Bobby Mast of North Port, Florida, bought himself a nice '79 Chevy C10 and took it upon himself to build it with just the help of some friends. Working out of his two-car garage, Bobby is about halfway to a badass show truck that he will be able to look at and say to himself, "I built that."
After bringing the truck to its new home, Bobby started the build by separating the body and bed from the frame to complete the stock-floor body drop. He then boxed the whole frame for strength and rigidity. From there, the suspension went on. Once the suspension was bolted in place and the brakes and wheels were on it, Bobby could focus his attention on the body.
Rather than risk going too simple or too radical on the body, Bobby found a nice midpoint. This consisted of shaving the tailgate and door handles, mirrors, gas filler door, and driprails. He also raised the bed floor up to accommodate the notch in the rear. After welding in a roll pan out back and molding a Harley Davidson pop-up style gas filler, Bobby removed the factory front clip and bolted on an '84 front end that he then filled with a horizontal billet phantom grille. The sheetmetal work is not limited to the outside though.
Inside the C10 cab, the transmission tunnel has been extended outward to give the tranny and driveshaft breathing room. A trick feature is the dash from a 1967 Impala that Bobby stretched six inches and welded in place. Soon to come is a custom bench seat covered in black leather and suede. A Vintage Air system will keep the inside cool in the Florida heat. When asked what the stereo system will consist of, all Bobby said was, "the motor," which is one of our favorite soundtracks as well.
Speaking of which, it will be a naturally aspirated 454ci engine backed by a Turbo 400 trans. The motor will have a March pulley setup, an Edelbrock intake and carb, as well as a Thumper cam. That should be enough to smoke the Kumho tires. Other future plans include a candy brandywine paint scheme with black ghost flames and a pine wood bed floor.
It is refreshing to see someone actually do the work on their own vehicle instead of dropping it off at a shop and picking it up six months later. Bobby said the best part of the build was working in his garage with his three-year-old daughter helping out. He wanted to send a shout out to R.J. at Eye Kandy Designs for the rendering, Michigan Metal Works, and all his friends who helped get the truck this far.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 1979 Chevrolet C10
Owner and City/State: Bobby Mast North Port, Florida
Type: 454ci Bow Tie
Exhaust: Gibson long-tube headers, Flowmaster exhaust
Fuel System: Nitrous Works
Built By: Kurt Pollard
Transmission: Turbo 400, B&M shift kit
Front suspension: Custom arms, DJM spindles, SS-8 'bags, Rancho shocks
Rear suspension: Triangulated four-link, C-notch, SS-8 'bags, Rancho shocks
Brakes: Baer six-piston front calipers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x10-inch Dub Dirty Dog 5
Tires: Kumho Ecsta 295/30R24 and 305/30R24