1984 Chevrolet C10 - Busted Knuckles
What do you do when all you want to build is a dualie truck, but a 1984 Chevrolet C10 falls into your lap? In the case of 36-year-old JR Hansen of Monroe, Louisiana, that’s what happened. A friend of his was building a C10 and decided to go a different direction. The C10 became available for JR for the right price. With his experience in building dualie trucks, JR decided to do the incredible and unthinkable.
The frame was built from scratch from the cab back to allow more room in the rear for tires. JR removed the rear axle from a ’94 Ford F-350 dualie. The ends were cut off and knuckles welded on from a ’04 Ford F-250. Disc brakes were added all around for better stopping ability. A 6-inch double-ended cylinder was used and controlled by a manual valve.
With the new dualie rear end carefully added to the Chevy C10, JR decided to bring the classic lower to the ground. A handbuilt two-link with convoluted airbags was installed. In the front, Michigan Metal Works upper and lower A-arms and Belltech spindles were added along with ½-inch airlines and SMC valves. Two Viair compressors were added for power and a 5-gallon tank was carefully installed under the dashboard.
To give the C10 some giddyup, the ’80s model was bored out .030 over with flat-top pistons. A Lunati cam and Victor Jr. intake were installed. Inside the cab, JR added the seats and console from a ’10 Chevy Tahoe to the cabin of the C10.
To set the C10 above the rest and really make it stand out, JR gave his Chevy independent steering. Instead of the line running straight from the power steering pump to the steering box, he made it loop through the manual valve. It now powers the valve and only steers the rear cylinder when the lever is moved. JR added a set of steel semitruck 22.5-inch wheels in the front and 24.5-inch in the rear. JR welded up the holes and painted them black.
Future plans are to have a Cummins diesel integrated into the Chevy C10 along with finishing up the interior, bed, and paint. JR wishes to thank his entire Assorted crew for their help and motivation. A big thank you to Brandon Clarkson for parting ways with the Chevy and the help he gave JR in the build.
|Inside the Build|
|Owner and City/State:||R Hansen; Monroe, LA|
|Year/Make/Model:||1984 Chevrolet C10|
|Type:||SBC 350 with Edelbrock, Lunati, and Summit Racing products|
|Front Suspension:||’Bagged with Michigan Metal Works control arms and Belltech spindles|
|Rear Suspension:||Narrowed tube frame with two-link and ’bags, one-off rear steer setup|
|Mods:||Completely shaved with front and rear roll pans and suicide doors; Phantom billet grille|
|Interior:||’10 Tahoe seats|
|Rearend:||’94 Ford F-350 dualie with steering knuckles from a ’04 Ford F-250|
|Brakes:||GM disc front, Ford F-250 disc rear|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:||Handmade steel 22.5- and 24.5-inch semi wheels welded smooth by owner.|
|Tires:||Lexani, front: 265/35R22, rear: 275/30ZR24|