This C10 was in Dean Alexander’s family for years, serving as his grandfather’s daily driver when Dean was a kid. It was sold in 1986, but Dean tracked it down in 1999 and began the long restoration and modernization process.
Dean dropped the truck off in Brookhaven, Mississippi, where Larry Kimble, at Smith Brothers Collision Center, shaved the gas filler from the cab, removed the antenna, and shaved the emblems. The gas filler is now hidden behind the driver-side marker light. The factory vent windows were tossed in favor of powered, one-piece side glass from Brothers. Jon Thames applied the Sikkens Stone White paint, which is a factory Chrysler color. The Stepside bed was finished with wood and boltless stainless steel stingers from Bruce Horkey’s Wood and Parts. Additional modifications came in the way of Billet Specialties mirrors and ’50s-era Chevy taillights.
Tommy May, of Lamar May Alignment, in McComb, Mississippi, installed Brothers 3/5 drop springs that nestle the truck over a set of Billet Specialties Vintec Dish wheels wrapped in 275/45R18 BFGoodrich rubber.
This is the area where Dean usually goes wild. As an employee of Polk Audio, Dean usually uses the interior of a vehicle to show off just what Polk can do. But, as this is his personal vehicle and audio isn’t the focus, the audio plays a background role. Custom kick panels were fabricated to hold Polk Audio SR6500 6.5-inch separates while four 8-inch Polk Audio Mobile Monitor MM840dvc subs were stashed under the Rod Doors bench seat in an enclosure built by Rick Sellers, from CS Soundoff. An Alpine DVA-9860 head unit and Polk Genesis Series III amps provide the signals and power. The headliner and seat were covered in a mix of Cinnamon Sorbet leather and Sand Ultrasuede by Steve Whitmire and Gwen Berch, also at CS Soundoff. Additional accents come from Lokar pedals, and Billet Specialties mirrors, handle pull cups, and cranks. Cruises are kept comfortable thanks to Vintage Air.
A 1990 ZZ4 small-block was rebuilt by Tommy May. With Vortec heads, a Comp cam with 262 degrees of total duration, Flowtech headers and an Edelbrock Performer intake, the 355ci mill pumps out torque over a wide RPM range. It’s perfect for cruising.