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1970 Chevy C10 - Habanero

Hotter Than Hot

Bob Ryder
Mar 1, 2009
Photographers: Bob Ryder
Photo 2/17   |   1970 Chevy C10 left Front Angle
For those of you that don't know what a habanero chile is, it's a pepper that is 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno. After trying Habanero peppers at a Mexican restaurant, Terry Roberson and his wife Ann from Forney, Texas, were so impressed while scorching their taste buds and sweating brows, they named their red-hot '70 Chevy C10 "HABANFO". Terry was a repo man for some 28 years and the profession gave him access to many vehicles he could salvage and trick out. Terry clams he has built thirty C10 pickups, besides other street rods and muscle cars over the years. His most recent '70 C10 was built with intentions of making a statement. He believed the average working man could build a muscle truck that would put many high-dollar trailer queens to shame.
The truck's solid foundation begins with factory framerails that were boxed for appearance and rigidity. The front suspension received a pair of Air Ride Technologies Shockwave air system with 2-inch drop spindles. Up front a pair of Baer disc brakes with 14-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston calipers provide instant stopping power. The front spinning bling are a pair of Budnik 20x8-inch polished billet aluminum wheels consumed in Toyo 255/40R20 rubber. The rear framerails received a six-inch step to allow the rearend housing vertical clearance during deflation of the Air Ride Technologies pneumatic Shockwaves. The rearend is linked to the frame with a pair of TCI trailing arms. The engine's power is planted into the asphalt by a pair of Budnik 20x15-inch polished billet wheels wrapped with massive Mickey Thompson 31x18x20 meats. The rear wheels and tires rotating mass are decelerated by a pair of Baer 14-inch cross-drilled rotors and four-piston brake calipers.
A GM Performance 502ci factory crate engine was delivered to Scott Thomas in Forney, Texas, where it received some minor cylinder head machine work, and the addition of a more potent Lunati camshaft. An MSD ignition system, Blaster 2 coil, 6A ignition box, MSD distributor and 8.8 ignition wires were installed. The 502 crate produced 545 hp @ 5,200-rpm, and 567 lb-ft @ 4,200-rpm. A custom handcrafted air-intake was designed and fabricated by Roger Lynsky at Stoked Out Specialties. It features dual tube breathers. A Be Cool aluminum radiator maintains cool engine operating temperatures during hot summer days and nights while cruising. A Billet Specialties polished billet aluminum pulley kit contributes both function and beauty to the endless journey of the spinning serpentine belt. The exhaust gases are exhausted through a pair of ceramic-coated Sanderson headers that collect into a 3-inch diameter exhaust, which flows into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. A GM 350 automatic transmission received all new internal rotating components, along with a Street Fighter valvebody shift kit. A Street Fighter torque converter reacts to the engine rpm. An aluminum driveshaft links the transmission to the GM 12-bolt rearend, stuffed with an Eaton posi-unit and 3.73 Richmond gears.
Terry discovered the '70 C10 body in fair condition with no major dents or rust. The '70 front fenders, hood, grille and headlight bezels were swapped out for '67 front sheetmetal and a pair of Speedway Halogen crystalline headlights. A Goodmark steel 2-inch cowl hood was installed to present an attitude. The '67 front and rear bumpers were shaved and narrowed to fit the front fenders and rear bed tighter. The factory taillights were filled with LEDs. The factory tailgate was left unmolested maintaining the factory tailgate handle. The bed floor was raised 5 inches allowing for ample rear suspension clearance. Each of the rear wheel tubs were made from two tubs cut and welded together to accommodate the massive, 18-inch wide Mickey Thompson tires. The factory emblems, side markers, drip rails, and door handles were all shaved. The rear window glass raises and lowers vertically by remote command. After all of the body mods were performed, the entire body skin was massaged before applying a couple of coats of sanding primer, that was then block-sanded to get every panel and surface straight and true. Scott Thomas did the final preparation and masking before applying multi coats of PPG Torch Red. Then Scott laid down six coats of PPG clear to give it the Torch Red its endless depth. After the surfaces were buffed and polished, the PPG Torch Red took on the appearance of a red-hot Habanero pepper.
The team at Stoked Out Specialties installed and wired the Alpine head unit and system powered by an 800-watt Alpine amplifier that was hidden underneath the seat. A custom-built sub enclosure houses a pair of JL Audio 8-inch subwoofers mounted behind the seat. The mids/highs are delivered through four 6-inch, four-way JL Audio speakers mounted in the kick panels and at the rear of the cab.
Opening the doors exposes the stitchcraft talents of Andy Martin at Stoked Out Specialties. An ultra leather interior with wraparound dash/door panels, headliner, and seat. A half-wrapped custom steering wheel caps off the Flaming River tilt column inside Terry's incredible C10. The engine's vital signs are continuously displayed through Auto Meter white face gauges. A Vintage Air system maintains a constant comfortable temperature during those hot summer nights.
Terry would like to thank Rich and Julie Stokes at Stoked Out Specialties in Rockwell, Texas, and Roger Lynsky, shop manager, Scott Thomas and Andy Martin Forney. He also thanks Jay at Transpo Transmissions in Ferrell, Texas.
Terry's '70 C10 has been a trophy magnet at every show. Habanero was a Goodguys Columbus Truck of the Year Finalist, a Goodguys Kansas and Fort Worth Fab 5 pick, NAPA Trick Truck, Best of Show at the Dallas Autorama, the Fort Worth, Rod & Custom Show, and the prestigious Goodguys Outstanding Truck of the Year Finalist.
Terry and his wife Ann are very proud of their '70 Chevy C10 and its accomplishments. Terry's ride has certainly gained respect among those high-dollar trailer queens.



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