I first meet Danny G when attending a motorcycle event in Ventura, CA, and at the time I thought he was nothing but a “two-wheeled death trap” parts gatherer. As I got to know Danny better I found out he was building a ’64 Chevy C10 to haul motorcycles and the parts that he traded with the late Johnny Chop. Danny had been trading Johnny skateboard shoes and old, hard-to-find punk rock records for handlebars, motor parts, and anything that would help build his motorcycle. Before Danny’s bike was finished he got a call from a mutual friend who told him that Johnny had passed away from heart problems. The motorcycle was then later finished with Johnny’s style in mind but with Danny’s personal touches.
As you can see from the pictures, several motorcycles surround the truck. Danny is a part of Foundry Moto in Chandler, AZ, where the ’64 C10 was cleaned up, modified, and painted. The Chevy’s original owner was a gentleman from Burbank, CA, who purchased it new in 1964. When Danny purchased the pickup from the previous owner it already had some cool features like Vintage Air A/C, to keep him cool when the truck is in Arizona, power steering, and a set of upgraded disc brakes from CPP. But that didn’t mean it was flawless. The entire truck was spray painted in a nasty brown color that also covered the grille and headlight bezels. The cheapest set of 17-inch chrome wheels that belonged on a Honda Civic wearing equally pathetic 195/35R17 tires didn’t inspire driving Lil Sleepy in a city full of potholes.
Danny ditched the stock suspension coils in favor of airbags at each corner with the help of The Mafia Industries fab shop in San Marcos, CA. The system was set up so Danny could control each airbag individually. This means that Danny can control front-to-back and side-to-side motion of the vehicle through inflating/deflating the airbags at slow speeds. Foundry Moto’s crew got started stripping the nasty brown paint and then laying down the flat black base color after the bodywork was completed. Danny wanted lowrider styling to influence the C10’s top. With that in mind, Robbie, Foundry’s fabricator/painter, used an old-school technique that involves laying down lace patterns that is painted through to get a cool pattern. Robbie then sprayed several layers of candy and clearcoat to finish the effect.
When the truck was freshly painted Danny drove it all the way to Oceanside, CA, from Chandler, AZ, with no problems. Well, there was one problem and that was a little rattling noise when at idling at stoplights. Danny searched around for months until we finally racked the truck and inspected it thoroughly for all possible causes. We moved some exhaust shields to brake cables and looked for exhaust rubbing on the body; we found nothing. Finally, after all other efforts we jostled the exhaust piping just right and heard a noise coming from the header area. When the previous owner installed the headers he dropped a nut inside where the four pipes meet the header collector. CT
1964 Chevy C10
Rearend / ratio:
12-bolt / 3.73
stock w/ airbags
Exhaust / Mufflers:
2½-inch / Flowmaster
Bodywork and paint by:
Robbie at Foundry Moto, pinstriping by Pacman
Paint type / Color:
PPG / flat black and Cobalt blue
Headlights / Taillights:
stock / stock
Material / Color:
cloth / black