Ole Blue - 1968 Chevy C10
A tale of a long bed to short bed conversion
At around 4 years of age, little William Amsley saw a truck and fell in love. The neighbor had purchased a 1968 Chevy C10 used in 1974 and William named her Ole Blue. Growing up right next to the truck must have left a profound mark on him because he wanted and waited for that longbed until he could make it his own. Finally in early 2005, the deal was struck and William (now Bill) was involved with Amsley Collision with his father, Larry. In the shop it rolled, and just a scant 6 months later it was prepped for enjoyment and heading back out.
An earlier year shortbed chassis was procured for the conversion, but keeping it stock wasn't going to cut it. A lowered stance was achieved with 3-inch drop spindles up front, a C-notch in the rear, and airbags all around. Nitro Drop shocks were bolted up to the factory locations. Everything was stripped, smoothed, and painted chassis black. Eagle wheels were pressed for service, as were Dunlop tires. Sizes check in at 18-inch front with 20-inch rear being the choice. OE front disc brakes do stopping duties with a Classic Performance disc brake conversion out back. A GM crate engine sets between the 'rails and has had some "big time" porting and polishing done to the heads and intake manifold. The extra room for airflow works well with the Weiand 144 Pro Street supercharger adding 7psi of additional atmosphere. All that boosted air is expelled through Hedman headers and a custom Flowmaster exhaust that exits through the bedsides.
Speaking of which, Goodmark bedsides were mated to the OE header panel and tailgate effectively finishing up the long-to-short swap. A few days worth of fitting, filling, and block-sanding were handled before PPG Patriot Blue was sprayed over the body with PPG Tarnished Silver coating the truck's upper cab. Custom glass was made for the truck in the smoked variety. Finishing touches are one-piece side windows, cowl hood, billet grille and mirrors, and the shaved fuel filler moved to the bed floor. The truck's interior is just as clean with the most obvious being the one-off gauge cluster almost hidden behind the billet banjo steering wheel. Attention is also called to the Deco-styled Southern Air control cluster center stage on the dash. Bucket seats were covered in blue leatherette with gray suede inserts along with the center console lid. The JVC head unit was flush mounted in the glovebox door and it controls a Soundstream amp and Clarion speakers.
What was once in the neighbor's garage and daily driven has now become the artistic clay of Amsley Sr. and Jr. With an eye on cleanliness and a little flair, the pair has turned out quite an impressive C10. That is only spotlighted by the duo's 6 month build time from purchase to show ready. It all began with the dream of a little boy.