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Busted Knuckles - 1968 Chevy C10

A C10 With A V-10

Maxwell Matthewson
Mar 1, 2013
Photographers: Brandon Burrell
Photo 2/9   |   busted Knuckles 1968 Chevy C 10 Snakebit rendering
When Brian Looney was 17 years old, he was in a terrible car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. It was always a dream of his to build a truck and take it to the SEMA show. Well in 2010, he came across a 1968 Chevrolet C10 that he couldn’t pass up. He was going to do everything in his power to build the most ridiculous C10 anyone had ever seen—a tall order for any truck owner. He started by calling Robbie Bryant at Keg Media and together they designed a killer truck. Robbie went to work doing a rendering while Brian looked for a shop to do the work.
Brian trusted one shop with the build of his truck, Nsane Hot Rodz in White Pine, Tennessee. The name alone tells you what DeWayne Morgan and his crew are capable of. Starting with a bone stock ’68 Chevrolet C10, DeWayne immediately pulled the frame out from under the old girl and set the cab and bed aside. He then pulled the worn-out 350ci engine and tossed it. After stripping the frame, the rear was notched and X-bracing was fabricated for strength and rigidity. The front rides on a suspension from Porterbuilt Fabrication, which consists of CPP spindles, Ridetech shocks, and Slam Specialties SS-7 ’bags. For the rear, a Quality Air Ride parallel four-link was installed along with a pair of Ridetech shocks, and Firestone airbags. Setting the ride height will be left to Accuair. The chassis rolls on 22x10 and 22x12-inch Asanti AF144 wheels enveloped in Pirelli 265/30R22 and 305/30R22 tires. Hiding behind the custom-painted wheels is a set of Wilwood 14-inch big brakes.
Photo 3/9   |   You may or may not recognize these headlight holes. They were originally designed to fit 2012 Dodge Challenger headlights.
With the rolling chassis done, DeWayne could focus on making the body straight as an arrow. This began by shaving the body of the driprails, handles, keyholes, and stake bed pockets. A Mar-K roll pan was installed up front to replace the front bumper. The next step was to flush-mount the windshield and rear glass and lean the windshield back as well as the doors. The bed floor was cut out and a sheetmetal floor and tubs were welded in higher to give the rear suspension and wheels some breathing room. Finally, the tailgate was shaved and a Grant Kustoms rear skin was welded on. The truck sits in bare metal in these photos but will be painted solid Kawasaki Green.
Photo 4/9   |   busted Knuckles 1968 Chevy C 10 Snakebit c 10 With Bed Off
With the engine compartment clean and the firewall shaved, a V-10 engine from a Dodge Viper was dropped in and plumbed. Future mods to the engine include Belanger headers, BBK throttle body, Borla exhaust, and a custom tune. The power is fed to a Speedway Engineering rearend via a 48RFE four-speed tranny and custom Dynotech driveshaft. With all of that, the truck should put down more than 580 hp.
Photo 5/9   |   busted Knuckles 1968 Chevy C 10 Snakebit asanti Wheels
As you can see, the interior is yet to be completed but will have Corvette seats, Billet Specialties steering wheel, and all new carpet and upholstery by Pro Auto Interiors in Knoxville, Tennessee. A lot of work has gone into this truck and it couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of Brian’s friends, family, and Nsane Hot Rodz, to which Brian has extended a huge thank you.
Photo 6/9   |   busted Knuckles 1968 Chevy C 10 Snakebit fuel Cell
Inside the Build
Year Make Model
1968 Chevrolet C10
Owner And City/State
Brian Looney • Greenville, Tennesee
Type: 8.3L Viper V-10
Exhaust: Belanger headers, Borla exhaust
Cooling: Aluminum radiator
Fuel System: 20-gallon Aeromotive fuel cell
Engine Management: Custom tune
Output: 580 hp
Built by: Nsane Hot Rodz
Transmission: 48RFE four-speed
Rearend: Speedway Engineering Mod Lite floater
Front suspension: CPP spindles, Ridetech shocks, Slam Specialties SS-7 ’bags
Rear suspension: Four-link, Ridetech shocks, Firestone F9000 ’bags
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Asanti AF144 22x10 and 22x12-inch
Tires: Pirelli 265/30R22 and 305/30R22


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