This truck may look like a shiny black show truck with big wheels, but there is more to it than on the surface. Chris and Selena Couto from Canyon Country, California, spent five years building their '63 Chevy C10 project. Talking with Chris, he laughed and said, "the truck started out as a $400 investment from the desert in Palmdale, California, and turned into a one-of-a-kind, metal sculptured masterpiece."

To start the project, Chris teamed up with Cary Iaccino at IF Customs in Sylmar, California. Cary was responsible for designing and building the frame. Constructed from 2x4-inch mild steel tubing, the rails were Z-notched up front and super step notched in the rear. The frame was painted BMW Silver and all the suspension components were powdercoated black. The next step was to sandwich a pair of Belltech 2 1/2-inch drop spindles between the upper and lower control arms and two ContiTech 2600 airbags were teamed up with Rancho 9000 shocks to take care of the front suspension. An '84 Chevy power steering box was installed to assist with directional changes.

A four-bar and Watts linkage was used for the rear suspension that supports the GM 12-bolt rearend. The Vintage Air A/C compressor was used to feed air to the floating suspension system. To do this, 3/8-inch diameter steel air lines were linked to the ContiTech 2600 airbags. All of these changes required a new brake system that started with a CCP Corvette Master Cylinder that feeds the Stainless Steel Brake Company (SSBC) dual-piston calipers. Up front, 13-inch rotors were used and in the rear 11-inch rotors were installed. To complete the suspension modifications, the C10 rolls on a set of chrome 22-inch Detata Siphon wheels that are wrapped in Kumho 265/35R22 rubber. Once the frame and suspension mods were completed, Chris switched his focus to the drivetrain.

Chris knew he needed help to complete this part of the project and he enlisted his friend Jerry Woodside to help build a Chevy 350ci small-block in his garage. Their goal was to safely produce the most torque and horsepower from the engine. The engine block and cylinder heads were sent out to be cleaned and machined while the internal rotating components were precisely balanced in an effort to eliminate any vibration. An Edelbrock Quadra-Jet carburetor was bolted to an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and to provide cranking power, a Mean Green high-torque starter was used in conjunction with an Optima Yellow Top battery.

To ignite the power and deliver the electrical energy, an MSD coil, distributor, 6A ignition box, and 8mm ignition wires were installed. A set of Enos Components polished billet aluminum pulleys were used to snake the serpentine belt through the pulley system. The engine is exhausted by a pair of Gibson 1 1/2-inch-diameter stainless steel headers that were bolted up to the cylinder heads and flow into a Gibson 3-inch stainless steel exhaust system and Gibson mufflers. A rebuilt 700-R4 automatic transmission was used to transmit gear changes to the 12-bolt rearend, which was stuffed with Richmond 3.73 gears and a posi unit. Now that the drivetrain was built and good to go, the body modifications were next on the list.