The Chevy C10 pickup is a bona fide classic, providing the basis for countless restomod builds that seek to put a distinctive spin on the platform. Now, we’re checking out this truly unique Chevy C10 presented with real copper plating.
The Chevy C10 restomod is the subject of a new feature video from the folks at AutotopiaLA, clocking in at just under 27 minutes.
The truck belongs to Daniel from Signature Performance, who says the story behind his copper-plated Chevy C10 centers around his sobriety.
When Daniel graduated high school, he inherited a 1970 Chevy C20 from his uncle, who died of alcoholism at the age of 33. Daniel and his father got to fixing up his new truck, but Daniel ended up losing it due to the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.
After getting sober, Daniel wanted to celebrate a decade of being clean by building a Chevy C10. As a surprise, Daniel’s wife and friends ended up purchasing a 1970 GMC C15 and gifting it to him for his nine-year sober birthday. The C15 was in pretty rough shape, so Daniel ended up purchasing an unfinished frame, which provided the foundation for the truck featured here.
Underneath, there’s an original factory chassis and upgraded front cross member, as well as new motor mounts, upper and lower arms, and air bag mounts, plus a four-link suspension setup in the rear. Power steering and Wilwood brakes keep it easy to drive.
Daniel’s Chevy C10 currently cradles a 5.3L V8 plucked from a 2002 Chevy Tahoe, which connects to a 4L60-E transmission. The engine was upgraded with all new internals and a new cam, while up top, there’s a long list of parts from Holley. Output was dyno-tuned to make 392 horsepower at the wheels.
Of course, the truly standout bits are around the exterior, where copper plating was added to the bumper, grille, headlight housings, wheel rims, taillight housings, and bed. The copper was matched with deep black paint, and the look is simply gorgeous. Further copper accents were added in the plush interior as well.
Check out the full Chevy C10 build right here: