Jeff Spencer * Beaumont, Texas
'84 Chevrolet C10
When it comes to building trucks, we all dream of creating the perfect show vehicle that is so clean it shocks all and graces the cover of a magazine. It is good to dream, but practicality is a key factor in customizing a truck. Not everyone has the time or the money to create the world's most beautiful truck. Instead of beating yourself up over not being able to create an insane truck, a good suggestion would be to take it lightly and make something that you would enjoy.
Jeff Spencer realized all of this when he attempted his first major project and failed to finish it. Still new in the scene, he tore apart an '84 Chevy C10 like this one, thinking that he could make it the baddest thing around. Once it was in pieces with the suspension work already done, he became conscious of how long it was going to take for him to get it done. By that time, he had lost enough interest to salvage whatever parts he could and scrap the rest to a steel yard.
Still determined to build himself a square-body Chevy, Jeff found his next victim. It was this very '84 C10, which was fairly stock and complete. The only problems were that his friend Ricky owned it and the motor was blown. With $2,000 and some begging, Jeff was able to convince his friend to hand the truck over to him. Jeff knew he had to get the truck running again before he lost interest in it. To fix this, he convinced a neighbor to sell him a rebuilt 350-cid small-block out of an inactive pickup. Once the motor was in and fired up, he was back on track.
At that time, Jeff gained some painting experience working at a local collision shop. Although he started off as a helper, he also picked up the skills to straighten the body on his C10. Feeling confident in his work, Jeff went ahead and shaved the firewall, door handles, driprails, roll pan, and fuel door. When the truck was straight and in primer, Jeff coated it in Electric Blue and topped it off in clear. When it was out of the booth, he realized that he wanted to add a little more to the paintjob. So, Jeff had his friend Eric Davis of Edge Custom Wear lay down a set of flames for a break between the Electric Blue and black. With the paint sprayed on, Eric came back to pinstripe the flames in a bright orange before clear.
Although most people have paint done after heavy mods like adding air ride to prevent damage, Jeff went ahead with paint while it was in his hands. Since the folks at Ekstensive Metalworks could set up the suspension to lay frame without scratching it, Jeff brought the truck to their shop. While on the lift, it was set to lay frame on a set of 22-inch Intro wheels with 35-series Yokohama tires. In the front, the frame was Z'd and a custom set of control arms was made. On the rear, the frame was notched for the rear axle, and a two-link with Panhard bar was put in place of the factory leaf springs.
The truck was definitely shaping up at this point. All that was left in the bed was to get some wheeltubs from Car-Line Manufacturing and a color-matched bedliner from Distinctive Rides. With some upholstery work and a few detail pieces added on the interior, this truck was finished to Jeff's liking.
Though it is not something that will be on stands with the wheels off to show meticulous detail work, this Chevy is built to Jeff's liking, and that's all that really matters since he owns it.
350-cid Chevy small-block V-8 bored 0.030 over with forged pistons / Comp Cams camshaft / Edelbrock valve covers, intake manifold, and 650-cfm carburetor with air cleaner / Mid-County Alternator custom alternator / Hedman headers / custom exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers / 700-R transmission / Chevy 10-bolt rearend
Front: 22x8.5 Intro Pentia with 5 inches backspacing
Rear: 22x10 Intro Pentia with 5 1/2 inches backspacing
Front: 265/35R22 Yokohama
Rear: 285/35R22 Yokohama
Front: Custom control arms made 1 1/2 inches shorter on each side for turing radius / Belltech drop spindles / custom steering linkage / Firestone 2600 airbags / Gabriel shocks
Rear: Two-link with Panhard bar / Firestone 2600 airbags / Gabriel shocks
Accessories: 1/2-inch GC 450 valves / 1/2-inch copper hard line / two nitrogen tanks
Chassis: Front clip Z'd 2 inches / rear step notch
By: Ekstensive Metalworks, Houston, Texas
Shaved firewall, driprails, door handles, and fuel door / '88-'91 Chevy Suburban front end / Sir Michaels roll pan welded on / clear marker lights / color-matched spray-on bedliner by Distinctive Rides
BY: Autobody Excellence, Nederland, Texas
PPG Electric Blue, black, and clear / House of Kolor Lime Time Green flames with bright orange pinstriping
By: Owner (two-tone) / Eric Davis at Edge Custom Wear (flames)
Rear bench seat from a '98 Chevy Tahoe with Katzkin cover / door panels shaved of handles and armrests covered in vinyl with painted billet trim / Billet Specialties Cheyenne steering wheel / LMC Truck carpet kit
By: Auto Stitch, Beaumont, Texas (upholstery) / Accent Glass & Upholstery, Beaumont, Texas (bench seat)
Alpine CDE-9843 head unit with two 3-1/2-inch speakers in dash and two 6x9-inch speakers behind seat
Tasco Auto Color of Beaumont, Texas, for donating the paint; Rick Chance at Autobody Excellence for helping with all of the bodywork and letting him use the shop for many nights and weekends; Ekstensive Metalworks, Eric Davis, Ricky Bloss, Derrick Servis, and all of his other friends who helped along the way; and wife Kathleen for putting up with all of the late nights and weekends it took to build the truck