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Custom 1968 Chevrolet C10 CST - Second Heartbeat

Doug Times Took This '68 Chevy C10 To Bare Bones Just Before Bringing It Back To Life

Kevin Aguilar
Feb 1, 2008
Photographers: Mike Finnegan
It could be said that the '67-'72 Chevy truck is one of the cleanest-designed trucks in GM's history. They're clearly a favorite among custom truck owners, and there are certainly plenty of them around in the scene. One of many people showing some love to these classic haulers is Doug Times. Doug's love for these trucks was inspired by his father. When he was a youngster, his dad had one, and from that point on he was a fan of them. Other than gaining the appreciation of trucks from his father, Doug also picked up the skill of welding by his father's side. Doug enjoyed welding so much that he furthered his fabrication knowledge by attending a trade school after graduation from high school.
Photo 5/12   |   1968 Chevy C10 Cst front View
He studied tool- and dye-making, and his new specialty gave him many opportunities for employment. While working for a machine shop, Doug was able to build a metal shop in his spare time. This worked out, since he got laid off from his job and was now able to establish the welding business with his father. Under the name Times Welding, the two of them now work on various projects for their customers. Since Doug was working on his own schedule, he decided that he had the time to work on his own projects, too.
That is when this '68 Chevy C10 longbed that he found on eBay came into the picture. Doug and the other bidders could not meet the reserve of the auction, so he made a deal to buy it for a lesser amount. The only issue was that the truck was in Oakland, California, and Doug's shop was in Ohio. However, that did not get in the way of his plans; instead, he and a friend flew out to drive the truck home. While picking up the truck, Doug noticed that the seller of the truck had a frame and a bed floor for a shortbed version of the truck. The other equipment would prove valuable for Doug's plan to make the truck into a shortbed, so they were also purchased. To get the extra pieces to Ohio, Doug bought a trailer and hauled the frame with the bed floor behind the '68.
All the way home, Doug had plenty of time to think about what he was going to do to his new truck. The first task was the swap of the cab and motor to the new frame, as well as resizing the bed. Doug used two new bed sides and the original shortbed floor. In doing so, he realized that the bed floor needed some serious reworking. His skills came in handy because he made special tools for his Pullmax sheetmetal machine to get the steel straight. Afterward, Doug repaired the rusted parts of the cab,such as the dash and the rocker panels.
Another thing Doug wanted to implement was a set of airbags to get the C10 lower than it had ever been.The rear uses the factory trailing arms with a reworked crossmember and mounting brackets to correct the lowered pinion angle. If you look closely at the photos, you can see that not only does the truck sit low, but it also has a full turning radius at that height. Shortening the upper control arms by 3/4 inch and the lowers by 1-1/2 inches made this all possible.
This '68 Chevy was built to have a factory appearance, but it also plays host to some custom touches. One of the changes involved ditching the factory powerplant for a stroker 383-cid small-block under the hood. Because of Doug's welding capabilities, he set out to make several performance parts for it. This included a handmade set of headers, valve covers, and an intake manifold. Doug also wanted this beast to run like a modern engine and made a fuelinjection system to feed it. With the powerplant bolted in, it was attached to a rebuilt 700-R4 transmission to transfer all of the power to the rear wheels.
Photo 6/12   |   1968 Chevy C10 Cst rear Driver View
With everything mocked up, the truck was blown apart and stripped clean. Then, Doug had the frame and suspension powdercoated, while all of the sheetmetal was E-coated to prevent future rust problems. To finish it all off, it was painted in Mitsubishi Inferno Red Crystal Effect, and all of the trim pieces were reinstalled.
With the truck reassembled, you can see that it looks close to stock but with a few custom touches that make it more appealing. Also, the extra steps that Doug took by topcoating every single component will ensure that it will not deteriorate. Not only will it remain in pristine condition, but it also won't go out of style with its original theme. We're sure that the truck will be enjoyed for many years to come by Doug and everyone else who has a love for these classic C10s.
The 411


Doug and Ginny Times of Times Welding / Miamisburg,Ohio
'68 Chevy C10 CST
Chevy 383-cid small-block V-8, bored 0.030 inches over and clearanced for a 400 crank / Eagle-cast steel crankshaft and forged steel I-beam rods / TRW forged aluminum pistons with Perfect Circle moly rings /Edelbrock Performer heads/ custom-ground roller hydraulic camshaft from Comp Cams / Comp Cams Pro Magnum roller rockers arms, hydraulic roller lifters,and chrome-moly pushrods / custom fuel injection with a custom-made aluminum intake manifold powdercoated clear, BBK twin-bore throttle body, ACCEl injectors, ECM from a '94 Camaro, and a custom wiring harness / custom aluminum valve covers powdercoated clear / custom headers made of 32-inch primary tubes merged at 3-inch collectors tapered to 2-1/2 inches for the exhaust / Flowmaster Delta Flow mufflers and resonators / entire exhaust system ceramic-coated / rebuilt 700-R4 transmission / '68 Chevy 12-bolt rearend with an Eaton posi and Yukon 4.10:1 gears
BY: Doug Times / Scott Racing & Performance of Blue Ash, Ohio (EFI harness and tuning) / Kirby Thoma of Miamisburg (transmission) /Aesthetic Finishers of Piqua, Ohio (ceramic-coating and clear powdercoating)
Front: 15x7-inch WheelVintiques Corvette Style Rallye
REAR: 16x10-inch WheelVintiques Corvette Style Rallye
Front: 225/60R15BFGoodrich Radial T/A
Rear: 295/50R16BFGoodrich Radial T/A
Front: Upper control arm shortened 3/4-inch / lower ontrol arms shortened 1-1/2 inches / McGaughy's drop spindles / Right Stuff Detailing 1-inch disc brake conversion / Air Ride Technologies Cool Ride airbags / Monroe Matic shocks
Rear: Modified trailing arm crossmember and mounting brackets for correct pinion angle / factory trailing arms with modified Panhard bar / Air Ride Technologies Cool Ride airbags / Monroe Matic Shocks
Accessories: Air Ride Technologies Ride Pro E / Viair 380C compressor / two 3-gallon air tanks / custommade 17-gallon stainless steel fuel cell with JAZ sending unit and Granatelli fuel pump
Chassis: 1-inch C-notch / cleaned and powdercoated black
BY: Doug Times / Aesthetic Finishers of Piqua (powdercoating)
Body Mods:
Shaved markers in front fenders, stake bed pockets, and front wheeltubs / fuel- filler door moved to bedrail / rear wheeltubs widened / '72 C10 mirrors / all sheetmetal was stripped and E-coated before paint
BY: Doug Times / American Metal Cleaners of Cincinnati (chemical stripping) / MayflowerVehicle Systems of Norwalk, Ohio (E-coating)
Custom Paint:
Mitsubishi Inferno Red Crystal Effect
BY: Jeremy Cales & DonJames in Germantown, Ohio
Factory CST seating / custom kick panels / custom door panels / leCarra steering wheel with '72 Chevy tilt column / custom aluminum audio enclosure behind seats / gray graphite body cloth
BY: Gray's Auto Trim of Miamisburg
Sony Xplod head unit /Alpine three-way 6-inch and four-way 6x9-inch speakers / two 8-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers / Alpine 200-watt amp for speakers and 400-watt amp for subs
BY: Doug Times
Special Thanks:
His wife for putting up with him,Louie for his help, and everyone else who worked on the truck-you know who you are


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