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When Coy Rice started looking for a '68 Chevy shortbed, he didn't realize the journey he was in for. After making a deal on a truck he found close to his home in North Central Texas, his wife looked at the truck once he got it back home and asked if they paid him to take it. There were no floorboards or rockers panels, no engine or transmission, and half the bed was rusted away, but Coy was happy to have a clear title in his name.
Coy began a three-year frame-off build of the '68 and did everything himself except the machine work on the 327 Chevy and making the custom driveshaft for the Borg-Warner T5 transmission. Sand blasting and POR-15 made the chassis look like new, and a complete disc brake frontend put two wheels on the ground. Out back a 5-lug, 12-bolt rearend from a '71 with a 3.43:1 posi was installed.
Once new floorboards and rocker panels were in, the cab was set on the frame. Then Coy began chopping the C-10's top and ended up leaning the front windshield back instead of trying to cut it. He also installed the dual headlight grille and the bed from a '68 GMC parts truck that he was given just for hauling it away. Before painting the C-10 in a '69 Camaro pace car orange and white theme, he also bolted on a Goodmark cowl-induction hood and installed a set of American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels. Nice work Coy!