It was the beginning of July and hot as you know what when I met the owner of this beautiful ’67 Chevy, Brad Adams. We talked for a few moments in general about the truck and then Brad told me why he wanted to build the truck. It was one of those moments that if you’re not a parent you may not understand. Brad has a 6-year-old daughter that he wants to pass along the hot rod gene to. Well, what better way to do that than by convincing your wife you need to build a hot rod truck as a father/daughter combo?
Brad found the truck like a lot of people nowadays do—with the help from the Internet. The truck was in great shape and the body was almost completely gone over so Brad could put a checkmark next to a major part of any project. Sheetmetal and bodywork is just lots and lots of work. Brad realized that and jumped on the purchase.
The original 283 V-8 was cleaned up and painted Chevy Orange. Some motor upgrades were performed like an aluminum Edelbrock intake and carb, but Brad was building the truck on a budget and wanted to spend money on the wheels and suspension. The frontend got 2-inch lowering spindles with rebuilt control arms topped off with RideTech airbags. For the rear Brad had the frame Z’d by Thunder Road Rods & Customs of Mansfield, Ohio, to get back to sit as low as the front. The original trailing arms were also cleaned up with RideTech ’bags controlling the ride height. To lay power to the ground a stock TH400 transmission is connected to a 12-bolt with 3.73 gears. The Boss 338 wheels sized at 20x9.5 look great on the back of Brad’s C10. The front wheels are also Boss but sized down to 18x9 to give it that hot rod look.
As with any project vehicle you hit a lot of speed bumps along the way, but when you get to the end it all pays off. Brad’s truck was built with a lot of help from Ohio Rod & Custom. Brad added his own taste to make it what he thinks is nice but still be able to drive it. Brad adds “he hopes that his love for hot rods gets passed on to his daughter Kylee.” Brad would also like to thank his wife and daughter for all the help they have given to him during and after the project. CT