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1964 Chevrolet C10 - Synthesis

Modern Technology and Classic Style

Grant Cox
Oct 9, 2014
Photographers: Grant Cox
Like many of us, Aaron grew up reading his favorite magazine (Truckin’ of course), and dreaming of one day building his very own truck to share with his family and friends. Jump to present day, Aaron was looking online for a ’53 five-window Chevy for him and his son, Nicholas, to work on together. He soon found a truck up in Lake City, Minnesota, and decided to take the gamble and drive the eight-hour trip and check it out. The ’53 turned out to be in way worse shape then originally described. The trip was not a total waste though. Aaron soon realized that the guy also had a 1964 Chevrolet C10 shortbed. After seeing the C10, the gears started to turn in Aaron’s head. A deal was struck, and the C10 was on its way to a new home in Kansas City, Kansas.
With the truck safe at home in Aaron’s garage, he began planning his vision for the build. The plan was to make a mix of modern muscle with a touch of classic styling. Before long, Aaron contacted Pat Cox, owner of KC Auto Worx and made the plans to start tearing down the truck.
Photo 2/10   |   1964 Chevrolet C10 Rear View
Pat first removed the body off the frame so that he could start the process to lay the rockers of the truck on the ground. A Porterbuilt front crossmember and tubular control arms were installed in place of the stock one. After the front received the proper attention to lay out the frame, it was now time to give attention to the rear of the truck. Pat used his welding skills to custom-fabricate a Z notch into the frame. A beefed Panhard bar tied to the two-link setup allowed the frame to now lay flat on the ground. A set of Slam Specialties SS bags were chosen for all four corners of the truck to give it the maximum lift. Custom ½-inch hard lines were fabricated to line the frame and give a clean install look. To finish up the list of items for the frame, a custom aluminum-polished gas tank was fitted up between the rear framerails.
While the frame was in Pat’s shop, this gave Aaron opportunity to search for his wheels. Instead of going with something classic, a modern big-inch look was chosen to allow the fenders to suck up most of the rim. A set of Red Sport 24x10s wrapped in Lexani 275/25R24 rubber were chosen to achieve the modern look Aaron had wanted. To get these big rollers to fit the truck, Brian at Accurate Performance had to narrow the rearend while Pat sectioned the front fenders to get the maximum rim tucked look Aaron wanted.
With the frame portion wrapped up, it was time to focus on the motor that would drive this beast. Again, Aaron wanted something modern for the drivetrain. Pat came up with a nicely modified 5.3L LS1 package that would make any of us gearheads grin. To give the motor a good lope sound, a COMP Cams 224R replaced the stock cam. Adding to the performance upgrades was an Edelbrock Hi-Rise intake manifold and custom intake piping. A set of Hooker stainless long-tube headers along with a custom bent Flowmaster exhaust allowed the motor to exit the most horsepower it could give.
Photo 3/10   |   1964 Chevrolet C10 Engine View
Now that Aaron’s truck could drive on its own power, the truck was brought back home so he and his son could start in on the bodywork and the wood bed floor together. The two started in on raising the bed floor and finishing it out with wood planks. The addition of molding in a roll pan and LED taillights gave the rear of the truck the look that both of them wanted. It didn’t take them too much time before the truck was ready for paint. Aaron called Carlos at Los Garage to lay down a beautiful coat of DuPont Sonic Blue paint over the entire body.
Looking back at the finished product, Aaron achieved what he set out to accomplish: a classic truck with a modern feel. Best of all, he got to build the truck with his best friend, his son Nicholas, at his side through the process. Aaron would like to thank his lovely wife, Angelica, for her support, and Pat, Brian, and Carlos who helped with the build.
Photo 4/10   |   1964 Chevrolet C10 Susspension

Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1964 Chevrolet C10
Owner and City/State: Aaron Stark; Kansas City, KS
Engine
Type: LS1 5.3L Cam: COMP Cams 224R Induction: Edelbrock hi-rise intake manifold, custom intake plumbing Exhaust: Hooker stainless long-tube headers, custom exhaust with Flowmaster muffler Cooling: Champion aluminum radiator Fuel System: Edelbrock Pro-Flo XT EFI Engine Management: Edelbrock Output: 410 hp, 410 lb-ft of torque Built By: Pat Cox at KC Autoworx, Kansas City, Missouri
Drivetrain
Transmission: 4L60E
Rearend: Narrowed with 3.73 gears by Brian at Accurate Performancev
Brakes: Wilwood disc
Chassis
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt drop member, Porterbuilt tubular control arms, Slam Specialties ’bags, KYB shocks, ½-inch lines, and valves
Rear Suspension: 2-link with Panhard bar, fabricated Z in frame, Slam Specialties ’bags, ½-inch lines and valves
BODY
Mods: Shaved firewall, bed raised, raised and stretched fenders, wood flooring, roll pan, painted bumpers and grille, interior painted, and cut front fenders so it will dump on the ground
Interior/Stereo: Pioneer CD player, Pioneer mid/highs, two 10-inch Pioneer subs and 1,000W Crunch amp
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24x10 Red Sport
Tires: 275/25R24 Lexani

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