Second Go Round
After trailering and campaigning his ’84 Chevy C10 for a short while, Le Phong decided to sell his squared pride and joy. Now enter Mark Espino from Houston. Mark had learned of Le’s square-body through a mutual friend. Mark was not a real die-hard square-body fan, but when Mark found out Le was selling his C10, he decided to check it out. After seeing the truck, Mark had to have it for his collection. Mark’s pet peeve is that he doesn’t trailer anything. His custom vehicles were all built to drive.
To make the C10 more driver friendly, Mark made some minor changes. The suspension was fine-tuned and a pair of wider Budnik Diamond Light 22x12-inch rear wheels were fitted with a pair of chubby 325/25ZR22 Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber. The TH350 automatic transmission received a more drivable 3,000-stall converter done by Noe’s Transmissions and the healthy 355ci engine was detuned. Because Mark drives his custom rides everywhere, a Vintage Air system and control panel was installed. Moises Gurerrero, at Hot Dogs Customs in Houston, was responsible for installing and wiring the Kenwood Navi flip-up head unit. It sends signals to a JL 300x4 amplifier that in turn control the mids/high that were installed in the kick panels and A-pillars. The thunderous JL 13.5-inch subwoofer was grafted into a ported sub enclosure next to a JL 500x1 amplifier to power the sub. Both were hidden behind the bench seat. Mark replaced the one-piece side windows with functional factory wing/vent power windows.
This beautiful ’84 C10 Chevy will be a nice added piece to Mark’s performance collection that presently consists of a ’55 Chevy BelAir, ’68 Camaro, ’67 Nova, ’66 Lincoln convertible, and a ’57 Chevy pickup with Apache fleetside bed that we featured a few months ago, plus his new SRT Hemi, Charger and Challenger.
Mark would like to thank Bobby and Le of Rheas Chevy, Drops R Us, Jose Pena, Moises Guerrero, and Hot Dog Customs.