Keeping it Simple with a Slammed C10 Pickup

Published December 28, 2016

Lowered trucks have always had a certain appeal to me that is hard to place my finger on. Something about how simple vintage pickups are, combined with how well they retain their functionality even when heavily customized. A truck is basically an engine, a cab and a bed. As long as those basic traits remain, then the rest is really just up to the driver. In this case, the driver is a man by the name of Brandon Harlin.

When Brandon got his hands on this 1969 Chevy C10 Longbed, he knew right away that it needed some work. Rocker panels, floor pan, corners, and actually most of the cab needed to be replaced due to rust.

With all of the chopping and welding going on, why not take the opportunity to Z the frame up front and notch it in the rear to let those fresh new rocker panels get better acquainted with the pavement? Still wanting some practicality out of his truck, Brandon opted for air suspension to raise and lower the truck as needed.

I like that all of the air suspension gear is hidden underneath that gorgeous wooden truck bed. It keeps everything looking clean and adds a cool vintage touch.

Furthering that theme, the exterior is a nice two-tone flat black and white (with gold flake, of course) with pin-striping on the front, back, and dashboard.

As far as performance goes, the suspension and drivetrain have seen the most improvement. The suspension is now obviously just airbags and shocks all around, providing a much smoother ride than the factory leaf springs. The engine got bored out to 355 cu. in. and received a number of upgrades that also shine it up a bit. For instance, there are now billet aluminum valve covers, Vortec heads, and a Holly Street Fighter carb tucked under the hood.

While there are still some opportunities for Brandon to improve the truck here or there in places like brakes, steering, and interior amenities (currently there is a fan mounted to the steering column), this truck does a good job of embodying what makes customized trucks awesome. This truck can turn heads at a show and still comfortably take you to work or the hardware store or anywhere else you need to go. It’s still a truck.




Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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