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  • 525HP LS3-Powered 1985 Chevy C10- Bought Not Built

525HP LS3-Powered 1985 Chevy C10- Bought Not Built

When Your Dream Truck is Already Finished

Phil Gordon
Jan 2, 2020
One of the largest stigmas in the truck culture is the phrase "built not bought." Some people look down on those who purchase a built truck rather than build it themselves. In the long run it's a better financial investment pulling out your checkbook rather than the grueling task of going from shop to shop to get the best deal and find the best builder. The 1985 Chevy C-10 in this story started under the tutelage truck builder Tony Phillips. Tony purchased the truck and began building it to his liking.
Photo 2/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Rear 3q
Every step of the truck build was personally customized from the one-off Barbie Blue paint to the custom imported Italian leather interior. When it came time to customize under the hood, an LS3 was added for extra reliability and horsepower. Tony left nothing uncovered as it took a solid three years to properly design and build the truck to his specs. Tony admittingly preferred the building process but wasn't much into the show scene. After the C-10 was completed, he would leave it in the garage and keep an eye out for a new build.
Photo 3/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Engine
Photo 4/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Bed
At that point Joe Parashis from Oswego, Illinois got word of the truck. Although he hadn't seen the truck in person, he was aware of the build and kept asking Tony to see how the build turned out. After a few pictures were sent, Joe insisted that he purchase the truck from him. As an influential Positive Force member, Joe always had and wanted the best trucks he could find. Once he sat down with Tony, numbers were agreed upon and Joe was able to purchase the Chevy for less than half of the build price.
Photo 5/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Side
Joe had the chance to alter the build but preferred the way it was built and wanted to keep the integrity and look Tony had perfected originally. A Chevy C-10 that was destined to sit in the garage for the majority of its life now gets her day in the sun every weekend in Chicago and neighboring cities. Joe maintains that it's a show winner and weekend cruiser he's proud to get in and go. Joe knows the cost to build the truck would have exceeded what he wanted to spend so he made the best decision that made the most sense to him.
A special thanks goes to the ideas and mastermind of Tony Phillips for creating such a spectacular build that Joe couldn't resist. With Bet it Up Kustoms handling the suspension work and engine swap and install, Joe knows the job was done perfectly and would be reliable. A special thanks to Gerardo Arredondo Jr. who was able to complete the full paint job in a one-car garage and Midwest Hotrods for turning out one perfect interior to offset the bright blue exterior. Even though Joe didn't have a hand in the build, he certainly values the Chevy and displays it with the pride that it deserves.
Photo 6/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Interior
Photo 7/13   |   1985 Chevy C10 Bought Not Built Wheel

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1985 Chevy C-10
Owner and City/State: Joe Parashis; Oswego, Illinois
Club Affiliation: Positive Force
Chassis:
Front Suspension: custom tubular upper and lower control arms, Viking coilovers
Rear Suspension: c-notch bridges, Viking coilovers done by Tim Bourgoine at Bet It Up Kustoms in Oswego, Illinois
Drivetrain:
Engine: LS3 6.2L, 525 HP, K&N Intake, done by Tim Bourgoine at Bet It Up Kustoms in Oswego, Illinois
Transmission: 4l80e transmission
Rearend: Moser 9-inch, 3:73 gears
Body/Paint: PPG Deltron Barbie Blue and white, orange pinstripe done by Gerardo Arredondo Jr. in Aurora, Illinois
Interior: imported Italian brown and tan leather, diamond stitch, leather wrapped GM 14 billet steering wheel, interior done by Midwest Hotrods in Plainfield, Illinois
Stereo: two JL Audio 10TW1 subwoofers, JL Audio XD 400/1 amplifier, two JL Audio XD 500/1 amplifiers, two sets of Moral 6.5-inch components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x8, 24x15; Raceline Executives
Tires: 255/25R24, 405/25R24; Pirelli P-Zero
Special Thanks From Owner: Positive Force Custom Cruisers, Tony Phillips for the great ideas, Bet It Up Kustoms, Gerardo Arredondo Jr, my wife Cherish and our four kids John, Anthony, Mercedes and Nick

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