We often times forget what other countries are doing, but when we got an email from Marcus Walther, in Denmark, we got a custom truck smack upside the noggin. His '69 GMC C10 proves we need to step outside of our comfortable U.S. bubble and see what the rest of the world has to offer. After finding out he took a perfectly good truck already featured in Truckin back in 2007 and then worked hard to make it his own, we couldn't help but appreciate the end result that much more.
Purchasing the truck from a resident in the United States back in 2008, Marcus wanted to make this truck his own but in order to do so, he needed to change just about everything on the GMC. Marcus, owning a tint shop, was no stranger to custom vehicles, and always liked classic trucks, especially those of the American variety. His dream truck was a '67-'72 C10 and now, with one in hand, all he had to do was transform it.
Marcus took the truck to a shop to have it torn down and rebuilt. After only a few weeks the shop flaked on him and decided they didn't want to finish the project. Marcus then sought out the help of another shop only to have the same thing happen again. Now with his dream truck in pieces, Marcus was about to scrap the whole thing. It wasn't until an old friend of Marcus' came to his aid and offered to help him finish the build.
Since the truck was already in pieces, Marcus and his friend, Dennis, could get to work on the frame. They fully boxed the frame and ran the air and fuel hoses inside the rails. Several body parts were replaced with LMC Truck duplicates. Finally, most of the body was shaved before covering it in DuPont Torch Red paint. The interior was gutted and all of the upholstered pieces were changed from lipstick red to beige. A new steering wheel from Billet Specialties and new Auto Meter gauges finish off the inside of the cab.
Marcus and Dennis spent every waking moment outside of work, completing the teardown of the Bow Tie. Spending over a year finishing the truck, they almost lost their significant others. As Marcus so eloquently put it, “Dennis' girlfriend was about to go insane, my wife hated the truck and had grown horns, and I hadn't spent the quality time I should have with my kids.” Hence, the name “Marriage Breaker” is quite fitting.
After a year, a long one at that, Marcus and Dennis had tightened the last bolt and sprayed the last drop of paint and the truck was done. Dennis was extremely happy with the finished product, even though his wife won't ride in it with him. Marcus claims that he will keep this truck and it is the last project of this magnitude he will complete. That is until he was asked about a 1966 Nova powered by a supercharged LS2…oh the joys of being a custom car nut. Marcus wanted to send a thank you to Dennis Lovgreen for helping him complete his dream, his wife Mia and the kids for all of their patience, and also his father-in-law.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 1969 GMC C10
Owner and City/State: Marcus Walther Copenhagen, Denmark
Type: GM Performance Parts 502ci
Exhaust: Hedman Headers, Flowmaster muffler
Cooling: Be Cool radiator
Fuel System: FAST EZ-EFI
Transmission: TCI Super StreetFighter four-speed
Rearend: Auburn Gear Pro Series 3
Front suspension: CPP 2-inch drop spindles, Firestone 'bags, Ridetech coilovers
Rear suspension: Custom three-link, Firestone 'bags, Ridetech coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch rotors, six-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5-inch and 22x10-inch Asanti ELT-144
Tires: Nitto NT555 245/35R22 and 285/35R22