Not all trucks are created equal. Some trucks just look better than others. This is true for trucks from the factory and custom trucks alike. Sometimes over the top looks really good, while other times, excessively simple looking trucks are the ticket. Casey Heichberger of Santa Ynez, California, built this 1968 Chevy C10 himself in his boss’ welding shop. Casey’s dad bought the truck for him when he was thirteen and Casey began building it about five years ago. Through trials and tribulations, Casey taught himself how to weld, fabricate, and paint in order to build this truck exactly how he and his dad wanted it.
A lot of bodywork went into making this C10 look smooth and elegant.
Casey started by pulling the body off of the frame. From there he tore the frame down, cut a bridge-notch into it, and boxed it for strength. Before bolting on the suspension he coated the frame in satin black undercoat. He started bolting the suspension on with the factory control arms. Onto these he bolted a set of 2-inch drop spindles and Monroe shocks for pothole relief. A pair of Contitech ’bags fed by ½-inch line and ¾-inch valves were installed up front as well. For the rear setup, Casey used triangulated trailing arms with heim joints. He then bolted another set of Contitech ’bags onto the trailing arms with a matching set of Monroe shocks. For wheels, Casey chose a set of 22-inch Budnik Chisel wheels with tires coming in at 235/30R22 up front and 255/30R22 out back.
Moving to the engine, Casey utilized the factory 327ci V-8 but brought it into the 21st century. Casey first had the engine rebuilt by Tom Green of Rural Machine, in Lompoc, California. The rebuild included a new Comp Cams cam for a bit more power and new Chevy 202 double-hump heads. A set of aluminum pulleys adds an elegant touch while headers add a rowdy exhaust note. The power then is fed through an upgraded 350 transmission and shortened driveshaft. A relocated Optima battery makes sure the engine always turns over.
The simple, black suede bench seat and lap belts add to the classy look of this truck.
With the power taken care of, the body needed to be worked on and that is exactly what Casey did. After making sure all of the dents were removed, he began shaving unnecessary components. Some of these included the door handles, driprails, tailgate handle, cab seam, bed stake pockets, and side markers. He then rolled the cab seam under the rocker panel for a ¾-inch further drop. The tailgate was molded to the bed and a roll pan was welded to the rear. The bed floor was then raised and tubbed. With the body straight, shaved, and clean, Casey laid down several coats of Ellis Bright Safety Red paint. With a freshly painted truck, Casey installed a set of custom, one-piece taillights and one-off aluminum hood hinges made by Monte Rock of M&J Engineering, in Goleta, California.
The last thing for Casey to update was the interior. Casey, being 6-foot 3 inches tall, needed a bit more room, so he built a frame for the bench seat from scratch to accommodate his height. He then had the seat wrapped in black leather and suede. Black carpet adds to the classy look while a red painted headliner and dash contrast nicely. A Budnik Beveled Sport half-wrap steering wheel finished off the interior. Casey could then turn his attention toward the audio system. He first had to modify the dash to fit a double-din Pioneer head unit. To this he added a pair of 6.5-inch Pioneer separates, nothing extreme, just quality sound.
Sometimes simple is better. Casey built an amazing looking C10 and is extremely proud of it. He wanted to thank Budnik Wheels, Monte Rock, his boss Rod Simmons, and most of all his dad and brother for all of their help and support.