Longtime CLASSIC TRUCKS subscriber John Woodall finally got around to sending us a few images and some info on his ’68 Chevy C10. John inherited the Chevy from his dad who unfortunately passed away back in 2001. John’s pop bought the pickup in July of 1968, and drove it as a farm truck and primary transportation for some 35 years.
During that time, young John used the pickup (whenever his dad let him) as his dating transportation. In fact, John took his soon-to-be-wife to the prom in this truck (after a whole day of washing hog poop out and taking the side rails down). (John didn’t end up with his own transportation until he returned home from Vietnam.) In 2004 John decided to go for it and treat the Chevy to a complete rebuild.
In the process, John replaced the original 296-cube inline six with a four-speed-equipped 350ci small-block that had been bored .060 over, stroked, balanced, blueprinted, and stuffed with every go-fast part he could afford. The heads have been shaved and topped by an Edelbrock Performer intake and 600-cfm Edelbrock carb and equipped with a pair of Doug’s headers, connected to 2½-inch Magnaflow pipes and mufflers.
The dash has been completely updated (except the radio) with gauges from Dakota Digital, a steering column from Flaming River, and seats and steering wheel from a ’69 Camaro. John made the door panels and headliner himself. John did all the work at home with the exception of the final body prep and painting which was handled by Bayou Customs in Nederland, Texas. The color is 1968 Buick Tempest Blue with pearl and micro metalflake added to give it some sparkle.
There are way too many body modifications to list here, but the vent windows were replaced with one-piece glass, the bumpers removed and roll pans welded in place, the hood exchanged for a cowl-induction version, and the gas tank has been moved from the cab to the rear between the framerails. A filler port for the tank is located behind the left rear side reflector, and the bed has been redone using red oak.
We think the ’68 came out great and we’re sure John’s dad would be rightfully proud.
If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, email at least six high-resolution photos and background info to the email address above, or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Jim Rizzo, 1733 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92606.