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This 1984 Chevy C10 is a Piece of Cake

From a Diamond in the Rough to an Emerald

Brian Goude
Sep 1, 2016
Photographers: Brian Goude
Can you have your cake and eat it, too? Brandon Douglas out of Madill, Oklahoma, was out to prove you can have a clean show truck that also performs on the autocross course. In fact, the entire reason he built his ’84 Chevrolet was to take it to the track and compete. The show-’n’-shine side of the build actually took a back seat to racing for him, but you could never tell by looking at all the amazing detail work that went into every part of the truck.
Photo 2/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Passenger Side
Photo 3/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Rear Driver Side
Douglas purchased the truck in 2013 and instantly started blowing it apart. He had been building custom vehicles for more than 10 years and knew exactly what the Chevrolet needed. The sole purpose of this vehicle was autocrossing, so he started with the suspension. Douglas wanted the truck to be adjustable on the fly, so he went with a Ride Tech Air Suspension setup in front and back. Air suspension and autocross don’t always mix, but all it took was the correct setup for him to corner as well as any coilover truck on the course.
To get the truck moving, he purchased a 6.0 LS2 GM motor. LS6 heads, Black Widow Exhaust, and a proper tune got this LS up around 600hp. To get all that power to the ground, a set of 22-inch Intro wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion rubber was installed at all four corners. The engine power and 10- and 12-inch wheel widths provided a winning combo.
Photo 4/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Engine
Photo 5/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Wheel
Now, the goal was to get the Chevrolet ready to turn some heads, not by going fast, but by sitting still on the show field. Douglas turned the truck over to Belair Auto Body and Paint to get the job done. They shaved the side mirrors, did their magic on the bodywork, and finally, sprayed that deep PPG Emerald Green. Rivas General Upholstery out of Sherman, Texas, was called upon to get the job done inside the cab. Almost everything was wrapped in two-tone tan and bronze leather and double stitched. Bucket seats and black carpet were also installed. Douglas took it upon himself to install a great amount of Memphis Stereo equipment throughout the cab. He used the center console as his subwoofer box, and it is all controlled with a Pioneer Double Din.
Douglas’ dream was finally finished. He had a truck that could take a best-of-show trophy at any event, and then go out to the track and perform with the best of them. He proved this by taking his truck to SEMA for the week and then racing at the Optima Street Car Challenge in Las Vegas the very same week. He has placed first at many large shows across the south, proving you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Photo 6/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Interior
Photo 7/10   |   1984 Chevy C10 Rear Quarter
Inside the Build:
Year/Make/Model: 1984 Chevrolet Silverado
Owner and City/State: Brandon Douglas; Madill, Oklahoma
Chassis:
Front Suspension: CPP 2-inch Drop Spindles Ride Tech tubular control arms and air ride
Rear Suspension: Four-link, Ride Tech Sleeve ’Bags, performed by BD Muscle Cars
Shocks: Fox for Ride Tech
Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes with 14-inch rotors
Engine:
LS2 6.0L, LS6 Heads with cathedral ports, JBA Headers, 3-inch Exhaust with Black Widow mufflers, MSD plug wires, 600hp, built by BD Muscle Cars
Transmission: 2005 4l60e
Rearend: Narrowed Factory GM
Body:
Shaved side mirrors, drip rails, Slosh Tubs inner fenders, Raised Bed Floor, PPG Emerald Green Performed by Belair Paint and Body
Interior:
Bucket Seats with four-point harness, wrapped leather dash, custom center console, two-tone tan and bronze leather by Rivas Upholstery
Stereo: Pioneer Double Din, Memphis Audio components, amps and subs
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x10, 22x12; Intro Colt
Tires: 265/35R22, 335/25R22; Pirelli Scorpion
Special Thanks:
Ride Tech, Optima Batteries, Rio Custom Wheels, Black Widow Exhaust, K&N Filters, Phat Phabz, Innovation by Design, Rivas Upholstery, Slosh Tubz

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