Jonathan Garcia got into the truck customization scene when he bought a Nissan Hardbody in '95 and, "customized everything on it." His older brother, Steven, also had a thing for trucks, and his V-8 powered '53 Chevy five-window always seemed to draw more attention than the tricked-out Nissan. Soon, Jonathan was on the lookout for a classic that was in need of an overhaul and in '04, Jonathan and Steven found the '68 Chevy you see here. Missing a grille and with rust holes in the fenders, it was in need of a lot of bodywork, but there was one aspect of the truck that worked well: the engine. Jonathan's mom christened the car by doing a burnout.
Jonathan, along with his brother Steven and his father, Steve Sr., stripped the truck down to its frame, cleaned it up, and boxed the C-channel for strength. They planned on painting it, but Jonathan's neighbors knew a powdercoater that owed them a favor, and suggested they give him a call. Soon the frame was looking better than new and was ready for the Classic Performance Products (CPP) suspension and brakes that were waiting in Steve Sr.'s shop. A C-notch in the rear made way for the CPP tubular arms to drop the truck using Firestone 2500 'bags. Replacing the factory in-cab tank is a new tank behind the rear axle, nestled between the framerails. For the front suspension, more CPP parts were bolted up, including tubular upper and lower control arms, 21/2-inch drop spindles, and another matching set of Firestone 'bags. To finish up the chassis, CPP disc brakes were installed on each corner.
Steve Sr. was put in charge of freshening up the '80s-vintage 350ci small-block, and he might have gone a bit overboard. A set of Edelbrock heads and ceramic-coated Doug's headers improve breathing, and a TRW rotating assembly put compression at 11:1, but the real heart of the V-8 is a Comp 294S cam. With 294-degrees of duration and .525-inches of lift at the valve, this solid lifter cam lets people know it means business with a loping idle and the telltale clatter you only get with solid lifters. Steve bolted the engine to a Turbo 350 transmission with a B&M shift kit, set it in its new home on the C10's frame, and bolted a 21/2-inch exhaust and Flowmaster muffler onto the headers.
Once the Spartan interior, fit with an Intro billet steering wheel, billet gauge insert, and Autometer gauges, was completed, the family could stand back and admire their handiwork. Jonathan and Steven were no longer in competition, as they finally had eye-popping trucks to show together. Truly a family affair.