Bryan Reeves' grandfather Raymond Reeves purchased this longbed brand new in 1966, where he used it as a daily driver. Eventually it was passed down to Bryan's dad Jim Reeves who used it as a shop truck for the family business.
The truck had years of wear and tear from being used, but never abused. Jim's agenda was to one day pass this truck on to Bryan, who helped his dad take care of it and rebuild it, all the while not knowing that it would one day be his. At the time, Bryan was the ripe old age of 14 where he listened and helped his father replace the odds and ends needed to get the truck roadworthy. For two years the father/son team worked side by side until the truck was ready for the road again.
Bryan's 16th birthday came and his dad surprised him by placing the title in his name. How cool is that? Bryan finally had a cool truck that he could drive to school, and more importantly, work on with his dad. The truck was a main staple of transportation for Bryan for about five years until he joined the military. He drove the truck from Texas to Pensacola, Florida, where he went through basic training.
Before he knew it, Bryan had orders to report to Seattle for further training. So without thinking about it, Bryan drove the truck back to Texas to store it while he was stationed in Seattle. He thought that the truck would survive way better in the Texas heat than in the Seattle rain. In March 2011 Bryan lost his grandfather and two months later his father passed away – to say the least Bryan was crushed.
The only thing Bryan could think about was taking possession of the '66 so he could commemorate his father and grandfather. Bryan said rebuilding the truck is what kept him going after losing those two great men in his life. Before he knew it, Bryan was being shipped off to Arizona where he now lives and was able to finish the truck with his own personal touches.
One of the coolest parts of this build is that the wood Bryan and his father installed when he was 14 had been refinished and reinstalled back in the truck. It survived a lot of years out in Texas and now Bryan spends a lot of time driving it around the scorching Arizona desert.
1966 Chevy C10
San Tan Valley, Arizona
Rearend / Ratio: 12-bolt / 4.10
Rear suspension: CPP 5-inch drop springs
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: CPP drop spindle
Front brakes: CPP 12-inch disc
Steering box: CPP
Front wheels: Centerline Vintage 18x9.5
Rear wheels: Centerline Vintage 20x15
Front tires: Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R 28x12R18
Rear tires: Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R 31x18R20
Gas tank: stock
Engine: 383 Chevy
Heads: iron heads
Valve covers: stamped steel
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM / Holley
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch / Flowmasters
Style: C10 longbed
Modifications: shaved tailgate
Fenders front / rear: stock
Bed: Jim and Bryan Reeves
Bodywork and paint by: Rich Vanpelt
Paint type / Color: DuPont / custom mix of baby blue and white
Headlights / Taillights: OEM / United Pacific LED
Outside mirrors: stock
Air conditioning: plans on installing this summer
Steering wheel: Billet Specialties Chicayne 14-inch
Steering column: stock
Upholstery by: Stitch'n By Steve and Son of Queen Creek, AZ
Material / Color: cloth, vinyl / graphite and charcoal