When you decide to build a classic truck, one of the things you have to consider is parts availability and or your ability to restore the parts you have. Now I'm not saying you couldn't sublet parts to qualified builders, etc., but what if the parts were nonexistent?
In the past, it was often the case that if the part was missing then it was a risky and uncertain venture trying to find replacements. This holds especially true with rare vehicles like Lin's '66 Chevy four-door C10. According to Lin, the truck was modified by Stageway Coaches Inc., where they did a limited number of four-door C10s that year. Try to find one of these bad boys yourself and you'll be amazed on how limited and rare they are. If and when you do happen to find one, be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it.
Unlike today's trucks, four-door cabs were very rare in '66. The rear doors were handbuilt by Stageway starting with the door skins and working them to fit the extended cab. I would venture to say that making a door from scratch is not an easy task, but by the looks of it, the workers at Stageway were true craftsman.
Lin has to give credit where credit is due because the previous owner Tommy Perchinsky had the truck completely restored over a year. After restoration, Tommy kept the truck to show his customers the type of work he was capable of. With the satisfaction of building the truck Tommy decided to sell it, and luckily for Lin, he had the cash to support the price tag.
The truck came with a numbers-matching 327, but was replaced with a stroker 383 with 10:5.1 compression. The transmission was removed and rebuilt by Rogers Automotive Inc. of Chantilly, Virginia, using a 3,000-stall torque converter. Early Classics drop spindles lowered the frontend and Early Classic lowering springs were used on the rear.
A 12-bolt truck rearend with 3.73 gears moves it right along down the road. The front seats are modified '88 Chevy truck with the headrests removed. A '72 center console was added in between the two front seats for extra storage and have something to rest your arm on while driving. The rear seat is also a '88 Chevy truck seat that has been modified and covered in light gray leather by Underwood Upholstery of Fredrick, Virginia. Lin originally thought the truck was a one-off custom, but now he enjoys taking it to car shows and listening to people guess how the truck was built.
1966 Chevrolet C10
Edward Lin Harris
Frame: stock/stretched to four-door
Modifications: Stageway Coaches Inc. four-door
Rearend / Ratio: 12-bolt / 3.73
Rear suspension: Early Classics lowering springs
Rear brakes: Early Classics drum
Front suspension: Early Classics drop spindles
Front brakes: Early Classics disc
Steering box: stock
Front wheels: American Racing Torque Thrust 20x8
Rear wheels: American Racing Torque Thrust 20x10
Front tires: Kumho 255/35/20
Rear tires: Kumho 295/40/20
Gas tank: under rear of bed
Engine: Chevy 383
Valve covers: Billet Specialties
Manifold: Edelbrock Air Gap
Headers: Hooker Headers
Exhaust / Mufflers: Custom 21/2-inch / Flowmaster 40 Series
Modifications: shift kit and 3,000-stall converter
Style: Chevy C10 four-door
Fenders front: stock
Bed: stock w/Bruce Horkey's Wood and Parts
Bodywork and paint by: White Oak Auto Body of White Oak, VA
Paint type / Color: DuPont / black
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: custom
Gauges: Auto Meter
Air conditioning: factory air
Stereo: Sony head unit w/Alpine speakers
Steering wheel: stock
Steering column: stock
Seats: '88 Chevy truck
Upholstery by: Underwood Upholstery
Material / Color: leather / light gray
Carpet: Auto Customs