A common story we hear many times when talking to truck owners is their father was always into cars or trucks so the owner grew up wrenching on them. It's certainly understandable that a father's influence can lead an offspring into this hobby. Jesse Aldridge follows this lineage to a "T." Having a father who always had muscle cars kept Jesse wrapped up in the hobby his whole life. One exception arose and that was his taste for trucks instead of cars. After building an S-10 Blazer, Jesse's sights were back on the classics and he located this 1972 Chevrolet C10 as his next prize.
The idea was to build an eye-catching ride that could turn some heads, have a little "go," and be able to be driven nearly anywhere without worry. This truck has all that in spades. The frame under the truck was kept totally stock with nary a cut or weld in sight. Factory replacement front coil springs work with 3-inch drop spindles to get the truck down a bit. Matching the 3-inch lowering in the rear was achieved with lowering coils. Nitro Drop shocks all around keep the bumpy Tennessee back roads under control. You can never go wrong with the hot rod style of Torque Thrust wheels so Jesse chose 17-inch versions and Michelin tires for his ride. Creating the rumble is a Vortec 350 sourced from a '98 Chevy truck. Factory power wouldn't do so the engine was bumped to 355ci, and stuffed with Eagle Rods, a Callies crank, and Comp cam. The stock iron Vortec heads were treated to a port and polish job before being topped by an Edelbrock intake manifold. There are a lot of open roads in the South so an overdrive 700-R4 was installed and matched to a 3.73-geared rear fit with a Posi. Flowmaster 40-series mufflers give the rumbling 355ci mill a voice.
The quintessential muscle look of yesteryear is flames and this truck doesn't disappoint. PPG Flame Red is hot licked by a classic white to orange flame fade outlined in bright blue. The door and tailgate handles are gone, as is the fuel filler from the cab corner. A billet grille and cowl hood graces the nose of the Chevy. More chrome and billet fill the interior. The dash has both the gauge cluster and glovebox door refit with aluminum, while the window cranks and door handles are made of the matching metal. A red leather bench seat flows perfectly with the red carpet, but for contrast, gray tweed was added to the door panels, kick panels, and dash cover. Keeping pace with the humming of the small-block is sound gear from Panasonic and Polk Audio.
We would hope that Jesse's father would be one proud papa. What dad wouldn't be happy knowing that he passed on to the next generation, the gene making us all do what we do for fun? Apparently during the photo shoot it came to light that a 502ci crate engine was sitting in the corner of the garage awaiting installation. Hopefully enough time has passed that Jesse has added more "go" to match his "show."