Bye-Bye Money - 1970 Chevrolet C10
Sometimes It's Just Cheaper to Buy than Build
After enjoying a couple truck shows while still in high school, Mike Mikeska was bitten by the bug to get into the scene in a big way. His friend that got him into the show scene also helped his path into a custom truck club, Trendsetter Minis. After running the gamut of minis, Mike turned his sights to fullsize classic iron and promptly built a 1972 Chevy Blazer. Since moving on from Trendsetters, he has relocated himself in Relaxed Atmosphere and has completed this 1970 C10 pickup. It took nearly 5 years working off and on again to reach this point.
Everybody that gets involved with these trucks knows the Achilles heel is the factory front crossmember and how far it hangs down below the frame. To alleviate that headache, a Jim Meyers Racing front crossmember was swapped in with chrome control arms. Ride Tech was sourced for the rear chrome four-link. After welding on a few necessities, the smoothed and boxed frame was completely powdercoated silver. Ride Tech Shockwaves hang up front with tapered rolling sleeve 'bags mounted over the axle. A quartet of disc brakes makes for a show-ready presentation rolling on 20-inch Boyd Coddington Extreme wheels and Michelin Pilot tires. The detailing didn't stop there either. Atop the painted 5.7L small-block is a fully polished and chromed TPI unit from Street & Performance. As a matter of fact, chrome adorns most all the engine and underhood accessories. Exhaust chores are under the guidance of a stainless Borla system. A GM 700-R4 4-speed automatic handles shifting chores.
Mike exchanged the nose of the '70 for that of a sleeker 1968 C10. For good measure, a cowl hood was thrown in the mix too. Everything has been shaved from the exterior that might interrupt the flow of the natural lines. There is a roll pan in place of the rear bumper, and the front bumper has had its bolts welded and smoothed before being re-chromed. A blue spray-in bed liner coats the inner bed surface adding show worthy looks with utilitarian strength. PPG Karisma Blue covers every other inch of metal skin both outside and in. Speaking of inside, the painted billet dash cluster is now home to a series of Autometer gauges. The show theme is carried by the leather half-wrap billet steering wheel and chrome tilt column. Black leather covers the bench seat, while black carpet swallows light on the floor. A Sony head plays through a pair of Sony amplifiers to elevate the sound in the Sony and JBL speakers.
Credit for much of the necessary work is credited to Mike's friends in Relaxed Atmosphere. Without which, this C10 build may have taken even longer. With a large sum of money wrapped up in the truck, Mike has learned that it's sometimes less expensive to buy them built. But that wouldn't be much fun.