Not a really a restomod, the 1972 Chevy K10 seen here is more of a what-if-we-did-everything-you-ever-dreamed-of-to-your-old-K10-work-truck. Beginning with a rust-free body, this optional utility bed-equipped Chevy K10 was taken down to bare metal for a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration/modification.
Repainted in PPG Lead Foot Gray and Heron White with blacked out trim, the truck now sports a bit more contemporary look. All the glass and weatherstrip are new, carrying the illusion of a brand-new truck a step farther.
The inside of the utility bed was restored, with the wood floor of the bed stained black. The boxes on the utility bed have been powder coated inside and are lit by LED backlights. A custom-made rear step bumper has been fitted.
Suspension is far beyond anything that would have come on a stock Chevy K10. American Racing bead-lock style wheels shod with 37-inch BFGoodrich tires are hung from 8-lug Dana axles. A full off-road setup featuring TIG-welded custom-fabricated crossmembers, suspension hangars, shackles, and FOX 2.0 shocks. A custom 3-inch stainless exhaust breathing through MagnaFlow mufflers handles the expended gases.
The engine bay is an exercise in show-ready tidiness, and much like the Radiohead song, it has Everything In Its Right Place. There are no errant wires running about. The firewall has been smoothed and painted glossy gray. This Chevy K10 is propelled by a rebuilt 454 cube mill painted in Hugger Orange. The Big Block is fed by a Holley Demon Delivery fuel system, putting power to the ground through a Turbo 400 trans and NP209 transfer case. The valve covers have been hand-pinstriped with a font similar to that of vintage Chevys. Modern A/C has been fitted, and stainless-steel tubing has replaced a traditional radiator top hose running to a Griffen aluminum radiator. A black Wilwood brake booster is an upgrade from the original unit. An Optima Red Top battery takes up residence in the front passenger corner.
The interior of this Chevy K10 is home to a modern recovered bench seat, likely from a newer Chevy truck. Carpet is of the dark gray loop variety. The dash has been covered in contrasting stitched gray leather. Gauges and dash have been lovingly restored. A modern sound system has been installed.
The entirety of this Chevy K10 is far too beautiful to ever use for a work truck again, much less take off-roading. But that isn’t the point of something like this. This was to show what was possible, to present the best version of the truck, and that was done wonderfully.
This Chevy K10 will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in March of 2021.