1967 Chevy C10 Buildup - Project: The Show

Part 4: Changing The Game

Dan Ward
Apr 1, 2010
Photographers: Christine Iha
Ultimate Body Mods
Agame-changer seizes the moment- the moment when most people weaken under the pressure-and changes the course of history. Take for instance, game 3 of the ALCS (American League Championship Series) when the Angels competed against the Yankees. With the Angels down two games to none, Angels' second basemen Howie Kendrick seized the moment going 3-5 with a homerun, triple, and scored the game's winning run in extra innings. The custom truck world has game-changers as well. Body-dropped fullsizes on 28s, audio systems with 160+db, and now Howie's '67 C10 built by Chassis by Aaron Iha, in Covina, California.
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Finding a pristine '67 Chevy cab wasn't easy and after buying the immaculate steel cab from Bill O'Grady at Vintage Chevy Trucks and delivering the steel cab to Chassis by Aaron, we all thought some minor bodywork would have the classic Chevy looking good in no time. That would have been the case for a regular truck project, however Aaron had no intentions on putting a regular C10 body on that insane frame he had just fabricated.
After a couple sleepless nights, Aaron took out his tape measure and went out to the shop to see if his latest idea would work. Much to his, and quite frankly, our surprise, the measurements were close enough to justify cutting a perfectly good '67 cab's roof off. Don't miss next month's issue when you'll find out firsthand the other tricked-out mods this one-of-a-kind C10 will receive. Read on and check out the interview with Aaron Iha to see how Chassis by Aaron forever changed the custom truck game.
1. Aaron, after cutting the roof off of the C1500 cab, we see you and Dale lifting the roof off of the cab. First off, where did you get this crazy idea from?
2. How did you know for sure it would all line up? What year donor truck did you use? Did you just buy a cab from a junkyard?
3. The original '67 cab Howie bought was in pristine condition, did you have any reservations cutting it up?
4. What steps did you take to get the original cab ready to have the rood removed?
5. Taking a look at Dale cutting out the B-pillar pocket from the C1500, what other pieces were used from the newer cab to make the transformation complete?
6. After resting the newer roof on the '67 cab, did anything pop up that surprised you, or did the install go pretty smoothly? For instance, I noticed on the base of the newer A-pillar and the '67 cab didn't line up perfectly because of the mounting holes for the doors.
7. The B-pillar looks like it rolled off the factory assembly line mounted to the older cab.
8. Was it as easy as it looks out back?
9. What mods did you have do for the back cab wall?
10. Taking a look at the '90 roof on the '67 cab, it sure looks like they belong together, with the exception of the wiper cowl—there's a big, unnatural gap there. How are you going to remedy that?
11. Why did you opt to keep the roof its factory dimension rather than cutting it to fit the '67 C10 doors/floor? How much did you have to add to the doors to use the factory '90 glass and weatherstripping?
12. Wow, it sure looks awesome with the doors stretched and bolted in place. Were you surprised at how well the final combo looked together?
13. With the cab up on its end, we get a really good look at the new floor you created.
14. Tell us about the design philosophy using the dimple holes and bead rolls.
15. As we check out Dale weld in the floor to the firewall, besides the necessary large tranny tunnel, the new cab will have quite a bit more interior space, right?
16. Do you have plans to utilize that added space with a sub enclosure, bigger seats, or is Howie just going to get more legroom?
17. Thanks to the mostly flat firewall, the dash cavity looks huge. Don't give away any secrets quite yet, but do you have big plans for the dash?
18. Oh OK, well thanks for the insider information. Here is a little teaser pic of the intricate detail and craftsmanship on the backside of the dash. We're positive that if Aaron and his crew are willing to spend this much time on supports that won't be seen, the parts that will be seen should be incredible. Be sure to check out next month's issue where we'll show you the rest of the awesome body mods on this game-changing C10.

Sources

Chassis By Aaron Iha
Covina, CA 91723
626-967-0045
www.chassisbyaaroniha.com
Vintage Chevy Trucks
Fremont, CA 94538
510-651-5874
www.vintagechevytrucks.com

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