Driving a truck is one of the great freedoms in life. With the horizon in front of you and a wide-open road, the possibilities are limitless. For Cliff Anderson of Hurst, Texas, driving his '85 C10 is one of the best parts of his day. 'Bagged low enough to lay pinch weld, his square-body looks the part of a show truck, but when the ignition is fired and the modified 350 ci roars to life, the party is just getting started. When it came time to part ways with his custom Camaros and Mustangs, Cliff wanted a truck that could do everything at a high level, so he found a good candidate for sale and worked hard to make it his own.
The '85 Chevy was picked up from a guy who obviously knew how to weld, as the frame was boxed, a skid plate was added to protect the engine from dragging sessions, and the front framerails were Z'd for an extra-low stance. Firestone 'bags and ½-inch valves keep the square-body one flip of a switch from slammed to normal ride height. While the suspension was pretty much dialed in, Cliff needed to address the powertrain, body, and interior.
Motorvating the C10 is a 2010 Chevrolet Performance 350ci small-block with LT4 rods, a .450 lift cam, and Edelbrock intake with Holley carb. Ceramic-coated shorty headers connect to 2½-inch exhaust and end with Flowmaster mufflers. It's nothing fancy, but when we asked Cliff how much power the engine made, his reply was, "enough." Of course, the built TH-350 transmission makes the most out of the power thanks to a Hughes Performance shift kit, 2,200-stall converter, and performance clutches. For added show points, Cliff added fabricated aluminum valve covers, a billet March Performance Revolver serpentine pulley setup, and a chrome air cleaner.
Looking at the body, Cliff switched gears and got to work making the exterior match the performance of the drivetrain. The driprails, factory moldings, and firewall were all shaved for a clean aesthetic. A rear roll pan was welded in place and a large billet grille was installed up front to give the Chevy a custom look. With the tranny tunnel raised for clearance and front wheeltubs fabricated, the entire truck was sprayed GM Wave Blue by Lucid Paint in Mansfield, Texas. The final mod to the exterior of the truck was the addition of 20- and 22-inch Boyd Coddington Intrigue wheels that were chrome-plated so Cliff never has to polish the billet again.
Moving inside the square-body's doors, Cliff had Autosound of Bedford, Texas, install an audio system worthy of any gearhead. Starting with an Alpine deck, two Alpine amps send power to a pair of 8-inch JL Audio subs in a wedge enclosure behind the seat. Kicker 6½-inch components in the doors provide the mids and highs. With the audio handled, Cliff wrapped the dash in red ostrich leather, covered the factory bench seat in black and red vinyl, and had the billet gauge surround wrapped in synthetic carbon fiber. Vintage Air A/C keeps the cabin cool and an old-school three-spoke steering wheel keeps the traditional vibe intact.
Ready to lay out or cruise in style, Cliff's C10 is a great example of a truck built mostly at home that can be driven Monday to Friday and shown on Saturday.
I never could have completed the truck without the help of my friends. - Cliff Anderson
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
1985 Chevy C10
Owner and City/State:
Cliff Anderson • Hurst, Texas
Type: 350ci V-8
Induction: Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, Holley billet carb
Exhaust: Ceramic-coated shorty headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Built by: Cliff Anderson
Transmission: TH-350 with Hughes Performance shift kit, 2,200-stall converter
Front suspension: McGaughy’s drop spindles, frame Z’d, ½-inch valves, Firestone airbags
Rear suspension: Triangulated four-link, ½-inch valves, Firestone airbags
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8 and 22x10 Boyd Coddington Intrigue
Tires: 255/35R20 and 285/35R22 Nitto NT-555