One of the coolest aspects of the hobby of custom vehicle building is that any person of any age can enjoy it. This 1965 Chevy C10 is an example of custom trucks needing no age requiremet. Jason Hayes, of Kingwood, West Virginia, is only 22 years old and has been building this truck for four years. He's received help from people his age all the way up to his grandfather and great uncle. After four years, he is not quite done but definitely making headway.
To start off, the rear portion of the frame was boxed and notched for plenty of axle clearance. Belltech 3-inch drop spindles, modified control arms, and a one-off two-link with homemade Watts link make up the suspension while Contitech 2600 'bags provide the air-ride. Those airbags are filled by a Sanden engine driven compressor, which provides quick fill-ups for non-stop cruising. Making the C10 forever slammed, Jason cut the floorboards for a 1-inch body drop. With the air out of the 'bags, the ultra-low truck swallows up a set of Boss 22x9.5-inch wheels inside Goodyear Eagle GT 265/35R22 tires under the front fenders and matching Boss wheels with Toyo Proxes 265/40R22 tires out back.
Under the hood, a 350ci small-block is equipped with March Performance serpentine pulleys, an MSD ignition, Hedman headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust system help the Bow Tie make plenty of power. Old-school finned-aluminum valve covers, breather, and air filter cover provide nostalgia for this 45-year-old project. The battery has been moved behind the seat for more room under the hood. The enigne is attached to a TCI 350 Turbo transmission with a 2,200-stall converter. All together, this setup should provide mile after mile of reliable cruising and dragging.
Moving to the sheetmetal, Jason wanted smooth body lines so he shaved the door handles, bed seams, gas cap, driprails, and bed stake pockets. Other body mods include shaving and tubbing the firewall, fabricating trailer fenders to cover the rear tires, moving the brake booster and master cylinder under the dash, and adding a roll pan out back. Opting out of standard taillights, Jason went with '59 Caddy lights. To finish off the bodywork, Jason's grandfather and Great Uncle built a raised oak bed floor for a truly classic look.
The final parts of this project include updating the interior, painting the exterior and showing off the hard work. Jason has an awesome machine, and it can only get better from here. He wanted to thank his mom and dad for everything, Ethan for doing everything that he didn't want to do, Tyler, Matt, Kyle, Kevin, Mike, Nick, Colin, and everyone else involved.