Ray Aquit understands what it means to be a car guy. His list of previous customs reads like a laundry list of cool: 1967 Chevy Camaro, 1933 Ford hot rod, and a 1991 Acura NSX with a turbo. Now that the formalities are over and Ray has passed the custom car test, let’s get to the real nitty-gritty of why we wholeheartedly embrace him in the custom truck world: He is now the proud owner of this classic yet crazy 1972 Chevrolet C10. Seeing truck guys cruise around his hometown of Coral Gables, Florida, with their air suspensions and big wheels, Ray started a search for a ride that would pop his custom truck cherry.

His search ended when he tracked down a fairly solid Chevy C10 with a few upgrades here and there. Those upgrades didn’t stay too long, as Ray had in mind something much more custom. A complete Porterbuilt Street Rods front and rear suspension replaces the factory hardware, and with the Accuair air-ride system controlling the Firestone airbags, the C10 can easily tuck 22-inch Billet Specialties wheels wrapped in Nitto tires. As the customized license plate reads, Ray wanted a truck that could reliably cruise low. A complete refresh of the ’72 454ci big-block and TH400 automatic make every ride a joy.

Cruising low means turning heads, and Ray wanted a paint scheme that would pay homage to the factory design but do so with a modern interpretation. Retaining the factory wood trim, the truck was given a two-tone paintjob using 2010 Camaro Synergy Green and the OEM white. New wheel tubs and a raised bed floor look like factory pieces thanks to the matching green paint covering the bed.

Rather than go overboard on the interior and audio, Ray kept things functional with a Retrosound hidden head unit, and a complete audio system from Alpine, including an Alpine sub under the bench seat. Vintage Air A/C keeps the cabin cool during those hot Florida summers, while Auto Meter gauges keep an eye on the engine’s vitals. A billet steering wheel from LMC Truck caps off the simple yet custom interior.

It took more than 17 years for Ray to finally customize a pickup, but the wait was worth it. When we asked him why he built the Chevy C10, he simply replied, “For my personal use.” It’s hard to argue with building a truck just for fun, especially one as nice as this daily cruiser.

Inside the C10, a black vinyl bench seat serves as command central while listening to Alpine tunes, checking out Auto Meter gauges, and gripping an LMC Truck billet wheel.

Built more for reliability than looks, the big 454ci V-8 does have a painted block, Holley carb, and Be Cool aluminum radiator.


Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1972 Chevrolet C10
Owner and City/State: Ray Aquit / Coral Gables, Florida
Engine
Type: 454ci big-block V-8
Induction: Edelbrock intake and Holley carb
Exhaust: Hedman Jet-Hot–coated headers, MagnaFlow mufflers
Built By: Ray Aquit
Drivetrain
Transmission: TH400 auto
Brakes: Discs (front) and drums (rear)
Chassis
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt Street Rods Dropmember, Porterbuilt tubular A-arms, Firestone airbags, sway bar
Rear Suspension: Porterbuilt Street Rods Dropmember, Firestone airbags
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8.5 (front) and 22x9.5 Billet Specialties Vintec (rear)
Tires: 255/35ZR20 (front) and 285/35ZR22 Nitto NT555 (rear)