With its huge aftermarket support and endless enthusiast backing, the Chevy C10 is the perfect blank canvas upon which to create a custom ride. Now, we’re checking out this slammed 1971 Chevy C10, which hits the road with a plethora of tasteful upgrades and bespoke touches.
This particular Chevy C10 was built over a three-and-a-half-year period, and started as a long bed model. However, by the time the current owner got, the truck was already converted to a short bed.
The Chevy C10 is all simple, straight lines, and the builder enhanced that aesthetic with gorgeous custom blue paint by Pete Santini. Chrome and matte detailing add to the look, including a subtle, but effective hand-engraved design for the door handles. One-piece windows and deleted sideview mirrors clean it up even further.
This Chevy C10 is slammed to the pavement over AccuAir suspension, rolling on black Budnik wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber. The rollers are sized at 24 inches by 9 inches in front and a massive 24 inches by 15 inches in the rear, the latter of which runs an absurd 405-section tire in back. Naturally, the bed was raised and tubbed out to accommodate.
Making it move is the naturally aspirated 6.0L V8 LQ9 gasoline engine from a 2004 Cadillac Escalade. The ‘eight now makes a bit more thanks to a new cam, Holley’s mid-mount accessory drive upgrade, a Holley Sniper intake and fuel rails, and a stainless steel exhaust system feeding a Borla muffler. Side pipes are seen just ahead of the rear wheels.
Peak output on the dyno is set at 375 horsepower at the wheels. The LQ9 feeds the rear axle through the 4L65 four-speed automatic transmission. Under the skin is a chassis by Porterbuilt Fabrication, which, according to the owner, makes the truck drive like it‘s brand-new.
This is one very slick-looking Chevy C10, so dive into the details in the video below: