Eric Hokenson is putting his truck up for auction with no reserve. He's a brave man because he will be doing it at the annual Barrett-Jackson event, which, if you don't know by now, is the premier auction for car collectors around the world. Every year, we are astounded by how many wealthy auto buffs gather under huge tents in the desert town of Scottsdale, Arizona, to buy or sell vehicles. With the rarest of the rare going up for auction for millions of dollars, it makes you wonder how much a truck is worth and can it do well at such a prestigious event.
We are curious, and even Eric has no idea what he is going to get out of it, since auctions can be a gamble. However, he never wanted to sell this truck in the first place and always wanted to keep it around. When he bought it around two decades ago, it was stock and purchased for the purpose of being used as a work truck.
After picking up a few truck magazines and a long night of partying, he came to the conclusion that he could perform all the tricks he had seen in the publications. Without any plan of attack, the longbed version of this C10 was built and finished many times. Every time Eric would try to get ahead of the game, the truck would fall behind as technology grew faster than he could build.
Two years ago, Eric got fed up with playing catch-up and decided to finish the truck for one last time. With everything blown apart, he started off by welding on a Chassis Engineering rear subframe to mount a new shortbed onto and a four-link suspension kit to update the suspension. Then, the Air Ride Technologies control arm setup was used up front with Rancho RS 9000 adjustable off-road shocks. The new short bed was placed and moved 7/8 inch forward to minimize the space between it and the cab. For extra stability to prevent the cab from hitting the bed, Eric made a six-point rollcage inside the cab.
With the frame done, Eric dropped in a 383-cid '67 Chevy engine with a PAW stroker kit and a host of other performance goodies. To finish off the engine compartment, a ram-air intake was made from 3-inch aluminum tubing and polished to a shine. With the truck looking great under the hood, it was time to bring the exterior styling up to par. Before the body was shaved and worked to be straight as glass, Eric decided to add some more styling to the bold '81 C10. He was inspired by the rear cab style of the '60-'66 Chevy truck and added a wing to the cab of his C10. He did the same for the tailgate and then made some fender scoops for looks. With the mods and bodywork done, Eric painted the truck by himself in his own garage.
A lot of flaws can hide, in many ways, and even photos can lie. Seeing is believing, and we can tell you that this truck is the real deal. It is a clean truck, and it blows our minds away to hear that it was built in a personal garage. Eric built this truck to drive, and he believed in it so much that he drove it from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. Then, he rode on through to its final destination of Scottsdale, to be dropped off for the auction. Many people questioned him on that trip, but Eric figured that the only way to test the truck was to drive it, cross-country, and he had no problems doing so.