Greystone Metallic / custom airbrushed corner markers, emblems, and trim
By: (Paint) Cory Scott, Brandon Lowe, James Sexton, and James Sheridan of Kustom Werx / (Airbrush work) Pat Maxwell of Maxwell Designs in Magnolia, Texas
Factory bench seat upholstered in leather and suede / factory door panels and visors covered in gray vinyl / dashpad dyed gray / Billet Accessories Direct Tuner steering wheel / dash and steering column painted to match exterior / LMC truck replacement carpet and headliner / Billet Specialties window cranks and door handles / Auto Meter gauges / Vintage Air performance air-conditioning system
By: Junior's Upholstery in Conroe
Photo 12/18   |   1971 Chevrolet C10 model Posing
Custom Autosound factory replacement head unit / factory speakers
By: Cory Scott
Negative Camber
Special Thanks:
Short Dog for staying up late at the shop, Cory's dad, Brandon Lowe, James Sexton, James Sheridan, Mark Johnson, Scott Rupp, Alexis Dean, Billet Accessories Direct, and Bryan Stern of Intro Wheels
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