For those of us that have put countless hours into building our trucks, it is a labor of love. Have you heard the saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination”? The journey of building your truck is often as gratifying and fun as finishing your truck (destination).
Vic Wood is the VP of sales and marketing of the Hedman Performance Group that oversees the brands Hedman Hedders, TransDapt Performance Products, Hamburgers Performance Parts, and Hedman Hustler Hedders. Vic wanted to build something that reflected his years in drag racing and stock car racing and his love of hot rodding. The mentality in hot rodding world leans heavily toward the do it yourself, which is also the way Vic likes to do things. He wasn’t fond of the ’90’s era of trailer queens and professional-built vehicles that did not reflect the average guy’s ability. Vic wanted to build a truck his way and so the build of the ’64 Chevy C10 began.
When Vic found the C10 it had been someone else’s long-term project that was on the back burner so to speak. The motor and the bed floor were completely missing and pieces were everywhere, a true basket case of a project. The previous owner had the best intentions of finishing it but when it came down to it he just ran out of free time to do so. With a full plate himself, Vic spent nights and weekends working on the truck with no help from friends or foes; Vic wanted to say he completed the truck on his own two feet, or better yet with his own hands.
Finding a donor bed floor was as easy as picking wood from the local hardware store and cutting it down to size. Vic admits he could have purchased a bed wood kit but he wanted to stick to the original plan of building it himself. I can respect anyone who likes to tackle making the hard pieces themselves. I personally find it hard to work with wood and stains so I leave it up to the pros. After the bed was complete Vic cut out the rusty metal and patched the spots that looked like Swiss cheese. The body was then primed and painted with DuPont Satin Black by Mexican George of Victorville, CA.
While the body was being painted Vic was giving the stock 350 motor with a four-barrel carb a second look. By second look Vic wanted something more under the hood rather than the stock 200hp Chevy 350. He called up his contacts over at Dart Machinery and worked out a deal for a new block. He then installed a Scat stroker crank, Carillo rods, JE pistons, and Comp Cams Thumper Cam for the bottom end. For the top end Vic used Edelbrock Performer heads, BDS Blower and two QFT carbs, MSD Ignition, Hedman Hustler Hedders, Hamburger remote oil filter, and a TransDapt hoodscoop to suck in the massive amount of air.
Vic admits the C10 is not the prettiest truck on the block but he can say he built it with his own hands and has enjoyed every moment of it. Plus, he says he is not worried about messing it up because if he does he can fix it himself. I called Vic to get some more details on the truck and he was in the middle of installing an Eaton Truetrac rear gearset because he was getting tired of replacing only one rear tire if you catch my drift. Cheers, Mate.