1966 C10 Unruly
Swap Meet Special
Randy Marston is the owner of this stunning ’66 C10 and purchased it from a swap meet in Scottsdale, Arizona, a few years back just to have a good running, if not slightly customized, fun runner to cruise around town in. But after a night of discussing, and probably a few adult beverages, he and builder Roger Burman had hammered out an audacious build. Roadster Shop chassis, clean and shaved, a cantilevered rear ’bag set up, and have the truck just ooze details. So much so, Randy actually calls this truck a two-lapper. You have to take a few laps around it to really drink in all the work that went in to make this truck look the way it does.
This build pivoted on the amazing Roaster Shop chassis that just set the tone for the rest of the components. Randy started off on the right foot with the fully boxed SPEC RS chassis, which came with independent ’bag-ready front suspension, and power rack-and-pinion with crossmember, and chassis bracing to allow for a 3-inch exhaust. It was stepped front and rear to give a 4- to 5-inch ride height, all the while being able to lay rockers all right out of the box. That’s not all, RS builds these chassis to be vehicle specific with cab, bed, bumper, and cores support mounts, but the raw look was not enough for this build. It was ground smooth, primed, block sanded, painted, and cleared. RS also went the extra mile and built the cantilever rear ’bag setup, a first for them. The heart of this stunning animal beats with all the ferocity a Turnkey Engines 427ci LS7 can provide, featuring all-aluminum heads and block, Taylor plug wires, a Kenne Bell 3.6L supercharger and intake, with a Holley 80-psi pump, custom RS 1 3/4-inch raw stainless headers, and a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust. The 427 is mated to a Bowler Transmission with shift kit and 9-inch rear equipped with Strange Engineering ring and pinion with 3:73 gears, and a RS housing, with a custom driveshaft from Dynamic Driveline in Des Moines, Iowa. All this go-fast componentry was married with a tune done by Karl’s Performance, making the C10 roar with 720hp and 640lb-ft. 19x8.5 Schott billets with 5.25-inch backspacing shod with 245/40ZR19 Michelin tires keep the truck planted while 14-inch Wilwoods tame this beast at stoplights.
Building off the chassis to sit so low is one thing, but the exterior mods had to be handmade and are stunning. PPG Citrine Brown Satin on the roof and PPG Atomic Silver Satin on the body sit atop an all-steel body. It received a custom hood, fenders, and CNC’d Alumicraft grille insert sitting atop a customized ’69 Camaro bumper, as a flush-fit windshield, and filled cowl vent round out the front. The cab was shaved of its drip rails, vent wings, door handles and had the pinch weld from the rockers ground down to be able to lay right. In the bed, a sculpted notch cover was fabricated to look like it always had been there, sitting in the middle of leopard wood inserts. The bed itself was color matched with custom beadrolled interior panels, ’72 C10 rear wheeltubs, the gas filler was relocated to behind the taillight, while the tailgate was leaned in 1 1/2 inches, given a lip spoiler, and the truck’s nickname “Unruly” was stamped in. Lakeside Rods and Rides handled the majority of the build.
In the cab, the eye is drawn to a hand-built dash sporting Vintage Air, Dakota Digital gauges, Iron Works air switches, a Flaming River start button, and a Billet Specialties Steering wheels. A ‘16 Silverado console sits between reworked and re-covered Dodge Intrepid seats in burgundy and slate gray leather. All the interior surfaces were paint matched, and the faux leopard wood inserts were airbrushed to match the bed—all done by Dan Weber of Weber Custom Interiors in Alexandria, Minnesota. Lakeside Rods handled the stereo install with a Sony head unit and speakers to just provide background entertainment and not take the attention to the awesome job done everywhere else.
At the end of the day, Randy has a reliable truck that he can take out and drive. Albeit now, it has a ton of hp, get the thumbs up on the highway, and has so much detail that he gets swarmed whenever it gets parked. Based on the relationship that Randy has with his builder Roger and the upholstery magician Ron, several other projects are being planned as this is being written. So stay tuned for the next build.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1966 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State: Randy Marston; Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada
Front Suspension: Bridge notched full boxed Roadster Shop chassis with their SPEC IFS, C6 Corvette spindles, Ridetech ’bags, custom cantilever ’bag setup in rear
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch brakes with SST brake lines
Engine: Turnkey Engines 427ci LS7, aluminum heads and block, Taylor plug wires, Keene Bell 3.6L supercharger, Keene Bell intake, Holley 80-psi pump, custom RS 1 3/4-inch raw stainless, headers, 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust, tuning by Karl’s Performance
Transmission: Bowler Transmissions with shift kit, custom driveshaft from Dynamic Driveline, Des Moines, Iowa
Rearend: 9-inch, Strange Engineering ring and pinion, 3:73 gears, RS Housing
Body: All-steel body, customized Jeep headlights, custom hood, fenders and front grille opening with Alumacraft grille insert, flush-fit windshield, cowl vent filled, pinch weld shaved from rockers, shaved drip rails, shaved door handles, handmade taillight housing, hidden gas filler location in taillights, sculpted and color-matched bridge cover, wood inserts in bed floor, rollpan, tailgate leaned ahead 1 1/2-inch, customized ’69 Camaro bumpers, custom-made interior bedside panels, PPG Citrine Brown Satin on the roof with PPG Atomic Silver Satin, all body work done by Lakeside Rods and Rides, Rockwell City, Iowa
Interior: Hand-built dash with Vintage Air, Dakota Digital Gauges, Iron Works Switches, Flaming River start button, ’16 Silverado console, Billet Specialties Steering wheel, ’16 Escalade door panels cut down to fit, ’98 Dodge Intrepid seats reworked and recovered in slate gray, and burgundy leather, interior surfaces paint matched to exterior with wood inserts, interior work by Weber Custom Interiors in Alexandria, Minnesota
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 19x8.5 Schott billets with 5.25-inch backspacing
Tires: 245/40ZR19 Michelin