Emerald Dragon - 1968 Chevy C10
Bringing a Father and Son Together
Buried up to his eyeballs with customer work did not allow Mike Webb to realize his dream of finishing this truck. After owning the 1968 Chevy for a few years and then finally losing his body shop, Webb had no choice but to sell the project to a friend. After getting his feet back on the ground Mike made an offer to his buddy for the return of the Chevy C10. With no shop under his ownership, Mike turned to his friend, George Willis, for space and the build began. One year later and with help from his long estranged father, the Emerald Dragon was ready to fly.
Mike left the truck in the capable hands of Sic Motorsports to have the suspension layout handled. A pair of drop spindles was mated to Ride Tech control arms and Slam Specialties 'bags to get the front smack dab on the ground. Out back, a fully painted 12-bolt rear axle with 3.08 gears suspended by Slam 'bags is mostly hidden under a custom step notch cover painted to match the truck. Modified factory trailing arms hold the rearend in place. One of our favorite features about this truck is Webb's decision to stay with the OE 256ci inline-6 engine. The single barrel carburetor is fed from a rear-mounted fuel cell and spent gas is sent packing through a Flowmaster exhaust. Painted and detailed to the hilt, the six-cylinder is mated to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission and a two-piece driveshaft. Being a body pro, Mike shaved and painted the firewall and smoothed the core support.
The color of choice for nearly everything on the truck is PPG Emerald Green. Going with a somewhat original two-tone but with more hot-rod flair, Webb painted the top and back wall of the cab with PPG's Oxford White. Nothing clutters the body as the side markers, door handles, fuel filler, trim, and tailgate handle have been surgically removed. With so much smoothed area to cover, ghostly flames befitting a dragon have been stretched down both sides of the C10. Opening the doors reveals the carry over of the two-tone treatment with a fully painted dash and beige leather covering the factory bench seat and door panels. Webb likes green so much, that even the Dakota Digital and air gauges are green. A flip-face Clarion head unit, that works because the dash pad was custom formed to clear the face when in the open position, handles cruising music. Custom front kick panels fill in the mids and highs while subwoofers beat the bass from behind the bench. Soundstream amplifiers are mounted under each seat side.
Mike tells us his dream of turning a clump of coal into a diamond could only be done through his inner strength and with the help of family and friends. Working on the truck closed the distance between Mike and his father and allowed the two to share some common ground. If you want it bad enough, dreams do come true.