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1979 Chevrolet C10 Stepside - Kiwi-Tangerine

A C10 Built the Owner’s Way

Brian Goude
Sep 16, 2014
Photographers: Brian Goude
Have you ever had someone tell you that you can’t have something and it just make you want it even more? This tends to happen to us during our teenage years as our parents try to teach us the value of hard work. Now fast-forward a few years into adulthood where we make our own decisions. Nothing -- besides our budget -- holds us back from what we want, unless it simply never existed. This all sounds crazy, right?
Not for Matthew Elliot, who lives in the wonderful country of New Zealand, where they never got around to selling fullsize trucks. New Zealand, like many other countries, never had a big demand for a large-scale vehicle, so getting one is not easy -- they pretty much don’t exist. Shipping costs, customs charges, and taxes are through the roof, but Matthew is a grown adult and when you tell him “no,” he doesn’t listen.
Photo 2/8   |   1979 Chevrolet C10 Stepside Rear Three Quarter
Matthew’s 1979 Chevrolet C10 Stepside is one of the cleanest-built daily driven powerhouses we have seen in a long time. As you can see from the details, it was not an overnight build. It has taken him years since the truck first crossed the pond back in 2007, and three complete rebuilds to get it to the stage you see here. Luckily, Matthew has some very talented local friends to help him. The metalwork throughout the Chevy is nothing short of amazing. The engine bay alone could make you drool if you’re not careful. Matthew can thank the talents of Nakija Klaus for all those dropped jaws.
Not only does this truck look amazing with its HOK Tangerine Pearl gleaming in the Papamoa sunlight, it roars down the highway with a vengeance. With the truck completed for the second time a few years back, Matthew thought something was missing. After a few shows and cruising around rather slowly, he figured it out. A built 383 with some boost from a ProCharger was the answer. New Zealand is well known for producing very powerful vehicles and after 12 psi kick in, Matthew feels right at home.
The moral of this story? Always going after what you want even if it happens to be on the other side of the world. Happiness comes from doing the things we enjoy, and never settling for almost. If you are going to do something, do it right -- even if it takes you three times.
"It has taken Matthew Elliot seven years and three complete rebuilds, since the truck first crossed the pond back in 2007, to get it to the stage you see here."
Photo 6/8   |   The killer stance is achieved with a Porterbuilt frontend and Slam ’bags up front and RideTech four-link in the rear. The combo makes the Intros tuck nicely.
Photo 7/8   |   The Chevrolet Performance ZZ383 came with the last incarnation of the Stepside build. We are especially fond of the ProCharger D1 and the clean, all-business approach to the engine compartment.
Photo 8/8   |   1979 Chevrolet C10 Stepside In Motion Front Three Quarter

1979 Chevrolet C10 Stepside
Owner: Matthew Elliot
City/Country: Papamoa, New Zealand
Club Affiliation: LowFastFamous NZ
Engine
Type: Chevrolet Performance ZZ383 with a Procharger D1 supercharger
DRIVETRAIN
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with Eaton Posi
CHASSIS
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt frontend, Slam ’bags
Rear Suspension: Boxed rear with RideTech four-link
Brakes: 12-inch Wilwood
WHEELS AND TIRES
Wheels: 20x8.5 and 20x10 Intro Pentia
Tires: 255/35R20 and 275/40R20 No Name

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