1967 Chevrolet C10- The Gigolo
More Than a Mistress
Sometimes you just have to let a vehicle go. If you have an attachment to that project, there’s a reluctance to sell followed by some regret later. But there’s a third stage. That happens when you get the chance to replace said vehicle with something else, and the fun begins all over again. Geraldine “Gerry” Kerna from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, sold a ’51 Chevy pickup and needed a new truck to focus on. She turned to Curt Ukasik and his team at RPM Hotrods, who built two previous rides for her. Curt found a rough but workable ’67 Chevrolet C10 CST in South Carolina to begin the process of making a truck that looks old at first glance but has been completely updated and modernized top to bottom.
The RPM Hotrods build took about 14 months, and as Curt would say, it was “blown apart” then reassembled with all kinds of products to update the vehicle to new standards and beyond. A Porterbuilt Weld-in Rear Extreme Dropmember and Extreme Front Dropmember were installed to get the truck much lower to the ground the rest of the frame was smoothed while the body was off. The ’67 does not fall short on power or upgrades under the hood by any means. A 6.0L Q4 block now resides between the framerails up front with a Comp Cams camshaft, FAST EFI tuner, Doug’s LS Swap Headers, and much more.
Since leaving the body of the truck looking as aged as possible was part of the project parameters, the only modifications made to the cab and bed were those necessary to make all the new additions fit or work in their new locations. This included stretching and smoothing the stock inner fenders to fit the wheels that were inevitably going to fit much higher as well as wider than factory. The stock bed floor was also raised to fit the modifications to the frame in the rear. Moving inside, there were lots of items in need of attention on the more-than-40-year-old truck. The CST (or Custom Sport Truck factory option) included a third or middle seat with a fold-down back, which is cool but needed a revamp. Chris McClintock of Bux Customs reupholstered the seats and incorporated the plaid fabric Gerry absolutely had to have in this build.
One of the more unique and inquired about features of the truck are the highly modified Centerline Smoothies in 22 inches up front and 24 inches in the rear. In this instance, highly modified refers to a process RPM used to age the wheels, giving them a rusty, weathered appearance. The wheels were powdercoated in textured gray then satin cleared and sprinkled with brake lathe shavings while still wet. Then a fast-acting “rust solution” of acid, saltwater, and bleach was misted on. A heat lamp sped up the process and acetylene torches set to “sooty” were used in a circular motion to blacken the wheels. After that, an air compressor was used to blow off any residual soot, and a satin clear was applied to lock it all down.
So why call it The Gigolo? Since she is older than the truck, it costs a lot of money, it makes her happy, and she spends a lot of time with it, a loose definition of gigolo fits nicely!
Inside the BuildYear/Make/Model:
’67 Chevrolet C10 CST
Owner and City/State:
Gerry Kerna; Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Filled and smoothed, AccuAir e-Level with TouchPad
Porterbuilt Extreme front dropmember
Porterbuilt, weld-in rear extreme dropmember
12-inch GM disc brake conversion front, 14-inch GM drum rear
GM 6.0L LQ4 truck block, GM with LS2 valvetrain, Comp Cams 224R, stock Chevrolet 327 valve covers with billet adapters, Edelbrock RPM carbureted intake manifold, FAST EFI throttlebody injection, MSD electronic ignition with hidden coils, Doug's LS swap headers, Flowmaster Super 44 Series mufflers, Wegner LS front drive kit, CPP gas tank, Ford power steering rack Transmission:
GM 12-bolt, 3:73:1, five-lug conversion
Stock inner fenders stretched and smoothed, speed holes in inner structure, bad ’80s paintjob in “Gigolo Black,” Hella H4 headlights, raised stock bed floor
Sheetmetal speaker boxes in dash, Classic Instruments gauges with Sky Drive, Vintage Air Gen IV SureFit, JL Audio three-channel amp, 10-inch JL Audio subwoofer, Clarion head unit, Budnik Split Grip, Stratos steering wheel, ididit column with billet aluminum shifter, GM plaid, black Allante upholstery, custom Bentley nap carpet
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9, 24x10; Center Line Smoothies
Tires: 255/35R22, 285/30R24; Sumitomo
Special Thanks by Owner:
Curt Ukasik and his team at RPM Hotrods