1972 Chevrolet C10 - Self-Built Self-Satisfaction
Andy's '72 Chevy C10
We have heard the phrase, "If you want it done right, do it yourself." There is one major stipulation when building a custom show truck 100-percent by yourself: you must possess the talent and skills to pull it off. Andy Lowry from Winslow, Arizona, is one of those few. Andy decided to take on the entire buildup of his latest creation, this immaculate '72 Chevy C10. Andy did every phase of this custom build himself. The '72 was purchased for $500, and with the truck at his shop, the build was underway.
After removing the cab, fenders, hood, and bed, the frame was stripped down to just rails and crossmembers. The framerails were boxed using 1/4-inch plate. The rear framerails were then C-notched and the frame was sent out to be powdercoated. To achieve the pneumatic adjustable slammed stance, the front stock spindles were swapped out for a pair of Belltech 2-1/2-inch drop spindles. To obtain the automated adjustable athleticism, a Slammed Specialties pneumatic 'bag system was installed at all four corners. Four Gabriel gas-filled shock absorbers dampen the shock frequency at each wheel.
Factory GM 13-inch rotors and dual piston calipers control the stopping power. A set of MB 20x8-1/2-inch polished billet wheels were wrapped in a pair of Nitto NT 555 255/35R20 tires, while out back the horsepower is delivered to the asphalt with a pair of MB 22x9-1/2-inch polished billet wheels consumed in 285/35R22 Nitto NT555 rubber. The powertrain choice was a '98 Chevy 5.7L V-8 equipped with Vortec Fast Burn cylinder heads. The engine was sent out to Performance Chevy and machined and internally balanced.
Andy then carefully assembled the engine, and upgraded all of the internal components. Next, the electronic fuel-injection system was linked with a Painless Wiring system and computer. The factory HEI system was linked with 8mm Taylor ignition wires. A pair of 2-1/2-inch FlowTech shorty headers flow into a pair of 2-1/2-inch-diameter stainless exhaust and dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers. The balanced two-piece driveshaft links the GM 4L60E transmission to the 12-bolt Chevy rear end, which was stuffed with new Richmond 3.73 gears, capped with an aluminum diff-cover.
Some of the '72 exterior metal skins were replaced with precise-fitting Goodmark panels. The entire body was shaved, including door handles, side marker lights, bumpers, and the tailgate handle. To complete the clean and smooth look, Andy installed tinted one-piece side windows. The rear features a pair of Cadillac Deville taillights that were reversed. Up front, the Goodmark grille shell was fitted with a Trenz phantom-style grille, which masked the relocated APC diamond clear lenses.
The shaved doors are activated with Autoloc poppers. After aligning panels and some minor block-sanding, Andy filled his spray-gun pot with primer and proceeded to lay down a couple of coats. Then, he block-sanded the body again. The Sherwin Williams Inca Gold, was mixed with '98 Volkswagen Orange and applied to the smoothed body. The wispy flamed two-tone was laid down and masked. Andy then used Sherwin Williams Chrysler Midnight Black for the top color.
The audio and visual entertainment was all installed and wired by Andy. A JVC VX7700 heads up the system linked to a Pioneer 800-watt amplifier mounted under the seat. Two 8-inch subwoofers can be heard, but not seen because they were hidden behind the seat. To handle the mid-range sounds, Andy installed Kicker 6-1/2-inch mid-range speakers in the doors and kick panels. A Power Acoustik 7-1/2-inch DVD monitor was hidden in the glovebox. Opening the door of Andy's '72 exposes the view of a shaved dash and custom door panels that were covered in tan leather and brown ostrich skin.
Easy-to-read Dakota Digital gauges were installed to keep Andy aware of the engine's continuous vital signs. A factory '98 A/C unit keeps the interior nice and cool during those hot Winslow, Arizona, summers. Andy stripped the old factory upholstery off the bench seat and covered it in tan leather, with brown ostrich-skin panel inserts. The brown Mercedes-Benz pile carpet keeps the feet cushy. It is amazing to see Andy's raw talent and the variety of creative skills he used to create this show-quality winning ride. Andy would like to thank his kids, parents, grandpa, Derrick Nelson, and Darren Sheets for their help and encouragement to fulfill his dream.