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1982 Chevy C10 - Truly Intense - Busted Knuckles

Intense Hotrods Builds a Real Looker

Grant Cox
Nov 10, 2014
Photographers: Grant Cox
Growing up in the truck show scene, Taylor Patin knew he wanted to set the mark some day and build up a truck that would make everyone’s jaw drop. Taylor always liked the look of the ’73-87 C10 generations, but wanted to bring a different look to the showgrounds. Soon an ’82 Chevy Stepside was purchased, and the modifications began.
The truck was torn down to the frame and received a 3-inch Z-notch. Then, it was completely stripped, and every single hole was welded up and grinded smooth to give a clean look. Before paint was applied to it, the bottom 2½ inches of the frame was cut off and boxed in. Next, Taylor called his friend at Acadina Paint-N-Supply to prep and paint the frame PPG Red.
With the frame finished, it was time to fab up the suspension. Front and rear control arms were made to allow the truck to sit flat on the ground while sucking up the 22-inch Intro Rally wheels. To assist in the braking department, Taylor called Wilwood and had them send their beautiful set of front and rear 13-inch disc brake kits.
One thing that bothered Taylor about the third-gen Stepside truck was the major space between the bedside step and the ground. So the rear fenders were stretched 4 inches to make the lower portion of the step even with the rocker.
Taylor’s plans are to finish the truck and take it to SEMA one day along with an epic cover shot in Truckin. We think he is on track to build a real head turner and will definitely put his shop, Intense Hotrods, on the map.
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Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1982 Chevrolet C10 Stepside pickup
Owner and City/State: Taylor Patin, Intense Hotrods; Henderson, LA
Club Affiliation: Relaxed Atmosphere
Engine
Type: 350-cid V-8
Cam: COMP Cams 292
Induction: Chrome intake manifold and carburetor
Exhaust: Hooker stainless steel headers, custom exhaust
Ignition: MSD Distributor
Built By: Taylor’s father
Drivetrain
Transmission: ’91 700-R4 with 3,000-stall shift kit
Rearend: Narrowed with 3.73 gears
Brakes: Wilwood 13-inch disc
Chassis
Front Suspension: Custom-made control arms, Firestone 2600 ’bags, Gabriel shocks, 3-inch drop spindles
Rear Suspension: Custom four-link, Firestone 2600 ’bags, Gabrielle shocks
Body
Mods: Frame was Z’d 3 inches, 2½ inches was cut off the bottom framerails then boxed in and stripped/grinded smooth, holes welded and painted; rear fenders were stretched 4 inches to make even with the rocker and steps
Interior: Plans to fabricate in a ’63 C10 interior
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x8 and 22x12 Intro Rally
Tires: 285/30/22 and 295/30/22 Nitto Invo

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