Most people look at longbeds and think of ways to convert them into shortbeds. In this case co-owner Dan Murphy and the guys at Explicit Craftworks in Rancho Cucamonga, California, wanted to keep it that way. The idea was to start with a basic work truck and flip it for shop revenue, but when the team started building the truck it came along a lot nicer than they ever expected. They needed a better plan of attack. The Explicit team decided on making a clean-styled dream truck--one that you would see with a surfboard in the back and a girl in the front seat beach ready.
Dan’s friend, Mike Fraker, knew of a truck in a nearby tow yard that the owner wanted to build but gave up on because of the bodywork needed. When the owner found out how much the bodywork was going to cost he sold the truck to Dan, and the work began. Once back at the shop the team searched for a new bed since the old one had years of damage from a lumber rack and heavy loads. Looking for a decent bed to start with, however, is no easy task so they chose to fix the one they had; it was more economical than a replacement, and time was a factor. The shop had also been working on a ’68 Firebird for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but the deadline was coming up too fast. So, with three and a half months until the show, the team decided to finish the ’66 C10 instead of the Firebird, and finish it they did.
The Chevy’s bodywork was complete and ready for paint, but before shipping it off they needed to complete the suspension. The frame was separated from the body, and an ’81 Suburban front clip was grafted to the stock frame. The chassis was then cleaned up and sent out for powdercoating. Next, a set of CPP 2-inch front drop springs and 11-inch disc brakes with a quick ratio steering box were installed. Out back CPP 5-inch drop springs were attached to the trailing arms followed by a rear CPP disc upgrade.
The interior was a major effort in the build. Dan not only wanted it to look good, but he also wanted it to sound better than the shop name (Explicit) suggests. The sound was not a problem since Dan is a Kicker rep for the Southern California area and has been involved in the automotive audio scene for a long time. They used four of Kicker’s L7 square-shaped 10-inch subwoofers in the back of the seat for bass. The subwoofer box was made in-house followed by the door panels and kick panels. Then, the truck was sent off to Ron Mangus for the leather interior work after the paint was completed.
Even with the short deadline the C10 made it to the SEMA show and was a part of The Big Air Bash, which was dedicated to automotive stereo enthusiasts. Also, the truck went to the Grand National Roadster Show and took home First Place in its class. Look for the truck at shows near you. Dan is planning on taking it everywhere to have fun with the shop’s new pride and joy. CT