Custom cars often present some of the builder’s background and interests, and this particular 1973 Chevy C10 Square Body is one great example of that. The builder, Scott “Chappy” Chaplin, works as a painting contractor, but also likes to build trucks as a hobby. He also used to do a fair amount of off-road racing. However, after sinking a ton of money into his passion, Chappy decided to learn how to build trucks for himself.
“I had ideas in my head of doing more stuff,” Chappy explains. “Finally, I was like, I want to build something on the street.”
Under the body is a fully custom B&G chassis fabricated by Glen Dederick, a friend of Chappy’s, which includes fully adjustable suspension front and back. On top of these bones, Chappy dropped the Chevy C10 body and installed a full roll cage. Chappy then dipped into his off-roading history to source further components, such as the engine, exhaust, wiring, and the like.
“There’s a lot of off-road details in it,” the builder states.
Power is sourced from a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LS3 gasoline engine, which is upgraded with Holley EFI, a CBR radiator and cooling system, and a big cam. Spent gasses exit through an RPM Powersports exhaust system. Output is estimated to be around 600 horsepower, all of which is harnessed by an upgraded GM 4L60-E transmission and sent to a Winters nine-inch rear end. A set of manual Wilwood brakes help to throw the anchor, while Speedway suspension, QA1 shocks, and dirt track ball joints are found up front.
“It’s just simple, but works good,” the builder states.
Outside, we see a set of Munssey Speed heat extractors in the hood, made from carbon fiber. The body panels are covered in a factory Toyota gray, per the builder’s off-roading roots. A set of 18-inch US Mags roll in the corners.
“It’s got no mirrors on it. It’s a half street truck, race truck, out to dinner,” Chappy says. “I wanted that combination.”
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