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1968 Chevy C10- Rust Bucket

Brought Back From the Dead

Phil Gordon
Apr 11, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
In Texas, when you have six children, you can do one of two things. You can start a basketball team or get them involved in the family business. The Alanis family chose to bring them into the family business of automotive repair. The second to oldest of six boys, Nico Alanis always stood out as the creative one. He started tinkering with tools at 8 years old and had a very bright potential for uniqueness.
When he turned 21, Nico opened his own shop in Baytown, Texas, called Da Shop and began handling all the painting. His brothers had other jobs but would often come by after their jobs and work in the newest family business. Nico’s main focus was restoring and customizing classic C10 trucks, specifically ’67 and ’68s due his love for those Chevy styles.
Photo 2/10   |   1968 Chevy C10 Rust Bucket
One day on a drive to Houston, Nico spotted a classic C10 on a farm. He originally stopped by to see if he could get a job out of it. Instead, he left with his dream truck. He bought the ’68 Chevy C10 and immediately brought it back to Da Shop. It had some surface rust, but Nico saw the possibilities in this classic. The body was taken apart and the frame and body was sandblasted. The body work was done by Cesar at Self Made Customs and then Chagos Car Care did an LS2 motor swap.
Photo 3/10   |   1968 Chevy C10 Rust Bucket Engine
Nico’s paint talent came next, and h e recoated the new truck in the original Saddle Fawn paint with a white bottom. Matt Lip was enlisted to add the wire harness to the C10. Nico got all the trim and accessories from Outback Truck Parts in Spring, Texas, and pieced them all together. With the help of Rosbel Rendon, the Chevy was put back together. Small additions to the interior kept the restored feel.
Photo 4/10   |   1968 Chevy C10 Rust Bucket Bed
Photo 5/10   |   1968 Chevy C10 Rust Bucket Interior
Nico prides himself on bringing to life trucks that were on their deathbed. Rust Bucket had a grim future until he found it and brought it home. He wishes to thank everyone who helped him along the way, including his loving and supporting family. His father Lalo, Sr., for instilling in him the work ethic and passion that he shows today and his five brothers, Lalo, Stevan, Julio, Rene, and Ivan, who not only provide a backbone to the family but help in Nico’s shop. His passion has made Rust Bucket one of the finest restorations he has done yet.
Photo 6/10   |   1968 Chevy C10 Rust Bucket Wheel

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1968 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State: Nico Alanis; Baytown, Texas
Club Affiliation: Ground Zero
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 2-inch spindles, 3-inch drop spring
Rear Suspension: Rear ladder bars, QA1 coilovers done by Drops R Us
Drivetrain:
Engine: LS2 engine swap, Edelbrock intake, ARP studs
Transmission: 4L80E with Yank torque convertor done by Chagos Car Care
Rearend: 4.11 gears, narrowed rear end by Pyle Brothers
Body/Paint: Static drop, PPG Saddle Fawn and white done by Da Shop, color-matched bedliner by BTS Customs
Interior: Dakota Digital gauges, tan leather, Budnik steering wheel
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x9, 24x15; Intro Retro
Tires: 285/30R20, 405/25R24; Pirelli
Special Thanks From Owner: Rosbel, Matt Lip, my son Nikko, Jr., Max, Darrel AKA Stone, BTS Customs, Chagos Car Care, Drops R Us, Pyle Brothers, Outback Truck Parts, Self Made Customs, and all the customers and supporters of Da Shop

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