1966 Chevy C-10: Classic Duramax

Matt Hughes' Duramax-Powered '66 Chevy C-10

Jason Sands
Nov 1, 2010
Photographers: Jason Sands, Jason Thompson
Matt Hughes is a big fan of classic trucks. In the last few years, he's been able to take advantage of his success fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) to build the truck you see here: a classic '66 Chevy with Duramax diesel power. When we asked Matt why he built the truck, his answer was simple: "I wanted classic looks, with the locomotive torque of the diesel engine." So did he succeed? Well, read on and judge for yourself.
Photo 2/11   |   1011dp 1966 Chevy C10 Classic Dmax front Driver Side Shot
The truck is actually a mix of a two-wheel-drive '66 Chevy C-10 (bought rust-free in Texas), a rolled-over '06 Silverado 2500HD (that donated its chassis and drivetrain), and a lot of hard work by Two Brothers Customs in Springfield, Illinois. In order to fit the '06 chassis under the '66 Chevy body, a whopping 27 inches were chopped out of the frame to achieve the proper wheelbase-but the work didn't stop there. The body was positioned on the frame to mimic the lines of a '66 four-wheel drive. The independent front suspension was also replaced with a 4:10-geared Dana 60 frontend out of a '79 Ford. The solid axle was suspended with a modified Pro Comp suspension lift (for an F-250), and Pro Comp coilover shocks were used to give the truck a unique look.
Photo 3/11   |   1011dp 1966 Chevy C10 Classic Dmax engine Firewall
With the body and chassis ironed out, it was time to go to work on the drivetrain. An ATS-built Allison 1000 was supplied with a Co-Pilot controller to handle the torque. An ATS Aurora 5000 turbo supplies air to the engine, and a set of Bosch Motorsport injectors helps give the Duramax plenty of fuel. Scheid Diesel handled all the work on the engine, while Clint Faugust did the wiring on the truck.
Photo 4/11   |   1011dp 1966 Chevy C10 Classic Dmax aurora 5000 Turbo
The end result of all this hard work is a truck that succeeds in looking like an original '66 model but rides and feels like an '06. And with an estimated 430 rwhp and 800 lb-ft of torque from the Duramax diesel engine, Matt has his classic truck and his torque, too.
Photo 5/11   |   1011dp 1966 Chevy C10 Classic Dmax engine Bay

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