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1969 Chevrolet C10 - Ol’ Blue

The One that Replaced the One that Got Away

Phil Gordon
Apr 3, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Most people dream of having their truck grace the pages of Truckin magazine. The passion and perseverance to achieve something you are not only proud of but also catches the eye of so many is an honor to almost any truck builder. For 26-year-old Grady Shipp Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois, it's old hat. Grady's very first build graced the Truckin pages back in 2013. After years of owning his truck, he decided to move on to something new so he parted ways with his restomod C10.
Photo 2/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Chrome Front Bumper
It took him about six months before he realized he made a mistake. He missed having his beloved truck available to get in and cruise the streets of Chicago. With failed attempts to buy his truck back, Grady set out on a whole new mission. Grady had his entire family on the lookout for a similar C10 body style. About a month later his father called him and mentioned there was a '69 Chevy C10 located in Alabama. After several conversations with the owner, Grady and his father hit the road for the 12-hour drive. Within moments of seeing the bone-stock Chevy, Grady had already picked out the paint color and style it was going to be.
Once the Chevy was in the Midwest, Grady called up Porterbuilt and ordered the suspension. A front and rear Extreme Drop Member kit along with a full AccuAir eLevel management system setup was delivered and installed by Grady during late nights after work. RideTech shocks were added along with Slam Specialties front 'bags and Firestone F9000 rear 'bags. A Viair 450 compressor powers the air through 3/8-inch line using an 8-gallon tank.
Photo 3/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Intro Vista 2 Wheel
The next step for Grady was to upgrade the small-block motor that was in the Chevy to a 5.3 LS '02 Denali motor. Affordable Speed in Illinois handled the engine work and added an LS1 intake manifold. They also ported and polished the throttle body, and added LS3 injectors, timing chain, valvesprings and pushrods. A mild cam by COMP Cams was installed and a Street & Performance air cleaner topped everything off. Wilwood two-piston calipers were mounted up to handle the newly upgraded motor. A 3.73:1 posi rearend with a No Limit Engineering fuel cell and Aeromotive fuel pump rounded out the performance modifications.
For the exterior, Grady prepped the body and smoothed out all the rough edges in his garage. Being a body and paint man, this was the easy part. He brought the C10 to his paint booth and sprayed rich coats of PPG Grabber Blue throughout the body. A bed kit from Bed Wood and Parts was installed in the rear and stained and cleared using five coats of PPG clear. Front and rear chrome bumpers came from the Brothers catalog. A set of 22x8.5 Intro Vistas don the front and 22x10s tuck in the rear, which were wrapped in 255/30/22 and 285/40/22 Nitto 555s, respectively.
Photo 4/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Black Vinyl And Gator Seats
Every classic truck needs a classic-style interior. Grady enlisted Ringo's Auto Upholstery in Joliet, Illinois, for black vinyl and gator seats. Factory custom deluxe door panels were installed for a stock feel. One-piece windows and black carpeting from Brothers was added. Dakota Digital VHX gauges replaced the stock gauges. A Billet Specialties steering wheel was mounted along with an Alpine head unit and Kicker components.
What started as a replacement truck, originally stemming from the guilt of losing his first C10, actually fueled a better and more intense custom build. Grady showed off what he could do and will make sure not to make that same mistake. He wishes to thank his entire Relaxed Atmosphere club.
Photo 5/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Dashboard
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State: Grady Shipp Jr.; Plainfield, IL
Engine
Type: 5.3 LS1 intake manifold, LS3 timing chain, pushrods, valvesprings, Street & Performance air cleaner and wiring harness, COMP cam, MSD spark plug wires, No Limit Engineering fuel cell, Aeromotive fuel pump
Body
Mods: PPG Grabber Blue paint, chrome bumpers, grille, and trim from Brothers, One Piece Products glass, Marquez Designs side marker lights and taillights, Bed Wood and Parts bed floor
Interior/Stereo: Black vinyl and gator seats by Ringo's Upholstery, custom deluxe door panels and carpet from Brothers, Alpine stereo, Kicker 6x9 and 6 1/2-inch components behind seats
Photo 6/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Ls Engine
Chassis
Suspension: Front and rear Porterbuilt Extreme Drop Member kit, Slam Specialties front 'bags, Firestone F9000 rears, RideTech shocks, AccuAir VU-4 valves, eLevel kit, Viair 450 compressor, 8-gallon tank
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x8.5 and 22x10 Intro Vista 2's
Tires: 255/30/22 and 285/40/22 Nitto 555's
Special Thanks: Relaxed Atmosphere, Grady Shipp Sr. for finding the truck, Brett Eriksen for help with the air ride and bodywork, and Tim Hartwell for help with the paint.
Photo 7/7   |   1969 Chevrolet C10 Chrome Rear Bumper

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