By Rob Fortier
Images by Jorge Nuñuz
Published by Classic Trucks Magazine
You know, it wasn’t too long ago that good, old ’73-’87 Chevy C10s were cheap and plentiful; now they’re few and far between and priced out of sight when you do find a halfway decent one. I actually recall a time in the not-so-distant past when i could drive through my own neighborhood and spot at least a couple if not more solid square-bodies (not including the number of long- beds still being used by landscapers and the like), but today, the one that remains, well, let’s just say the owners watched a bit too much automotive reality TV based on their response to “Is it for sale?” inquiries.
Square-bodies are still out there, no question – you either pay an arm and a leg for a nice one, or spend the time making a cheap one nice, which is a whole lot easier these days thanks to an aftermarket ripe with restoration and performance parts. And unless you’re not willing to invest in the time and labor, that’s where things can balance out … plus you end up with a C10 built to your tastes, not someone else’s.
Our latest Week to Wicked project should serve as an example of the potential those beat-up Chevys slowly deteriorating out in a field, in the corner of a salvage yard, or alongside a neighbor’s house still possess. Sure, LMC Truck could’ve found a nicer C10 to start with (as well, they could’ve found one much worse), but that would’ve been too easy – especially for Adam Holderman and his team at AA Customs, who were tasked with resurrecting the ’85 short-wide’s dilapidated exterior.
Officially dubbed the LMC Truck C10 Nationals Week to Wicked, the five-day transformation of the square-body was relatively straightforward, thanks in part to the truck’s non-welded crossmembers. Despite the air hammer rattling ear drums from knocking all the rivets loose, they allowed Heidts front and rear suspensions (Heavy-Duty Superide II/Four-Link) to bolt right up, get outfitted with CPP Big Brake kits and HydroStop power steering, and get rolling on American Legend 18-inchers with Falken Azenis radials in no time.
The exterior got a quick refresh before the week was over, most of which involved installing all the bits and pieces from LMC: shiny new bumpers and grille, retrofit LED lights front and rear, and replacement trim pieces.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “I’d sure like to own a truck like that one day …”, well that one day could be May 5 – that is, if you just so happen to find yourself at the 2018 C10 Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway. LMC will be giving the ’85 C10 away to one very lucky winner, which could be you. Time’s a tickin’, as the weekend of May 4-5 is just around the corner.