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1981 Chevrolet C10 - Chrome Yellow

From diamond in the rough to slick showpiece

Phil Gordon
Feb 9, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Well in the case of 43-year-old Carlos Lockamy from Dunn, North Carolina, that statement could not be truer. You see, Carlos’ father was very much into automobiles. As far back as he can remember, his father was building and enjoying many vehicles, including two identical ’66 El Caminos. That passion and drive fell right into Carlos’ lap.
He first tried his luck with multiple Chevy trucks and always built it to the caliber he wanted. As a Chevy man, Carlos was always on the search for old-school trucks of that vintage. One truck that was always on his radar was a ’81 Chevy C10 two states away. He knew the owner and that the truck had remained stagnant for the past seven years. That’s when Carlos stepped in and made the owner an offer.
Once the negotiations were complete, Carlos immediately started customizing his diamond in the rough. The first step was ordering a set of 22-inch Raceline Deceptive 5’s wrapped in 255/30R22 Pirelli rubber. Carlos also got started on the motor work in the Chevy. Rob Perry rebuilt the Chevy 350 with a Corvette cam and roller rockers. An Edelbrock intake was mounted with a Holley 650. All the chrome pulleys and Chevy valve covers were added by Carlos. Slosh Tubs inner fenders were added, and a Severed Ties top radiator support panel was handmade by DC Customs to show off the club affiliation.
Photo 2/7   |   1981 Chevrolet C10 Passenger Side View
In order to bring the Chevy to ground level, Carlos worked with Rob Perry to ’bag and Z the front, and four-link and notch the rear. Then Carolina Custom Autoworks in Wilmington, North Carolina, added two Viair 480 compressors with ½-inch airlines throughout the Chevy with eight SMC valves. A Sanden engine driven compressor was installed to run the compressors.
When it came time to make the exterior stand out among the rest, Carlos turned to the talented team at Bass Body Shop in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. The door handles, gas door, wipers, bed stake holes, and taillights were all shaved. The passenger door was given the suicide treatment A cowl induction hood was added and a sliding ragtop was installed. The bed floor was raised 8 inches and the body smoothed to perfection before coating it in PPG Chrome Yellow. A ’87 front grille was added along with the custom chrome moldings, emblems, and rear cab trim.
Photo 3/7   |   1981 Chevrolet C10 Drivers Side View
For the interior of the C10, the truck was brought back to Carolina Custom Autoworks for a complete makeover. The door panels were re-covered with tan leather, and kick panels were added. The seats were wrapped in tan leather to match all the panels. Rob Perry built a complete fiberglass dashboard that was hand-rolled to resemble a ’50s-style Corvette and filled with Viair gauges. A B.A.D. billet steering wheel was added along with a B&M shifter that floats in the console. For music, a Clarion 7-inch flip-out DVD player was mounted into the console along with a sub controller to adjust the 15-inch MTX competition subwoofer directly between the seats. A Kicker 500-watt amp makes sure the sound is split through the Pioneer midrange and tweeters.
Carlos’ Chevy has become an icon in the Carolinas. It has been featured on many event flyers and even shirts throughout the state, which only shows that he set his sights on a complete custom truck and succeeded in every way. Carlos wishes to thank his wife, Angela, and his father for sharing his passion with him so he can now share that passion with his young daughter, Emma. Carlos also thanks Carl Spivey at Carolina Custom Autoworks for the transformation into the vision he had and the Severed Ties brothers that have helped him along the way.
Photo 4/7   |   1981 Chevrolet C10 Engine
Inside the Build
Owner and City/ State:Carlos Lockamy; Dunn, NC
Year/Make/Model:1981 Chevy C10
Club Affiliation: Severed Ties
Type: Chevy 350, bored .40 over, roller rockers, Corvette cam, Edelbrock intake, Holley 650 Carb
Front Suspension: Z’d frontend with Firestone ’bags
Rear Suspension: FBI four-link with standard C-notch
Mods: Shaved everything, tailgate skin, sliding ragtop, suicide hood and passenger door
Interior: Mazda MX3 seats wrapped in tan leather, custom-built dash and center console housing the stereo system
Stereo: Clarion 7-inch flip-out monitor with Pioneer Premier mids and highs, 15-inch MTX Comp Sub, 500-watt Kicker amp
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x8.5 Raceline Deceptive 5, staggered backspacing (4/6)
Tires: 255/30 22 Pirelli



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