The greatest compliment Michael Hall could receive after 10 intense years of cutting, welding, fitting, and finessing his '69 Chevy pickup would come from a casual observer. With the truck on display for the very first time at the Goodguys 11th Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, Michael found himself overwhelmed with words of praise by onlookers and truck fans. One observer gave the truck a particularly good going-over and told Michael, "This truck is amazing! It's so well put together it looks like a factory prototype." That was great until the gentleman backed it up with, "And I should know - I work for GM and build their concept vehicles."

That is a very accurate summation of the fine work on Michael's '69. Now, you could say, "Yeah, anyone could have one of those built," but Michael didn't have just anybody build his truck - he built it himself!

It's the details throughout that make this frame is an original '69 unit that has been dropped to the pavement with a 3-inch Z-step and vehicle - so let's start with the foundation. Thefitted with an '86 GM pickup suspension up front and given a C-notch in the rear with custom crossmembers in between and boxed from end to end. The stance is controlled by an owner-installed airbag system.

The driveline received a fully detailed '02 Chevy ZZ4, followed by a built 700-R4 and 9-inch Ford rearend. With the platform out of the way, Michael moved on to the most difficult part of the transformation - from "stocker to shocker."

The part that would take the most time also had to be the portion that was the most well planned because if the body doesn't look right, the party stops right there. Cutting up a truck into multiple pieces can easily end up in the "what was he thinking?" file, but Michael had some good ideas when he started. He knew that he wanted some additional space inside the cab for his 6-foot 5-inch frame, but he wasn't going to just tack on additional material behind the doors. Michael decided the way to go would be to add 6 inches through the middle of the doors. This would require the lengthening of not only the doors, but also the roof, rockers, and floor. The result is what makes this appear to be a "factory prototype." That was just the beginning of the bodywork as the '67 front clip and owner-built custom bed would also receive their fair share of Michael's handiwork.

Once the body was thoroughly massaged, Michael finally took a break and had Zig Ebel lay out the shimmering silver paint over the perfect bodywork. The final phase would be trimming up the inside of the stretched cab. Michael had Johnny Canty stitch up the seats, but like the rest of the truck, the remainder of the interior work was handled by the owner. Creature comforts include a GM tilt steering column, Vintage Air climate control, VDO Night Pilot gauges, and a Pioneer/Sony sound system.

The stranger from GM obviously knew a good thing when he saw it because Michael went on to win the Goodguys 2003 Truck of the Year title during the debut weekend. Michael says that so far, winning the Goodguys title is the most memorable experience, but there should be many more great experiences to follow now that the truck has finally hit the street.

Facts&Figures
Michael Hall / Dallas, Texas / '69 Chevy C10Chassis

Chassis
Frame:
'69 Chevy
Modifications: 3" Z-Step(Front), C-Notched(Rear), Custom Crossmembers, Fully Boxed
Chassis Builder: Owner
Rearend / Ratio: 9-Inch Ford / 3.50:1
Rear Suspension: Airbags
Rear Brakes: Lincoln Disc
Front Suspension: '86 Chevy Truck, 3" Dropped Spindles, Airbags
Front Brakes: '86 Gm Disc
Master Cylinder: Chrysler
Steering Box: '86 Gm (Power)
Front Wheels, Size: Boyd Coddington-Genesis 5, 17x8
Rear Wheels, Size: Boyd Coddington-Genesis 5, 17x9.5
Front Tires, Size: Pirelli Scorpion P-Zero, 255/50zr17
Rear Tires, Size: Pirelli Scorpion P-Zero, 285/60zr17
Gas Tank: Owner-Built, 24-Gallon Behind Rear Frame

Engine
Year And Make:
'02 Chevy ZZ4
Displacement: 350 Ci
Camshaft: Hydraulic Roller
Heads: Gm Aluminum
Valve Covers: Gm
Manifold / Induction: Gm / Tuned Port
Ignition / Wires: Gm / Taylor Wires
Headers: Joe Smith Jr. (Equal Length)
Exhaust / Mufflers: Owner-Built 2" Stainless / 18" Stainless Mufflers

Transmission
Make And Model:
Gm 700-R4
Modifications: By Jeff Richardson, Dallas
Shifter: Gm Column Shift

Body
Body Style / Material:
Pickup / Steel
Manufacturer: Gm
Fenders Front / Rear: Gm
Modifications: Cab And Doors Stretched 6", Custom Grille Opening, Custom-Built Bed, Tailgate And Rear Fender Steps, Dash Extended 6", Bear-Claw Latches
Hood: '67 Gm
Grille: Owner-Built Custom Stainless
Bed: Owner-Built, Widened, Double-Walled, '96 Chevy Floor, Bear-Claw Latches
Bodywork By: Owner
Paint By: Zig Ebel, Dallas
Paint Type / Color: Ppg / Silver (Metalflake Mixing Base)
Headlights / Taillights: Juliane Tri-Bar Halogen / Custom
Outside Mirrors: Custom
Bumpers: Front Bumper Narrowed And Rear Roll Pan Fabricated By Owner

Interior
Dashboard:
Custom-Built By Owner, Extended 6"
Gauges: Vdo
Stereo / Speakers: Pioneer (Head) / Sony (Amps, Speakers, And Subs)
Air Conditioning: Vintage Air
Steering Wheel: Budnik Stringer
Steering Column: Gm Tilt
Wiring: Owner
Seats: Infinity G30 Buckets
Upholsterer: Seat By Johnny Canty, All Other By Owner
Material / Color: Ultra-Leather / Red
Carpet: Gross Point

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