When you're starting a project, you have to have passion for the vehicle. It's similar to meeting and dating someone new. If there's no chemistry, what's the point in pretending? Robert Wallace of Cleveland, North Carolina, found an old farm truck that was on the fast track to a salvage yard. But, there was just something about it that drew him in, chemistry. Sure, he paid little, but the truck he desired was a late-'60s Chevy C10.
Not long after Robert bartered for the rusty Stepside, he dismantled the body panels from the foundation. He replaced the front subframe with a '76 Chevy 1/2-ton with disc brakes, Belltech 2-inch drop springs, Belltech 3-inch drop spindles, and Speedway short shocks. Then, he narrowed the rear framerails, using 2x6-inch box tubing, to make way for the 21.5-inch-wide tires. Holding the rims and tires in place is a coilover and ladder bar rear suspension setup that holds the shortened Ford 9-inch rearend, stuffed with 4.56 Richmond gears. To finish off the chassis, Robert secured the steering system, steering column, and brake system from a '76 Chevy, as well.
Moving on to the motor, Robert realized he had no interest in renewing the straight-six powerplant, so he picked up a 350 small-block and started by punching it out 0.030 over. Then, he packed it full with all sorts of goodies, such as Crane solid lifters, rockers, and a two-grind bumpstick. But, the fun doesn't stop there, because he also added forged rods and pistons, with the whole package fired off by MSD. With a solid foundation, it was time to bolt on the Dyers polished-aluminum intake manifold, with a polished-to-perfection Dyers 6-71 blower being fed by a pair of 750-cfm double-pumper carbs. Robert backed the engine with an '85 700-R4, which he optimized with a TCI 3,000-stall converter and trans cooler, controlled by a Hurst shifter.
As the title implies, this truck was a farm truck, so the C10's exterior needed massive help. Robert opted to haul the body panels and chassis to Dean Custom Paint and Body for some down and dirty bodywork. Hours passed by, as the crew meticulously massaged away the rusty sheetmetal, while welding and smoothing patch panels wherever necessary. They frenched the stereo antenna, molded in a roll pan, and cleaned up the tailgate. With his metal craft complete, Dean grabbed a can of Sea Green that he skillfully applied over a Chroma basecoat. Once the paint had cured, Robert installed the polished aluminum floor and stainless steel bed-strip kit. Then, they wired the pickup with a Painless wiring harness.
Now that Robert had a running pickup, he took the truck over to One Stop Custom Shop for an impressive interior. The crew replaced the vinyl dashpad with leather dyed tan. They trimmed the electric bucket seats in tan leather, as well as the door panels and headliner. In addition, tan wool carpet was used to cover the cab floor, and an '87 Camaro center console was used to house the multiple gauges and Hurst shifter.
Apart from enhancing comfort in the interior with the planned addition of an air-conditioning system, Robert's C10 took three years to build. If you happen to see Robert cruising around town, be sure to wave and enjoy the low, eye-grabbing appearance of his C10. But, don't ask him to race, unless you want to hear the truck scream or to get a better look at those taillights.
Robert Wallace / Cleveland, North Carolina
'68 Chevy C10 Stepside
350 four-bolt main / bored 0.030 over / Crane 296 two-grind cam, solid lifters, and 1.5 Gold Race Extruded rockers / Dyers aluminum intake manifold, with 6-71 blower / two Holley 750-cfm double-pumper chrome carburetors / Hilborn-style scoop / Billet Specialties valve covers / Manley forged rods / Hedman Hedders headers / Speed Pro forged pistons / Melling H.V. oil system / Moroso chrome oil pan / MSD ignition, distributor, and retard selector / billet pulleys, alternator, and braided lines / '85 700-R4 three-speed with overdrive transmission / Hurst shifter / Hays HD Flexplate / TCI 3,000-stall converter and transmission cooler / Corvette servo unit / B&M Shift Improver Kit / Painless Wiring kit
By: Robert Wallace / Gary Lomax / City Transmission
Front: 15x6-inch Weld Racing
Rear: 15x17-inch Weld Racing
Front: 195/60R15 Road Hugger GT
Rear: 33x21.5-15 M/T Sportsman
Front: '76 Chevy 1/2-ton front suspension, disc brakes, and tilt steering column / Belltech 4-inch drop spindles and 3-inch coil springs / Speedway short shocks
Rear: '76 Ford 9-inch narrowed 43 inches / 4.56 Richmond gears / Art Morrison ladder and track bars / Carrera 1,650-pound coilovers / '76 Ford rear disc brakes
Chassis: 2x6x1/4-inch custom back half
By: Robert Wallace / stepbrother, Dean
Tilt bed / rear roll pan / custom rear wing / 3-inch body channeling / raised bed floor / frenched antenna and foglights / custom cowl hood / front grille modified for turn signals / Tri Bar front headlights / polished aluminum bed floor and stainless steel bed-strip kit
By: Dean Custom Paint and Body
DuPont Chroma basecoat / Sea Green with Dark Green and Spectra Master Green flames
By: Dean Custom Paint and Body / Robert Wallace
Custom three-way electric bucket seats and door panels, wrapped in light- and dark-tan leather / painted dash with tan-dyed dashpad / tan leather-wrapped Weld Racing steering wheel / '87 Chevy Camaro center console / Auto Meter water, oil, amp, blower pressure, and vacuum boost gauges / tan loop pile carpet
By: One Stop Custom Shop, in Cleveland, North Carolina
JVC cassette head unit / JVC 6-inch and 6x9-inch speakers
By: Robert Wallace
His wife, Pam, stepbrother, Dean, Gary Lomax, and all his friends who helped him along the way