Picking up this '84 C10 for $350 in the Spring of '04, Scott Doane was the proud new owner of a truck with a blown engine, leaking automatic transmission, hammered body, and beat interior. The truck may not have been in optimal condition for driving, but for a project truck, it served the beautiful purpose Scott had in mind. The truck went from salvage yard to show circuit stud in just two short years. We can appreciate the huge makeover, but then again, Hill's Hot Rods in Lubbock, Texas, is used to turning scrap into gold.
Hill's Hot Rods was the first and only place Scott took his C10 to. This decision was an easy one, as Scott is also a Lubbock resident and sees the Hill's crew rolling around town in nice rides all the time. The teardown process was quick and mostly painless. The rebuilding process, however, would turn the truck into a real C10 stunner. Up front, Hills Hot Rods added DJM 3-inch drop spindles, Firestone airbags, and Air Ride Technologies shocks. Twenty-inch Bonspeed Crokus billet wheels with BFGoodrich tires were bolted onto the spindles, and look right at home under the front fenders.
Out back, a super C-notch, Air Ride Technologies 4-bar with Panhard bar and Firestone `bags bring the bed down over the 22-inch Bonspeed wheels. A '91 Chevy TBI engine was dressed with ceramic Flow Tech headers, Flowmaster mufflers, and several painted and billet pieces. The Bow Tie engine is backed by a 700-R4 and GM 10-bolt with 4.11 gears. An '87 Blazer 20-gallon gas tank keeps precious fuel ready for the small-block.
Hill's Hot Rods is known for truck bodywork and Scott's C10 doesn't disappoint. LMC Trucks was used for the new steel body panels, including the doors, fenders, bedsides, and tailgate. Gone are the door handles, cab seams, marker lights, stake pockets, and the tailgate was smoothed and welded shut. The '91 Suburban front grille shell and headlights freshen up the '84 body, while the custom flush C10 taillights add to the wild side. Auto Air Colors were then mixed and sprayed to the arrow-straight surface, including silver, blue, green, with flames, water effects, shadows, and graphics. A Gaylord's XP-2000 lid keeps the bed area covered.
Inside the `84's doors lies a gray Katzkin-leather-covered interior, built by Fisher Trim and Jimmy Davis at Vision Audio. The '62 C10 steel dash has blue-tinted gauges, serves as the mounting point for the custom center console, and is the backdrop for the one-off billet wheel by BAD. Jimmy Davis hid all of the window switches and air ride controls, and then placed the radio controls in the center console. JL Audio amps mounted in between the Suburban seats power the JL Audio components in the custom door panels and the JL Audio sub in the custom enclosure behind the seat. Vision Audio is responsible for the clean audio work.
From almost a goner to a truck Scott is completely proud of, this C10 had a real adventure. Scott is quick to thank his wife Aimee, sons Tyler and Trevor, and the talented people who helped him to achieve his dream truck.