In our current disposable society, we have been conditioned to accept the trend of “out with the old and in with the new.” Led by the field of electronics, where it’s almost always cheaper to replace than repair, we have begun to lose our respect for the past. Fortunately, the hobby of old trucks may be the best exception to that rule. Brad Warren, from Parkton, North Carolina, has enjoyed the connection with his first truck for more than a decade. Transforming his Idaho barn find to trophy magnet has been a series of great highs and occasional lows, but the rejuvenation process shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. First making the connection at the ripe old age of 15, Brad and the $900 ’67 C10 went to high school together. Best of Show trophies would not make their appearance for many years, but Brad knew the potential was there from the outset.
The bumper-to-bumper body makeover began with shaving virtually everything on the exterior, including emblems, door handles, and driprails. Brad molded the front bumper to the body, creating the new square grille opening and grille bars, smoothed the cowl, and added Diamond Blue Dot headlights. The old bed was a little too far gone to salvage and was replaced by a newer, late-model Chevy version, tubbed to clear the tires. A smooth rear pan, canted license plate, and Cadillac taillights brought the looks of the truck into the new millennium. The paint, sprayed by Brad’s friend, Eddy Boyles from Air Graphics in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is bright PPG Yellow Pearl.
A 10-inch C-notch in the rear with a reversed four-link of Brad’s own design locates the axle. A pair of 450 Viair compressors, a five-gallon reserve tank, and 3/8-inch lines and valves feed Firestone 2500 ‘bags in the front and rear. Stopping power comes from Classic Performance 12-inch disc brakes attached to 2.5-inch dropped spindles. 20x8-inch Centerline Rapid Tomahawk rims and Kumho 40-series rubber finish the equation.
Brad began the transformation of the interior with a new sheetmetal dash and white Dolphin gauge package. Tan leather third-row seats liberated from a ’00 Yukon were just the right size and color to blend with the tan carpet and planned bright yellow exterior. Brad chose the XO Vision head unit with 7-inch screen that handles CDs, DVDs, and MP3s. Power for the system comes from a pair of Sony Xplod two-channel amplifiers behind the seats pumping out more than 1,200 watts. The unique fiberglass center console holds a pair of 10-inch Sony subs, augmented by a pair of 6.5-inch component sets in the kick panels and two 6x9 speakers in the doors.
A 350ci engine was fitted with a Lunati cam, Edelbrock 600 carb, Power Plus intake, HEI ignition, Pete Jackson geardrive, and 2.5-inch Hedman Hedders feeding Flowmaster mufflers. A 14-inch electric fan and Griffin radiator kept temps in the green.