Robert "Bobby D" Doza
South Houston, Texas
'69 Chevy C10


Have you ever heard the joke about what happens when you play a country song backwards? Your get your truck back, your dog back, and your wife back. Bobby "D" of Houston, Texas, didn't play this song backwards, so his dog never came back and the wife is still long gone. But, the truck never left and it has been crafted into a show-winning piece. Bobby calls his ride the Truck From Hell, mainly because building it cost him his wife, and it just sounds evil at the top of the Rs.

Like most gearheads, Bobby got started at the young age of 12, building models and admiring his uncle's '32 Ford. The fire really got stoked when a family friend asked him to drive the tow car for a '57 Chevy racecar. Bobby couldn't even see over the dash, but he towed the car and fell in love with smell of race fuel and burnt rubber. Things were pretty tame in Bobby's automotive life until he returned home from Vietnam and purchased a Honda motorcycle that ran on 50-percent nitro. He kept building two-wheeled screamers, which included a 10-second Shovelhead Harley with a slipper clutch that he drove on the street.

Many years later, it was time to build something fast on four wheels. He traded a '92 Suburban for a clean '69 Chevy with the initial intention of just tubbing the rear to hold a set of 31x18.5 rollers and placing a big-inch small-block under the hood. Well, after making those modifications the rest of the build snowballed from there. During the late nights in the shop hammering away on the truck, Bobby's wife decided she had had enough and left him with his truck, which she called his mistress. His dog also decided to take a hike, but luckily his son and daughter stayed around and kept him on track by constantly giving encouragement to finish the truck.

When Bobby couldn't do something on his own, which wasn't very often, he would enlist the help of one of his friends. Since he hangs with guys who own outlaw dragsters and such, the talent pool was pretty deep. Having those kinds of friends pushed him to do stuff like build a 421ci small-block and set a 6-71 blower on top of it.

His combination puts out 850 asphalt-shredding ponies that run through a TH400 trans and a hand-fabricated rearend with Strange components. The rear suspension has been redesigned for a set of Competition Engineering ladder bars in an attempt to wrangle all of those horses.

All of this power is wrapped in a pretty package thanks to a few well-placed body mods, arrow-straight bodywork and 18 coats of paint. It took eight months to get the truck out of the body shop, but the end result was well worth the wait. The interior of the truck is pretty simple upon first inspection, but once you look a little deeper you see that the dash has been shaved of any unnecessary vents and the radio. The plan was not to have a radio in the truck, but when Bobby got docked points at his first show because of the lack of tunes, he slipped a head unit where the heater controls originally resided. A fully painted eight-point rollcage snakes in and out of the cab providing a rigid place to mount the Simpson seatbelts.

The truck was finally completed late in 2008 and Bobby took it to 24 shows and came home with 24 trophies. Don't think these are little Podunk shows either. We are talking events like the AutoRama in Houston where he received the Best in Class award. These shows have strict rules and judges who know what they are looking at and don't give out trophies willy-nilly like. We asked Bobby what shows he'll attend next season and he replied, "The 1st annual sit on my couch and watch TV show. I'm just going to have fun driving my Truck From Hell."

The 411
Engine/Drivetrain:

'69 400ci block bored and stroked to a 421ci / Weiand 6-71 blower with black ceramic coating / ported and polished World Products Sportsman II heads / Canton Racing valve covers / splayed main caps / Lunati 9.5:1 pistons, stroker crank, and a roller cam / dual Holley 750cfm carburetors / custom headers with 2-1/4-inch primary tubes into 4-inch exhaust pipes with 44 series Flowmaster mufflers / MSD 6AL ignition box and 8.5mm wires / '62 Corvette distributor with MSD guts / TH400 transmission with a B&M shift kit / 10-inch, 3,000 rpm stall converter / custom-built rearend with Strange 4.57 gears and 31-spline axles / CCP master cylinder / custom stainless steel brake lines / aluminum Be Cool radiator / Moroso fuel filter / Optima Red Top battery
By: Bobby D, Wolf Coating (ceramic coating), Kevin Bickerstaff (exhaust), Mike at All Trans Transmission in Houston (transmission) and Ronnie Wells

Rims:
Front: 15x8 American Racing Torq Thrust
Rear: 15x14-1/2 American Racing Torq Thrust

Tires:
Front: 28x10.50-15LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros
Rear: 31x18.50-15LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros

Suspension:
Front: JW Rod Garage Mustang II-style front end with tubular A-arms / 10-inch QA1 coilover shocks with 350lb springs / owner replaced the JW crossmember with a hand-built piece to give more clearance

Rear: Competition Engineering ladder bar suspension / 12-inch QA1 coilover shocks with 200lb springs / Strange four-piston disc brakes

Accessories: 20-gallon fuel cell

Chassis: Entire frame boxed in / 2x4 square tubing back half / custom-made front crossmember
By: Owner / Ronny Wells

Body Mods:
Shaved drip rails, firewall, heater vents, radio opening, and marker lights / full custom bed floor / head unit relocated to heater controls area / bed sides smoothed for no tailgate
By: Owner, Ronnie Wells, and Willy Rios at 552 Customs

Custom Paint:
PPG Viper Red
By: Willy Rios at 522 Customs, South Houston, Texas

Interior:
Eight-point rollcage / stock bench seat modified to fit around cage / seat and door panels covered in red and black vinyl / Auto Meter gauges in a Covan's Classic carbon-fiber cluster / B&M Magnum Grip Pro Stick with a B&M line lock on a custom mount / Billet Specialties Outlaw steering wheel / ididit steering column / Simpson seat belts
By: Owner / 552 Customs

Audio/Video:
Kenwood head unit / Pioneer 6x9-inch speakers
By: Owner

Club:
Sick Rides

Special Thanks:
"A special thanks to my son Robert Cody, Ronny Wells, Kevin Bickerstaff, Willy Rios at 522 Customs, and the rest of my friends who helped me spend money on this project."

The Build
What initially started as a minor tub job snowballed into a full pro street build. Competition Engineering ladder bars and 10-inch QA1 coilovers hold up the hand fabricated 9-inch style rearend. The front was upgraded with rack 'n' pinion steering, tubular control arms, and 12-inch QA1 coilovers. Motor plates hold up the 850hp small block and an eight-point cage tighten up the frame. The body received 18 coats of PPG Viper Red after the sheetmetal was blocked straight.re.

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