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Custom 1966 Chevrolet C10 - The Heirloom

Huff Winkler's '66 Chevy C10 Tribute Truck

Kevin Aguilar
Dec 1, 2007
Photographers: Galen Armenta
Photo 2/9   |   1966 Chevrolet C10 front Drivers Side View
Better known to Huff Winkler as "Alcy," this '66 Chevy C10 holds special memories and character. The funny name was derived from a combination of Huff's father, Albert, and mother, Lucy, and Huff came up with the name as a way to dedicate the truck to them. When it was in full operation, Albert used and abused the C10 on his farm to haul hay and feed cows. After he passed away, the truck remained stationary and almost abandoned until his family decided to let Huff take it over and cherish it.
Photo 3/9   |   1966 Chevrolet C10 tailgate
When Huff started the project, he decided to not only restore it but to add some custom touches to it. At first, he began stripping down all of the sheetmetal and quickly found out that there was more damage than he initially thought. This meant that the common areas like the lower parts of the front fenders and rocker panels had to be replaced. Huff ordered replacements from Classic Parts of America and installed them with the help of his son, Callahan.
Photo 4/9   |   1966 Chevrolet C10 subwoofers
One of the things Huff wanted to do but wasn't sure if his mother would approve of was to alter the suspension with the use of airbags. She associated it with gang members and was highly against it when Huff's son put an adjustable air system on an '82 Chevy. Though he was in question about his mother's consent, he made the arrangement for the crew of Rods by Rod to get it to a low yet respectable height. Then, it was off to Terry Deck of TD Airbrush to complete the rest of the truck. One of first operations to be done was the implant of a Chevy 350 small-block with a 700-R4 transmission. Then, to keep more room in the interior, Terry deleted the floor shifter and made a linkage system to transform a manual column shifter to work with the new automatic transmission.
Photo 5/9   |   1966 Chevrolet C10 steering Wheel
On the bed, Huff wanted the Chevrolet logo to be removed from the tailgate and placed on the front of the bed. Next, the tailgate would get filled in with clear Lexan so that the logo would still be visible through it. Huff had this mod done to his first truck, a '59 Chevy. It was a big hit when it was done decades before, so Huff knew it would be something that would still get people's attention. Terry made sure that it was done, along with widening the rear fenders for clearance of the new billet wheels. It took two sets of fenders on each side and an overlap of sheetmetal to expand its size.
After all of the sheetmetal was perfect, it was time to get coated in paint. Huff chose a vibrant gold because the truck was originally gold, and he wanted the folks in his town to recognize it as his parent's truck. The paint was sprayed on the outside, and even the interior sheetmetal was coated, as well. Then, a set of bucket seats from a '95 Chevy truck and a brand-new aftermarket stereo completed the rest of the interior. In its new form, Huff debuted the truck to his mother and the rest of the family. Even though his mother didn't like airbags, she could not argue about it setting the truck off nicely. Now that Alcy has been completed, we're sure that Huff's father, Albert, would have been proud to see the truck in its new form.
The 411

Huff Winkler / Bastrop, Texas
'66 Chevy C10
'95 Chevy 350 small-block V-8 with custom head work / Melling camshaft / dual roller timing chain / HEI distributor / Holley Endurashine intake manifold / Demon 650 carburetor / 100-amp chrome alternator / ceramic-coated shorty headers / 2-1/2-inch exhaust with two Flowtech mufflers / Jasper 700-R4 transmission with a Stage One shift-improvement kit / Lokar down-shift cable and dipstick filler neck / 1-1/2-quart transmission cooler / custom single-piece driveshaft / 12-bolt rearend with 4:10:1 gears
BY: Quality Engine of Austin, Texas (head work) / Terry Deck of TD Airbrush Works in Cedar Creek, Texas
Front: 20x8-inch Boyd Coddington Smoothie II with 4-1/2-inch backspacing
Rear: 20x10-inch Boyd Coddington Smoothie II with 5-1/2-inch backspacing
Front: 224/35R20 Falken Ziex
Rear: 275/45R20 Falken Ziex
Front: Classic Performance Products 2-inch drop spindles with six-lug disc brake conversion / Firestone 224C airbags / Gabriel gas-charged shocks
Rear: Factory trailing arms and lengthened Panhard bar with Firestone 224C airbags / custom 2-inch drop blocks / Gabriel gas-charged shocks
Accessories: 1/2-inch Parker valves / 5-gallon aluminum air tank / Viair 450 compressor
Chassis: Chassis Tech bolt-on step notch and front 'bag mounts
BY: Ronnie of Rods by Rod in Austin
Body Mods:
Chevrolet logo cut out of tailgate and replaced by Lexan / Chevrolet logo molded to front of bed / diamond-plated bed floor and rails / rear fenders widened 2-1/2 inches / shaved markers and emblems / rechromed bumpers and grille / all weatherstripping and window seals replaced / front fenders, rocker panels, and doorsills replaced, due to rust damage
BY: Huff and Callahan Winkler (rust removal and body prep) / Terry Deck of TD Airbrush Works
Photo 9/9   |   1966 Chevrolet C10 custom Seats
Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Zenith Gold / airbrushed chrome trim
BY: Terry Deck of TD Airbrush Works
60/40 bucket seats from a '95 Chevy truck / Dolphin gauges / custom diamond-plate floor mats / replacement carpeting / custom door panels
BY: Terry Deck of TD Airbrush Works
Panasonic CQ-C1333U head unit / Planet Audio 6-inch speakers / Alphasonik 8-inch subwoofer / Alphasonik four-channel amplifier for sub
BY: Terry Deck of TD Airbrush Works
Special Thanks:
His mother and father, his brothers, Jerry, Bobby, and Denny, his son, Callahan, and everyone who worked on the truck.


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