In the old days, you'd find a truck like this 1967 Chevrolet C10 and rush to get a new paint job on it, because, of course, everyone else had a shiny truck. Today, however, patina is red hot, so when you find a truck whose look was created by Mother Nature and Father Time, you preserve it instead, creating an awesome look that hides some modern tech within.
At some point, this was an orange truck, maybe even Hugger Orange or whatever they were calling it when they put it on trucks. This pickup has obviously seen the elements, make no mistake about the weathering, it's legit. But the sheetmetal underneath remained in such good condition that instead of stripping and refinishing, they gave it a coat of satin clear that will preserve that aged look virtually forever and makes the overall look easy to maintain. Nothing was improved, restored, or tweaked, they just cleaned it up and hit it with the clear, and we have to say that if you want attention, this truck delivers in a way no $10,000 custom paint job ever could. People will line up to get a closer look at this truck. All the stainless and chrome trim was likewise left original; what's the point of restoring that stuff and putting it on top of that aged paint? It would totally wreck the look. Even the rear bumper was left rusty and the bed's a little beat up, although the wood looks pretty good overall.
The interior, however, has received a full makeover, complete with beautifully stitched black seat covers. Matching carpets and door panels tie it all together, and you'll note that even inside, the original paint was preserved, not wiped out, so someone's elbows have rubbed off the paint on the window sills. Modern Dakota Digital gauges fit into the original panel and there's a nicely fitted dash pad on top and a great-looking wood-rimmed wheel to warm things up a bit. For entertainment you get an AM/FM/iPod stereo in the original radio's slot and there's a custom panel under the dash for the Air Ride system, complete with matching gauges. A modern tilt steering column has a shifter for the 4-speed automatic transmission, so getting behind the wheel will feel instantly comfortable if you've driven any recent pickup.
There's modern tech under the hood in the form of a burly 6.0 liter Vortec V8. Based on the LS1, it's lighter, more powerful, and more efficient than the usual small block V8 and thanks to the wonders of fuel injection, it starts instantly, idles smoothly, and makes prodigious torque at any speed. The color-matched engine cover makes it look like it was born there, and obviously patina wasn't the order of the day when the engine bay was going together. There's fresh orange paint on the custom firewall and inner fenders, and the rest is all polished. A big aluminum radiator keeps the LS cool and there's a new power master cylinder for the brand new front disc brakes. The undercarriage is tidy, again with some patina but no issues, and the modifications for the air bag suspension were neatly done to preserve original hardware wherever possible. The stance is perfect and the rumble through the straight pipes isn't to be missed. 20-inch Torque Thrust wheels help with the contrasting look and carry 255/35/20 front and 275/40/20 rear Toyo performance radials.
This is a fantastic truck that's a bit out of the ordinary but no less remarkable in its execution. We promise everyone will walk past all the shiny perfect trucks to get a look at this one. Call today!