For those holding an AARP card, you have grown up with early-model trucks and know of their cool custom potential. The long legacy of the '48-'52 Ford F-1s, the '53-'56 F100s, the '48-'55 and the later '55-'59 Chevrolet customs have been repeated over and over. As of late, it seems the popularity bar has been raised. We have seen the trend advance into the late '50s, '60s, and '70s. Early-model custom trucks have become a new discovery for many custom-truck enthusiasts under age 30. It is great to see that early-model trucks have become accepted by the hobby's young guns.

One of those young guns, Elon Ahal, is a 24-year-old from Van Nuys, California. He is a Sergeant in the Marine Reserves and has admired early-model custom trucks since high school. After throwing down some hard-earned cash, he found himself loading up a '67 Chevy C10 Fleetside pickup on a borrowed trailer and dragging it home. His project's journey began with thumbing through a mountain of magazines, catalogs, and searching the Internet for ideas and parts to build his '67 he named Nightmare.

The foundation of '67 Nightmare is the factory '67 1/2-ton frame that was disassembled and given a Classic Performance Products (CPP) rear-axle housing frame notch before it was sent out to be sandblasted and then powdercoated satin black. To achieve an aggressive lowered stance, Elon decided to install a CPP 4/5 static drop kit, using QA1 Precision Products front and rear gas filled shocks. Bill Markel of Bonfire Racing in Lancaster, California, installed a CPP transmission, a crossmember, and a CPP dropped center crossmember.