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1962 Chevy C-10 - Canadian Shortbox

Busted Knuckles

Phil Gordon
Feb 3, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
For a guy who’s been building Chevys for the past 20 years, like a high-end '55 Chevy convertible called Xvette or his current project, a '55 Chevy two-door sedan, Richard Ruiter of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, has always loved the cool lines of the ’60s Chevy trucks. Ruiter’s first build was a '54 Dodge half-ton purchased at age 16, and he’s pursued his love with different hot-rods ever since.
Photo 2/4   |   02 1962 Chevrolet C 10 Rear Three Quarter
The '62 C-10 short box came up from Sunnyvale, California, in September 2014; a solid patina truck he could use as a daily driver and not worry about messing up the paint. Ruiter loved these trucks, but soon decided, “I couldn’t leave it the way it was … it needed my touch.”
Ruiter tore the truck apart, and began by adding a Porterbuilt suspension system. He decided to cut out the original X-frame and fully box the frame rails while building his own tubular X-frame to connect to the Porterbuilt trailing arms. Next, he located a low-mileage 4.8L LS truck motor with a 4L60E tranny. He began to assemble the complete front suspension and mounted the LS motor. He also made slight modifications to the rear cab floor to accommodate a tall tranny tunnel and a one-piece driveshaft.
Photo 3/4   |   03 1962 Chevrolet C 10 Engine
When Ruiter purchased the '62 C-10, the cab’s rear window had already been replaced by a big back window, which had been done badly. He fabricated all-new inner panels for the big back window to sit correctly and removed the side door-vent windows. Currently, Ruiter is building new front fenders and rad support, as well as finishing the rear wheelwells and the bed floor in the box, too.
According to Ruiter, the truck is almost completely assembled and running. “The goal is to totally blow the truck apart in the New Year.” He plans to have the chassis fully smoothed and painted, and paint the inside and under the cab by spring '16.
Photo 4/4   |   04 1962 Chevrolet C 10 Bed
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1962 Chevrolet C10 Shortbox
Owner and City/State: Richard Ruiter; Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt suspension, CPP dropped spindles, cross-drilled rotors
Rear Suspension: Porterbuilt Level 2 suspension, C-notch, 6-gallon air tank, two Viair 480 compressors, and stainless steel gas tank, brake lines and battery boxes
Drivetrain:
Engine: 2003 LS 4.8L, Corvette intake, oil pan, exhaust manifolds, Dakota digital dash cluster, Vintage Air, and an American Autowire harness
Transmission: 4160e
Rearend: 1964 C10 12-bolt 3.73:1 with Posi
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9 GM Transit wheels
Tires: 265/35R22, 265/40R22; Venezia

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