As truck guys, we often have a hard time staying satisfied with the status quo. In our minds, if something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing, and we frequently obsess over the details of our project trucks. Matt Hodgins, a student at California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California, shares this philosophy. Never able to leave things alone, he started gradually modifying his '64 Chevy C10 in his garage, and the result is the killer blend of classic and custom seen here.
Under the hood resides the original 283ci V-8, which is upgraded with a 700-R4 automatic t
After picking up the Chevy in 2010 with a Stepside bed and a mere 83,000 miles on the clock, Matt decided this old truck needed a new stance. With this in mind, he bolted a new set of six-lug CPP drop spindles to the front end, including disc brakes for extra stopping power. Then, the factory coil springs were replaced by Firestone 2600 'bags and CPP shocks. Initially, the rear was C-notched, but Matt soon decided to switch to a fully boxed back half, which he fabricated from 2x4x3/16-inch tubing. A custom four-link with ¾-inch chromoly heim joints stabilizes the rearend, and Firestone 3000 'bags and CPP shocks finish off the rear suspension. Finally, Matt wanted a unique wheel setup, so he hunted down four 20-inch Infiniti QX56 spare steel wheels, giving the C10 a tough look when laid out.
The remainder of this build is still in progress, and it currently retains the factory 283ci V-8 and original vinyl interior. However, Matt has made a few changes to the powertrain, adding a modern 700-R4 automatic in place of the original four-speed manual transmission, upgrading the ignition system, and welding up a new Flowmaster exhaust that exits through the bedside. A custom double-cardan driveshaft runs to a six-lug GM 12-bolt rear axle, which houses shorter 4.10 gears for quicker acceleration.
Finally, Matt focused his attention on the C10's body, swapping the Stepside bed for a sectioned and shortened Fleetside longbed. An LMC Truck steel roll pan was welded on, and then the truck was sprayed in black and grey primer by Matt's neighbor Gary. Although the truck turns plenty of heads as-is, Matt tells us he's nowhere near finished. First on the itinerary is a Z in the front framerails for a bigger drop, and then he plans to add a big back window to the cab. Further in the future, he's planning on a fresh coat of teal paint, and a 454ci big-block to replace the tired factory motor. We can't wait to see how this clean classic Chevy turns out. Matt would like to send a big thanks to Bill at Dynasty Coachworks for supplying him with parts, as well as his friends and family for their support.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
1964 Chevrolet C10
Owner and City/State:
Matthew Hodgins • Vallejo, California
Type: 283ci small-block V-8
Fuel System: Factory two-barrel carburetor
Ignition: MSD distributor, HEI coils, Mallory plug wires
Transmission: 700-R4 automatic, custom double-cardan driveshaft
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 4.10 gears
Front suspension: Six-lug drop spindles, Firestone 2600 'bags, CPP shocks
Rear suspension: Back-halved and boxed framerails, custom four-link with ¾-inch chromoly heim joints, Firestone 3000 'bags, CPP shocks
Brakes: Six-lug front disc brake conversion, factory rear drums
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8-inch Infiniti QX56 steel spares
Tires: 245/35R20 Capitol Sport UHP