Salem, Ohio’s Paul Harsayne is a true gearhead and it’s safe to say that hot rod cars and trucks are constantly on his mind. One of his most recent purchases is this beautiful Venetian Red ’68 Chevy C10 which he drove to the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus recently. Being the enthusiast he is, Paul’s got a good eye for style, stance, and class when it comes to assembling good-looking hot rods of any persuasion.

Paul ran across this particular pickup about eight years ago at a local cruise night. The Chevy made quite an impression and he kept his eyes open for it at local shows from then on. At one such gathering, Paul located the truck’s owner and after a bit of conversation asked if he’d be willing to sell the pickup. The owner said no it wasn’t for sale, at least at that time anyway.

Disappointed but not crushed, Paul continued eyeballing the cool vehicles and enjoyed yet another entertaining cruise night. From then on Paul continued spotting the C10 around town and at local gatherings, each time checking in with the owner to see if he was ready to part with it. Finally persistence paid off and Paul became the proud new owner of a nice, nearly stock ’68 C10.

A pair of McGaughy’s drop spindles, RideTech tubular control arms, and Air Ride shocks brought the nose down a bit, and the addition of a fresh power steering gear and 13-inch C5 Corvette disc brake assemblies finished off the frontend upgrades. Out back Paul narrowed and installed a GM 12-bolt rearend assembly equipped with C5 Corvette disc brakes (to match the fronts), RideTech air ride, and a custom Panhard bar. A quartet of Billet Specialties 20-inch billet wheels and low-profile rubber gave the Chevy the pro-touring look Paul was after.

With the driveline and suspension modified to his taste Paul then turned his attention to the truck’s cockpit. The stock dash was fitted with an Auto Meter insert and instruments, the original bench seat pulled and replaced with a pair of Chevy Blazer bucket seats, an ididit steering column topped with a custom steering wheel, and a high-line stereo system brought the interior up to snuff. Paul says the C10 fits his personality perfectly and he drives it as often as he can since he completed the modifications.

Paul Harsanye

Salem, Ohio
1968 Chevy C10

Chassis

Frame: modified stock
Rearend / Ratio: 12-bolt GM / 3.42:1
Rear suspension: modified stock, RideTech air ride, adjustable Panhard bar
Rear brakes: C5 Corvette disc
Front suspension: modified stock, RideTech air ride, drop spindles, RideTech tubular control arms
Front brakes: C5 Corvette disc
Steering box: GM 605
Front wheels: Billet Specialties, 20x8
Rear wheels: Billet Specialties, 20x10
Front tires: Sumitomo
Rear tires: Sumitomo
Gas tank: stock GM

Drivetrain

Engine: GM 350ci
Heads: iron
Valve covers: Billet Specialties
Induction: TPI
Ignition: GM HEI
Headers: Hedman
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch stainless / Flowmaster 40-series
Transmission: Muncie M22, Gear Vendors overdrive unit
Shifter: Hurst

Body

Style: C10 pickup
Modifications: restored
Fenders front / rear: stock / stock
Hood: stock
Grille: stock
Bodywork and paint by: unknown
Paint type / Color: urethane / ’59 Corvette Venetian Red
Headlights / Taillights: stock / stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: stock

Interior

Dashboard: modified stock
Gauges: Auto Meter
Stereo: AM/FM/CD
Steering wheel: American Racing
Steering column: ididit
Seats: bucket
Upholstery by: OEM upholstery
Material / Color: vinyl, cloth / black, gray
Carpet: black