1962 Chevy C10- Weekend Warrior

A Classic C-10 Built in Less than 48 Hours

Jason Mulligan
Feb 16, 2016
Photographers: Jason Mulligan
Can a truck be built from just a bare frame and turned into an eye-catching cruiser in less than 48 hours, all the while being broadcast live on the internet? The short answer is yes, yes, it can. The long answer—well—follow along for the whole story of the PPC Customs & Auto Revolution C-10 that was built in less than 48 hours (22 hours to be exact) and taken to the Brothers Truck Show the following day.
Photo 2/12   |   02 PPC 1962 Chevrolet C10
The foundation of any custom truck is not only the chassis, but also the team behind the build. It all started on a Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. as the guys at PPC Customs in Clovis, California, including Richard Ruiz, Anthony Pedregon, Trenton Hatton, and others set out to build the truck during the next two days. The parts sat ready, the chassis, a donor from a ’65 model with an A-arm suspension setup had been cleaned and powdercoated awaiting the start of the build. Stan from Early Classics stopped in to offer his suspension and transmission crossmember kits to get the truck closer to the ground and functioning properly. With everyone already working away prepping the engine, fueling system, and body, Stan jumped in to help setup the suspension and rolling chassis.
Photo 3/12   |   03 PPC 1962 Chevrolet C10
At the same time, the Blueprint Engine 396 was cracked out of its crate and outfitted with a Royal Purple ATF filled transmission before being dropped in. Then, the engine saw a front-drive system from Professional Products, carb from Holley, and a set of Hedders from Hedman. Anthony mocked up a custom exhaust before Jordan Gomez took hold and TIG welded the joints to mate it to a pair of Black Widow Venom mufflers. A new fueling system from Aeromotive was installed to ensure the hefty small-block would have plenty of juice. Everything else was replaced or refurbished, except for the body. That would be handled on Day 2.
Photo 4/12   |   04 PPC 1962 Chevrolet C10
The old farm truck had plenty of history and character by way of patina and a few questionable dents. It was kept as is, but the glass was replaced by Chad’s Auto Glass and new Precision rubbers were added. On the inside, things were kept simple, reworking door panels and adding Lokar Lakester handles and pedals. Brothers Truck Parts carpeting and vinyl seat cover added comfort. The cab was topped off with a set of VDO gauges and a Summit Racing steering wheel.
Photo 5/12   |   05 PPC 1962 Chevrolet C10
Day 2 looked as easy as Day 1, until the last moments trying to button everything up and ensuring everything was in top working order. A bad set of wheel cylinders in the drum brake setup caused a delay and brake-bleeding issues also ate up time. Dialing in the engine and wiring are crucial, yet time-consuming tasks. When all was said and done, in the span of a 2-day period with 5 to 8 guys working, it took a total of 22 hours to put the truck together, from mere parts and a frame and shell of a body. The truck made its debut on schedule at the Brothers show and received more than its fair share of attention. Now, we can say with certainty some things you see on the internet are indeed true!
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1962 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup
Owner and City/State: Richard Ruiz; Clovis, California
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Early Classics 4-inch Deluxe Drop
Rear Suspension: Early Classics Trailing Arm 6-inch Deluxe Drop
Frame: 1965 C-10 frame, notched and powdecoated
Rearend: Updated by Fearless Gear, Driveline Services driveshaft
Brakes: Early Classic front-disc brakes
Drivetrain:
Engine: Blueprint 396 Small-Block Engine, Holley carburetor, Professional Products Pro Drive System, Professional Products Powerfire Distributor, Summit Racing accessories, Summit Racing radiator, Maradyne fans, Aeromotive fuel system, and Royal Purple fluids
Transmission: Chevrolet Turbo 400
Exhaust: Hedman Hedders, custom Summit Racing stainless steel 2.5-inch exhaust system, and dual Black Widow Venom mufflers
Body:
Paint: Classic patina, shop stenciling by Method Media
Body Mods: Dents and utility bumper
Glass: Chad’s Auto Glass, Precision weather stripping and glass gaskets
Interior:
Upholstery: Black vinyl seat cover from Brothers Truck Parts
Accessories: Lokar shifter, Lokar Lakester handles, Summit Racing steering wheel, VDO gauges
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8, 20x9.5; Circle Racing Wheels Lakester 88 Series
Tires: 245/35R20, 275/35R20p; Winrun KF770
Photo 6/12   |   08 PPC 1962 Chevrolet C10
Special Thanks: The build could not have been accomplished without the support of all the companies and people involved, including Auto Revolution; PPC Customs,; Blueprint Engines; Summit Racing; Professional Products; Hedman Performance; Black Widow Exhaust; ARP; Early Classic; Brothers Truck Parts; Circle Racing Wheels; Fearless Gear; Driveline Service; Precision Replacement Parts; Rare Parts; Lokar, Inc.; Aeromotive; Maradyne Fans; Royal Purple; VDO Gauges; Chad's Auto Glass; Method Media; Richard Ruiz; Anthony “Mijo” Pedregon; Trenton Hatton; Stan Hammond; Marcel Venable; Jason Mulligan; Jordan Gomez; and Grossi's Speed & Fab.

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