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1987 Chevy C10 - Last-Minute Decisions

Better Late Than Never

Phil Gordon –
Oct 30, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Some people plan ahead and make decisions months in advance, but John Reyes of Austin, Texas, takes a different approach. Born and raised in Texas, John's passion for the square-body Chevy truck was always there. Even as a child, John remembers fantasizing about what it would be like to cruise the streets in a Chevy C10 with everyone looking at him. When he turned 18, he got his first truck, but it wasn't quite his dream truck. It was a '93 Silverado.
Photo 2/12   |   1987 Chevy C10 Passenger Side Front View
Although having a Silverado would seem like a great thing for most, his passion was still with the C10 body. Spontaneity struck and John decided to start customizing his Chevy with extreme measures. He did such an impressive job that his truck graced the pages of Truckin back in 2007. But he wouldn't keep the truck much longer than that. He was in the process of getting married to his lovely wife Jessica, and the build seemed to be taking too much space and time for the newlyweds.
In 2013, John made a split-second decision to purchase a new truck. A friend with financial problems was selling a '87 Chevy C10 in mint condition. He knew this gem wouldn't last a day online with that for sale tag on it. So within minutes, he grabbed the truck and brought it home. Once home, he found out the engine wasn't as pristine as he originally thought. John knew his build would be a bit more involved than he thought, but he was clearly up to the challenge.
Photo 3/12   |   1987 Chevy C10 Front Bumper
He enlisted David Padilla to handle the engine, electrical, and mechanical from the fuel lines to brake lines. David rebuilt the transmission, as well as the rearend. The next step, he wanted to bring the Chevy closer to the ground. He brought the C10 to Anthony at All Star Customs for a full Accuair setup with a two-link wishbone setup. The square-body's next project was to install the engine and tranny, so Andrew at HDZ Restorations got his hands dirty.
When it came time to choose a new color, Andrew pulled the truck into the booth and John picked out GM Inferno Orange, which had a slight gold pearl look that he liked from the newer Chevy Camaros. Leatherhead Custom Upholstery in Bastrop, Texas, got the next call to install a complete new interior, giving it a restored feel, as well adding all the glass front and back.
Photo 4/12   |   1987 Chevy C10 Leather Seats
Originally, John's C10 was just going to be a cruiser, but at the last minute it became much more than that. From his childhood, he had dreamed about the day he would cruise the streets in a custom Chevy. Now, he can proudly say his hard work and quick thinking achieved his dreams. John wishes to thank his wife Jessica Reyes for giving him the opportunity to build this truck, as well as David and Andrew for all their hard work and long hours. Although, it wasn't an easy three years while building the truck, John's passion made sure his last-minute decision was a good one.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1987 Chevy C10
Photo 8/12   |   1987 Chevy C10 Raceline Status Wheel
Owner and City/State:
John Reyes; Austin, Texas
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt extreme crossmember, Porterbuilt tubular control arms, powdercoated chassis and air suspension parts, Dominator 2,500lb air bags, Accuair air management
Rear Suspension: Two-link with wishbone, two Viair 480 compressors, 7-gallon air tank, chassis by All Star Customs in Alvin, Texas
Brakes: CPP cross-drilled rotors and powdercoated calipers
Photo 9/12   |   1987 Chevy C10 Sbc Crate 350
Drivetrain:
Engine: SBC crate 350, comp cam, powdercoated black March pulleys, Vintage Air AC, Holley 600-cfm carburetor, Headman headers, stainless-steel exhaust
Transmission: GM 700R4 with shift kit, 3500 stall
Rearend: Moser axles, 30-spline gear, narrowed
Body/Paint: GM Inferno Orange, Spies Hecker primer, color and clear painted by HDZ Restorations in Del Valle, Texas, front Slosh tubs, rear tubs widened, sheet-metal bed walls, relocated tailgate handle, Chevy Blazer tailgate, GSI billet exterior door handles
Interior: Wrapped dash, door panels and seat by Leatherhead Custom Upholstery in Bastrop, Texas, custom wrapped with original factory theme
Stereo: Retro classic head unit, DD Audio 6.5 subwoofers, DD Audio 6-by-9-inch DD Audio five-channel 1,000-watt amplifier
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5 and 24x15; Raceline Status
Tires: 265/30R22 and 405/25R24; Pirelli tires

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