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1996 Chevy C1500 - Redemption

Never Say Never

Maxwell Matthewson
Oct 18, 2013
Photographers: John O' Neill
The rebuild began at Fiction Fabrication, also in Bakersfield. The team started with the overall disassembly of the truck. Every suspension piece was painted, powdercoated, or chromed, including the frame, which received a healthy coat of paint and airbrushing. Having already been body-dropped in 2009, the truck just needed the suspension rebuilt with McGaughy's 2-inch drop spindles, Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags, and hydraulics. The rear rides on a custom six-link with a Watt's link keeping everything in line. Raceline Hooligan wheels wrapped in 265/35R22 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires fill the fenders and provide rollers for the truck.
The drivetrain was the next stop on the journey. The heart of the system is a 350ci crate engine that has been given better internals by way of several Comp Cams components including a camshaft, pushrods, springs, and rockers. Air enters and leaves the small-block through a custom-polished intake and an exhaust consisting of Hedman headers and Flowmaster mufflers. Like the suspension, the majority of the engine components were either painted, polished, or powdercoated. Backing up to the engine is the factory 4L60E transmission with a shortened driveshaft leading to the 10-bolt rearend.
After getting the suspension and drivetrain handled, the next stop was paint. This is where the build snagged. The first shop that Jack took the truck to didn't accomplish what they said they would and took way too long. After six months and $5,500, Jack decided to pick the truck up and take it to Kal Koncepts in Bakersfield. The guys at Kal Koncepts went above and beyond Jack's expectations. They started by shaving the body of the door handles, tailgate handle, and rear bumper. Next, the truck was coated in House of Kolor Galaxy Grey paint. Over this they used HoK Strato Blue, True Blue, Limetime Green, and Orion Silver to create a unique graphic front to back. When Jack picked up his truck, he was speechless. This gave him a renewed vigor, which helped him through the rest of the build.
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Jack was almost done; all that was left was the interior. The seats and center console that was made by Shep Designs, in Tulare, California, were sent to Unique Custom Interiors, where Art Ramirez covered them in custom stitched black leather. In the meantime, Jack had his guys at Kal Koncepts paint the dash and pillar covers to match the truck. Black carpet and a black headliner finish off the upholstery. Next was the audio, which was taken care of by Jack. An Alpine head unit sends signals to a pair of Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, which boost the signal before sending it to a total of ten speakers and a pair of 12-inch subs.
After a few more glitches and setbacks, Jack's ride was finished and ready to be driven. The first show he took it to was the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. This was Jack's ultimate goal and you couldn't beat the smile off of him. He wanted to send a huge thanks to everyone who helped him on the build, his sponsors, and his friends and family for their support. If you are in central California, keep an eye out for Jack and his killer C/K.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model
1996 Chevrolet C1500
Owner and City/State
Jack Frith • Bakersfield, California
Type: 350ci Chevy small-block
Cam: Comp Cams
Induction: Custom-polished intake
Exhaust: Hedman headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Cooling: Dual 16-inch Zirgo electric fans
Fuel System: Aluminum fuel cell
Ignition: MSD distributor, coil, and wires
Transmission: 4L60E, 2,000-stall convertor
Rearend: Factory 10-bolt
Front suspension: McGaughys 2-inch drop spindles, Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags, hydraulics
Rear suspension: Custom six-link, Watt's link, Slam Specialties SS-8 'bags, hydraulics
Brakes: SSBC two-piston calipers and drilled and slotted rotors
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22-inch Raceline Hooligans
Tires: 265/35R22 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx



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