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1969 Chevy C-10 - Bernice Dimes

Back to the Basics

Mike Alexander
Jul 27, 2016
Photographers: Johnny O
A game built on a single foundation can become complex and diluted when searching for new means of innovation. When technology seems to progress faster than we can keep hold of it, how is a builder supposed to stand apart? When people carry unlimited access to limitless content in the palms of their hands, how does a C10 builder or project stand out from the rest? Although these questions seem narrowly relevant to the custom scene, the questions themselves are ones that have been asked for centuries.
Innovation and originality is a fickle thing that seemingly serves no single master. For each member of the custom culture, unique status is a quest within every build. On such a journey, distraction is likely to pop up from time to time. Fads and trends beckon convincingly, overly safe routes seem to call out, and all the while, criticism and doubt can form a deafening echo, stifling creativity. Nevertheless, the road to standing apart in the Truckin’ world is built on fundamentals. There are timeless factors to certain genres, and certain modifications that are the proper way to approach specific vehicles. When these fundamentals are executed with a high degree of excellence, it brings about a unique and quality build, which can never be shaken by unwarranted criticisms and shallow trends.
Photo 2/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Grille
Photo 3/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Bed
To find excellence in the fundamentals of truckin’ look no further than the most recent build of Justin “Pony” Carrillo. Long-time custom builder and enthusiast Carrillo has envisioned and built one of the baddest ’bagged C10s currently on the playing field—yet again. His previous creations consisted of heavily modded builds, namely his Cruella 1960 Cadillac, Ursula the ’66 Lac, Lucy his chopped bright red C10, Mary Jane the over-the-top Blazer, and several others. His fascination and involvement in the scene of customs rides has spanned almost two decades. His interests and abilities have showcased a number of varied styles, each one showcasing his true passion for the process.
Carrillo took an eight-month journey to complete this beautifully built truck, loving referred to as Bernice Dime, which began as a simple 1969 Chevy C10. Bernice is draped in devilish black and red. It’s an appropriate color considering she was finished on Halloween, the night prior to the 2015 SEMA Show. Her haunting beauty was placed on full display at this ultimate show. Between the more than able hands of the Choppin' block and Carrillo’s long infatuation with customs, Bernice stood no chance of turning out less than stellar.
Photo 4/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Engine
Opting to take it back to the basics, this C10’s perfectly slammed stance is achieved by way of Slam Specialties ’bags supporting all four corners and paired with QA1 shocks. The height adjustment is kept to ultra-accurate standards, thanks to the AccuAir e-Level management system. Supporting the suspension hardware and components is the custom-built and finished, Choppin' Block Four-Link Rear Suspension setup and its modular-bolt rear sub-frame. The entire frame and suspension has been custom painted and powdercoated to match by Artistic Powdercoatings in Fresno, California.
Custom drop spindles are positioned by the customized suspension and mounted to CPP big disk brakes front and rear. There are roughly 425 reasons to upgrade the stopping power, all of which arrive by means of the LS3 heart of Bernice. The Chevy small-block was built, installed, and wired by PPC Customs in Clovis, California. PPC also plumbed and wired the entire brake system. Power from the free revving V-8 is properly sorted by a 4L60E trans and sent to a custom driveshaft before arriving at the 10-bolt rearend. The rear was shortened 12 inches to accommodate the full customization of the suspension and new wheel setup. The motor was tuned by CAL Speed & Performance in Bakersfield, California, and features custom Holley Valve Covers, pulley system, and a Pro Products intake to help tie in the brutish engine with the refined beauty of Bernice. Nevertheless, her menacing style is fully reinforced by the wicked Black Widow Exhaust system coupled with Sanderson Headers.
Photo 5/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Wheel
Photo 6/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Rear
Spun by all this madness are staggered Raceline wheels. The front rollers measure in at 24x9 inches, while the rear sits at a gnarly 24x12 inches. Any wheel setup that incorporates units whose width measures half their height is doing something very right in our books. The fronts are wrapped in 275/30R24 Toyo rubber, and the rears house 315/30R24 meats.
What continues to push the envelope of excellence in Carrillo’s build is the seamless bodywork in which it is clothed. The front clip is entirely molded to the cab and cowl using a Bob Grant custom-made extended front rollpan. Shaved wipers and raised bed floor subtly aid the cleanliness and the bed’s wood flooring adds a polished look. Bob Grant Cali Combo rear rollpan and tailgate skirts are coupled with shaved rain gutters. The blacked-out original grille and Fesler built, anodized, and smoked taillights complete the body customizations. Skeeter of Magik Body Shop in Visalia, California, completed all the custom metal work. The amazing stance and body of Bernice is shown off perfectly by the Black House of Kolor paint that she was drenched in by Lee Milinich of Lewis Milinich Body Shop in Hanford, California.
Photo 7/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Red Interior
Photo 8/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Steering Wheel
Bernice’s interior is every bit as beautiful as her exterior, embroidered with over-the-top work on her upholstery and audio capabilities. The interior is completely custom and fully leather wrapped in Ruby Red. The carpet is in the same vibrant scarlet, matching the door panels, dash, headliner, and custom bucket seats. In front of the driver is positioned a 16-inch Raceline custom steering wheel. The ultra-plush leather interior was completed by Big Daddy’s Upholstery in Pixley, California. Efren “Bigs” Rangel of Beats by Bigs in Reedley, California, installed the full audio system. Three sets of Powerbass 3XL-6SC 6.5-inch components provide the high and mid audio structure, regulated by a Powerbass XMA5900IR five-channel amp. The lows, however, are handled by three, 10-inch XL-10T shallow-mount Powerbass subs, amplified by a Powerbass XMA2200 two channel. All of these are housed in the custom-built center console, kick panels, and sub box built and installed by Rangel. The luxurious interior of Bernice Dime has earned her several best interior awards throughout her recent show appearances.
Despite her calculated good looks, bulletproof build quality and finish, and more than effective burnout abilities, Bernice Dime does not represent a point of arrival for Carillo. Rather, she is simply the next step in his quest for something clean and complete. His passion for truckin’ is nowhere near satisfied. He’s already invited us to look forward to his progress and improvements at SEMA 2016. We can’t wait to see what’s next!
Photo 9/14   |   1969 Chevy C10 Front Quarter View

