Brian & Claudia Wilcox
1964 Chevy C10
Back in ’96 Brian Wilcox’s wife, Claudia, wanted another pickup because she missed the ’74 GMC she had before the couple were married. She wanted a new Dodge Ram. Unfortunately, that was out of their price range. One day in June of that year while visiting her mother in her hometown of Bluffton, Indiana, Claudia saw a ’64 Chevy C10 for sale at the local NAPA store. It was a virtually rust-free, mostly stock, Colorado truck that was recently painted and mechanically sound with a 230ci six and Powerglide. The price was right so the couple bought it.
They worked on it on and off for the next 14 years. Brian did the majority of the work in their home garage. The first thing was to upgrade the manual brakes to power disc in the front and HD drum in back, and next came the power steering. From there they replaced all of the worn suspension parts, added 2-inch drop spindles and lowered the rear of the pickup 4 inches with new coil springs. Over the years they’ve added, in no particular order, a ’77 Chevy 350 four-bolt-main bored 0.030 over (with the exception of machining, Brian built it in his garage), a 700-R4 tranny, and a Holley System Max kit (cam, manifold, and 650-cfm four-carb). The ’64 was also outfitted with A/C, power windows, windshield washers, a reupholstered 60/40 bench seat from a ’93 Silverado, a bigger radiator from Be Cool, a custom billet dash panel filled with Classic Instruments Silver Series gauges, and Wheel Vintiques 15-inch Smoothie wheels painted medium gray with SS trim rings and reproduction ’47-54 hubcaps. The tires are Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 in P235/70R15 in front and P275/60R15 out back.
After 14 years, the body needed some work as a few rust areas developed. Local craftsman Dan Hoyng did the bodywork and paint for the Wilcoxes as well as grafting a new fuel filler door into the left rear quarter-panel and fabricating a panel to house the A/C outlets underdash.
There are still a few things they’d like to do to the ’64 (like a new steering column, and rack-and-pinion steering), but they say that’ll have to wait until the budget allows. The Wilcoxes built this baby to be a cruiser and occasional driver, and probably have as much invested in it as that Dodge Ram would have cost new, but I’d take their classic over a new one anytime.