Las Vegas, NV
'82 Chevy Stepside
If you've ever been to a chassis dyno session, then you know how serious it is. For those of you who haven't partaken in this aggressive and loud display of horsepower, you should know this: When you strap down your truck to the rollers of an in-ground chassis dyno, you are subjecting your ride to an incredible amount of stress because the traction between the rollers and the rear tires is amazing. The industrial-strength ratchet straps and chains used to hold the truck in place barely budge under the force of brute torque, and it's a rare occurrence that the rear tires ever lose their grip. Put simply, you need a ton of power to burn out on a chassis dyno. Kevin Moloney's '82 C10 smoked the BFGs during its session at NRP in Las Vegas before the computer spit out a telltale figure: 750 hp.
Right off the bat, we love this truck because it's got 750 ridiculous horsepower. That's sideways-in-the-intersection, scare-the-bejeezus-out-of-little-old-ladies-at-the-bus-stop, make-the-hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-stand-up horsepower. Beyond the ponies on tap, the engine and drivetrain installation is as sanitary as it gets. Doc Brown couldn't go back in time in the De Lorean and build a cleaner truck than this even if he had 10 flux capacitors and an extra Mr. Fusion. The hand-formed, twin-inlet air intake is functional and beautiful, and the smoothed-out engine compartment is immaculately detailed. Put simply, you could lick the GM Performance Parts cast-aluminum intake manifold without catching a case of carb-cleaner syndrome.
Of course Kevin's truck is shiny and powerful, but it's not just a pretty face. Kevin's been wrenching on sport trucks since his high-school days in 1977, and since then he's developed a love for drag racing. Pro-11 is his baddest truck to date though. He made sure to strip its underpowered guts and leave no area untouched, tapping the talents of Vegas-area truck builder, Misha Munoz, for the build. Kevin's requirements were to find the biggest motor and best transmission in GM's catalog and then drop those into a wickedly clean and capable chassis. The body, paint, and interior would follow suit.
Motorvation comes from GMPP's biggest big-block V-8-the 572 crate engine. It inhales fuel and air through a Barry Grant Demon carburetor, and the mixture is lit by an MSD ignition. Spent gases exit the engine bay through Hooker headers and Flowmaster 3-inch pipes. The engine is backed by a stout 4L80E automatic overdrive transmission, a custom-made aluminum driveline, and a Ford 9-inch rearend. Power smacks the pavement through 17x12 one-off Boyd Coddington wheels and BFGoodrich rubber.
The stock chassis was gusseted with 1/8-inch-thick steel plate to resist the urge to twist under the brute force of traction and torque. It was also outfitted with a full air suspension from Air Ride Technologies for maximum adjustability and ride comfort. The disc braking system was updated to slow down the beast after high-speed blasts, and then the chassis was repainted and assembled with polished stainless hardware. Some of the chassis's finer points are the chromed four-link rear suspension and the hidden air system, which doesn't intrude into the bed area.
Less is more in the paint-and-body arena, and Kevin's truck proves it. Instead of altering too many factory lines with an extensive shave job, Kevin chose to leave the door handles and upper cab trim. He did shave the running lights and add both a billet grille and cowl-induction hood however, giving the truck a performance edge. Out back, the bumper was replaced with a roll pan and the tailgate was shaved and reworked to open sideways via a linear actuator. A new wood bed floor was stained and installed along with new wheeltubs from a Fleetside and smooth sheetmetal to add the perfect finishing touches to otherwise classic styling.
Up to this point, Misha Munoz's shop, Divine One, was responsible for giving Kevin's ride a fresh lease on life, so why stop there? Misha sprayed DuPont Fire Apparatus Red over the entire truck and then went deep inside the cab to up the ante. Late-model Chevy Silverado bucket seats received new covers made from leather and suede materials as did the custom center console and new door panels. Dakota Digital gauges took up residence in the dash and console to keep tabs on vital engine and suspension readings. A Pioneer head unit was relocated to the center of the custom dashcover, and Kicker L7 subwoofers found a home in the rear of the console. All told, Misha stuffed six speakers and two amps into the C10's cab.
There's a line in the famously bad movie mockumentary of rock bands, Spinal Tap, that epitomizes the mantra behind Kevin's latest build. In the movie, the band's lead guitarist tries to convince a documentary filmmaker that his guitar is the loudest in the world because the volume knob on his amplifier goes to 11 instead of 10. This is definitely not a Spinal Tap moment for Kevin. Indeed, his truck is a true 11 in a world full of 10s.
GM Performance Parts 572-cid crate engine / AOD 4L80E transmission / hand-fabbed 3-inch air intake with K&N filters / Demon carburetor / Hooker headers / Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust / MSD 6AL ignition system / custom aluminum radiator / Optima RedTop batteries / steel-braided plumbing throughout / chrome alternator / billet pulleys
By: Misha Munoz at Divine One, Las Vegas, Nevada
Front: 17x9 one-off Boyd Coddington
Rear: 17x15 one-off Boyd Coddington
Front: 200/45ZR17 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW
Rear: LT345/55R17 BFGoodrich Sport Truck
Front: Air Ride Technologies Strong Arms / ART 2,600-pound airbags
Rear: ART four-link / ShockWave 9000 sleeve 'bags
Accessories: ART Big Red electric air valves / two Viair 215C air compressors
Chassis: Smoothed and painted / plated with 1/8-inch steel and C-notched / four-wheel disc brakes / every nut and bolt is polished stainless steel
By: Misha Munoz
Rear wheel wells have been tubbed / side-swinging tailgate on a linear actuator /Bruce Horkey wood bed floor
BY: Misha Munoz
DuPont Fire Apparatus Red
BY: Misha Munoz
Chevy Silverado bucket seats re-covered in leather and suede / custom center console and door panels / Dakota Digital gauges / Empire billet accessories / custom headliner / Billet Specialties Psycho steering wheel
BY: Misha Munoz
CD head unit / Kicker 700.4 amplifiers / Kicker 10-inch L7 subwoofers / Kicker 65.2 RS-series component speakers
By: Misha Munoz
Misha Munoz and Kevin Moloney Contracting