Inside the Build
Justin Carillo; Visalia, California
1969 Chevy C10
Severed Ties
Chassis:
Choppin’ Block drop spindles, Choppin’ Block Four-Link Rear Suspension, Choppin’ Block Modular rear sub-frame, Slam Specialties Air Bags, front and rear, AccuAir e-Level Management, dual black Viair compressors
Brakes: CPP Big Disk Brakes front and rear
Engine:
LS3 Chevy Small-Block V-8, Holley valve covers and pulley, Pro Products intake, Sanderson headers, Black Widow exhaust
Body:
House of Kolor Black, painted grille, Fesler anodized and smoked tailights, shaved rain gutters, shaved wipers, raised bed floor with wood kit, Bob Grant Extended front rollpan molded to cab and cowl, Bob Grant Cali Combo rear taillights and tailgate skirts rollpan, 18-gallon Choppin’ Block fuel cell
Interior:
Ultra Leather wrapped interior, custom buckets, color matched red carpet, custom-built center console, kick panels, sub box, 16-inch Raceline steering wheel
Stereo: Powerbass XMA5900IR five-channel, Powerbass XMA2200 two-channel 3- by10-inch XL-10T shallow-mount Powerbass, three sets Powerbass 3XL-6SC 6.5-inch component sets, Dual Optima Red Top Batteries
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x9, 24x12; Raceline Outbreak
Tires: 275/30R24, 315/30R24 Toyo Proxes
Special Thanks:
Jeff Needham, Skeeter of the Magik Shop, Raymondo Greenlee, Lee Milinich, Nick Waters, Richard Ruiz, R&G Paint and Body, Radel and Christina Jacobo, Beats by Bigs, Chad Canerday, FinishMaster of Visalia, Joe and Vince Lombardi, Joseph Simoes, and Jason Able

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