1967 Chevy C10 Buildup - Project: The Show

Part 5: Bed Highlight Reel

Dan Ward
May 1, 2010
Photographers: Dan Ward, Christine Iha
Custom chassis? Check. Blown LS-engine? Check. Wild body mods? Check. Creating the perfect five-tool custom truck is similar to building the ideal five-tool baseball player.
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You want a solid defenseman, who has speed around the base paths, someone who can hit for a high average and can still hit bombs, oh, and a strong arm would complete the package. For a custom truck builder, the defense would be the foundation-suspension, and the speed, well that one is easy-engine, and for batting, a slugger has to have a well-built body and a custom truck needs one of those as well. This month, in our on-going buildup of project: The Show, a wild '67 Chevy C10, we'll team up with Chassis by Aaron Iha to see how they are going to knock one out of the park by creating a one-off bed. Great thing about this mod, if you can weld, take precise measurements, and you have some time, you too can make a custom bed for your truck. Read along as we ask Aaron Iha how he custom-built a bed from the outside in and made it look like it could have been created by Chevrolet's design studio.
1. Aaron, as we see you welding the bracing inside the bed, last month you told us that you removed 6 inches from the front of the bed to keep the truck’s proportions just right. What else did you do to the outside of the bed?
2. Wow, it looks like you only used the outside bedsides from the original bed.
3. Walk us through the way you made the bedsides work and what all of that bracing is there for.
4. Taking a look at the bracing's C-notch, you obviously had to take into account the suspension's cycling and the rear wheel/tire diameter and width to make sure the wheel tubs would fit perfectly.
5. Were there any other factors that you measured or had to take into account to make sure everything was spot-on?
6. Once you had everything welded in place and you were happy with the fitment?
7. What was next?
8. That round stock going around the inside of the bed walls is pretty burly, is that just for structural integrity?
9. It's safe to assume, once you had the support structure in place, all you had to do was fill in the blanks with sheetmetal. Is that right, or was it a little more complex than that?
10. Tell us the details of the sheetmetal bed. What are your final plans for the bed (paint, bed-coating, chrome/stainless, etc.)?
11. The tailgate lines up perfectly with the bed, what are your plans for it?
12. Are there any plans to use a bumper or are you going to create a roll pan?
13. With the bed complete, the C10 is really coming along nicely.
14. Heading back up front, are you sticking with the factory '67 grille?
15. Did you have to do anything creative to get the hood to line up because of the cab swap, or was it a bolt-on affair?

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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