Before swapping the reworked cab onto the chassis Kevin thought it would be a good time to really tear into the ’72’s suspension. "I put the chassis back together using all-new suspension parts, brakes, shocks, bushings, and wheel bearings," he says. "My friend Tracey Ledford trimmed and boxed the lower front control arms to clear the 9.5-inch-wide American Torq-Thrusts 17-inch wheels shod with BFGoodrich tires. We used Early Classic Enterprises drop spindles, springs front and rear, track bar and sway bar mounts, and 2-inch lowering blocks from So-Low to set the truck’s stance. Before the front clip went back on I installed all of the engine accessories including an Old Air Products A/C unit. The majority of the brackets and miscellaneous parts underhood including the inner fenders were powdercoated by Madera Powder Coating in Madera. Diaz Custom Paint in Merced did the truck’s paint. While, it was in the paint shop I focused on the engine and transmission. The TH350 was rebuilt by Young’s Transmissions in Merced with modifications for a firm shift and a 2,000-stall converter. I disassembled the GM crate motor I installed in 1992 and took it to Koehn’s Machine Shop in Atwater. After a hone job, rings, bearings, a set of flat-top pistons, and a bigger cam, the bottom end was ready to go. The heads just needed resurfacing. I brought it all home and assembled it with help from Roger Romine using a new carburetor, intake, and headers. We ran it on an engine break-in stand that he and I built. This pickup is truly homebuilt thanks to some help from good friends and a lot of company from Butch Thompson, my retired neighbor. Finishing props go to Mickey Shaw at Shaw’s Super Service in Livingston, and Campus Alignment in Merced. I owe a lot of thanks to my wife, Suzanne, and daughters Amanda, Morgan, and Bailey, for understanding my passion and never complaining about the hours I spent in the garage." The photos were taken just mere feet from where Kevin first saw the truck. CT

Kevin Malone

Atwater, California
1972 Chevy C10

Chassis
Frame: ’72 C10
Modifications: C-notch
Rearend / Ratio: 12-bolt / 3.08:1
Rear Suspension: drop coils
Rear Brakes: ’72 C10 drum
Front Suspension: double A-arm with coils
Front Brakes: ’72 C10 disc
Steering: Saginaw box
Wheels: 17x9.5 American Racing Torq-Thrusts
Tires: 255/45/17 BFG
Gas Tank: CPP rear mount

Drivetrain
Engine: ’90 350
Heads: 76cc iron
Valve Covers: polished aluminum
Manifold: Edelbrock Performer
Ignition: HEI
Headers: Sanderson
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2-inch Flowmaster
Transmission: TH350
Modifications: B&M 2,000-stall converter
Shifter: column

Body
Body Style: Fleetside
Hood: cowl-induction
Grille: deluxe
Bed: steel
Bodywork / Paint: Diaz Custom Paint
Paint Type / Color: DuPont / Sage Green
Headlights / Taillights: Sylvania / Guide
Outside Mirrors: stock
Bumpers: chrome

Interior
Dashboard: modified to A/C cab
Gauges: factory optional tach and vacuum
Air Conditioning: Old Air Products
Stereo: Pioneer DEH-47
Steering Wheel: stock
Steering Column: factory tilt
Seats: ’67 buddy buckets
Upholstery: Castillo Auto Upholstery
Material / Color: vinyl with velour / black
Carpet: Auto Custom Carpets black loop