During the build of a truck, nothing is really set in stone. Even when you have your heart set on something, everything can change. In the case of Robert Rivera and his 1970 Chevy C10, all he wanted was a nice, 'bagged daily driver. For this, he took the truck to OCD Body and Chassis, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and quickly decided to pull all the stops out and go full-build on his Bow Tie.
For a killer suspension, Jamie Seuberling at OCD, started by boxing the frame front to rear. He then added 2-inch drop spindles with custom arms and Firestone 2600 'bags up front. To bring the rear down to the Florida pavement, the factory springs were replaced with a matching pair of 2600 airbags. To fix the problem of the axle shifting due to the factory Panhard bar, it was scrapped in favor of a KP Components Watts link. Giving Robert a fool-proof air control setup, an Accuair E-Level system was installed to control all four 'bags. To wrap up the chassis, four Fusion Nitro wheels were wrapped in Capitol Sport tires, size 265/35R22.
To accomplish a clean exterior, just about everything but the door handles was shaved. The doors and bedsides were unsalvageable, so duplicates were ordered from Southern Kentucky Classics. Between the bedsides, a full sheetmetal bed was built with wheeltubs incorporated. A cutaway in the bed reveals the rear end, Metal Worx fuel cell, and compressor and tank mounts.
Robert wanted to keep the interior clean and simple. This involved wrapping the bench seat in black leather with white tuck 'n' roll leather inserts, all held together with red double-stitch. The floor is covered in black carpet.
There is still a ways to go on this build, but Robert has definitely hit the ground running. He is very thankful for all that Jamie has done with his truck and is excited to see what is next. We commend Robert for going outside his comfort zone and deciding to go all the way with his truck.
Just The Facts
Year Make Model:
1970 Chevrolet C10
Owner and City/State:
Robert Rivera • Lehigh Acres, Florida
Type: 1970 Chevy 350 ci
Induction: Factory round filter
Exhaust: Sanderson stainless steel headers
Fuel System: Holley carb
Built by: OCD Body and Chassis • Port St. Lucie, Florida
Rearend: Chevy 10-bolt
Front suspension: 2-inch drop spindles, custom control arms, Firestone 2600 'bags
Rear suspension: Factory trailing arms, KP Components Watts link, Firestone 2600 'bags
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x10-inch Fusion Nitro
Tires: 265/35R22 Capitol Sport UHP
The bed is a place where Jamie could show his creativity on this build.
Under the hood, the factory 350ci motor received a few added touches like a polished alter