Once the truck's suspension was sorted out, Bill worked to get the truck moving under its own power. A 350ci Edelbrock crate engine was selected for its compact size and big output. With its E-Tec heads, stainless steel Hedman headers, and Edelbrock dual pattern camshaft, which has .539 inches of lift on the intake and .548 inches of lift on the exhaust; the engine puts out 435 hp. With the solenoid of the Edelbrock plate nitrous system wired to kick in at wide-open-throttle, an extra 100 hp is on tap. All of the power is handled by a Bowtie Overdrives Stage-3 700-R4 transmission and an NP205 transfer case. The transfer case is also where you'll find the stand-alone disc parking brake.
All Around Auto Body delivered the sheetmetal, after countless hours of buffing, and we think the effort shows. Black paint doesn't leave room for error, and the panels were perfect. It was then in the hands of Joe Alconaba and the crew at Monterey Auto Stereo & Upholstery to begin on the interior. Step one was covering the cab floor, firewall, rear wall, and roof with Dynamat. From there, they fabricated a full-length center console and door panels out of MDF. The rear of the console holds a Boston subwoofer, while the midrange and tweeters mounted in the doors are all McIntosh. McIntosh was also sourced for the head unit that was mounted inside the dash, and the amps mounted underneath the seats. A second Pioneer head unit, an AVIC-Z1, was mounted below the dash and in the center console, and it is used for navigation and to play DVDs. Their final tasks were to reskin the Pontiac GTO bucket seats in black leather and lay down Mercedes-Benz black wool carpet. Back at Natale's, Classic Auto Air A/C controls and a No Limit instrument panel filled with Auto Meter gauges were mounted into the dash. The last piece was a Flaming River waterfall steering wheel.
We were completely blown away by this truck. The crew at Natale's, along with All Around Auto Body and Monterey Auto Stereo, put all they could into building the best K10 possible. Since the build was documented, you'll be able to see more photos later in this magazine. Go to page 133, to see more of the details that make this truck so special.