Cory Scott translated his truck-building hobby into work by starting Kustom Werx Paint & Body, in Conroe, Texas. That doesn't mean that the humdrum of fixing dings and dents has bled the thrill from his automotive pastime. On the contrary, the best part of waking up may very well be motor oil in his cup. OK, maybe not, but if you had to sum up his experience building the 1985 Chevrolet C10 that you see on these pages, then you could simply say: He loved start-ing it and hated finishing it. Work or play, building trucks is fun.

Besides painting the truck PPG Tangier Orange, Cory didn't dress up the exterior. The black, vinyl, and velour interior is mostly stock, too, except for the orange color carried over from the exterior to some of the dash, a vintage-style head unit from Custom Autosound, and the switches for the air suspension set into a custom housing on the dash and to the right of the steering wheel. No, Cory decided to preserve the overall classic C10 look of the truck and focus on laying out the suspension and endowing the engine with gobs of power.

Cory did all of the work on this truck except for the engine. This truck was the first time that Cory tried to install an entirely new and upgraded engine, so he left it to a couple of other guys (Bill and Matt Steincamp) to apply their expertise to the job. They started with a 1979 small-block Chevy V-8, added Powerhouse rods and pistons spun by a solid crank, added a Comp cam, and capped it with Dart heads. An Edelbrock Performer intake sucks in the O2, while Headman headers route exhaust along 2-1/2-inch pipes to a two-chamber Flowmaster muffler. An MSD ignition and Stinger battery round out the powerplant mods.

Mated to the motor is a 700R4 four-speed transmission that drives the 10-bolt, 4.11-ratio Chevrolet rearend. The buildup of the engine took six months of knuckle-busting work and was the one area of the truck that took the most time to complete. Wiring it, installing the HVAC system, and smoothing the firewall were among the most challenging aspects of the job, as was lowering the block 1-1/2 inches in the engine compartment. That had to happen because the tranny was sitting too high in the Z'd frame and, therefore, butted against the floor of the truck. Challenges aside, Bill and Matt managed to put together a hard-working mill that grinds 475 hp at the crank.

We just mentioned that the front of the frame was Z'd and it received a modification total of 2-1/2 inches. Cory also stepped the rear by 7 inches. Custom upper mounts accommodate the front Firestone 2600 airbags, while the rear suspension is a custom-built four-link raised and lowered by the same kind of 'bags. Two Viair 380c compressors push air through 450-psi GC valves and 3/8-inch copper lines to the airbags. Chrome upper control arms from Barnyard Customs punch up the visual presentation, and 2-inch DJM drop spindles do their part to help the truck lay down. Monroe shocks dampen the bumps transmitted from the 22x10-inch Ronco Boyd Coddington wheels rolling in Nitto NT 285/35R22 tires. Cory sectioned the two stock fuel tanks by 3 inches. All in all, this truck lays down hard.

Cory extends his thanks to those people who helped him make this project happen: his dad (who also helped him happen), Scott Rupp, customizer Bill Carlton at Ektensive, Short Dog, Jeremia Anderson, the Steincamps, James Sexton, Brandon Lowe, Kyle Walquiet, and Trey Scott.