The Creations n' Chrome Mustangs had become quite well known for their colored chrome finishes, but oftentimes people would overlook the shop's ability to build a complete vehicle. Everyone would check out the Mustangs' exteriors, but would pass up the rest of the stuff like the chassis and engine work. This caused the boys at Creations n' Chrome to stop and think about ways to showcase the shop's ability to build a complete vehicle and how they would approach the next build differently.
Starting off with a great truck, C&C's 1968 Chevy C10 was being shaped and formed to the ultimate shop truck. First thing was deciding on what would power such a sleek C10. The guys in the shop got together and brainstormed on engines and came up with a 502 Ram Jet. Well they weren't finished with the engine just yet and decided that adding a Vortech V7 YSi blower would be the icing on the cake.
A set of 1.75-inch tubed Kooks headers feed into 3-inch exhaust with CGS mufflers calming some of the sound down. To supply enough fuel to the engine a Holley Billet Dominator fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator were installed external of the tank. A 700-R4 was built to handle the massive power of the supercharged Ram Jet and a custom-built Currie 9-inch rearend was installed.
The 9-inch rearend has 3.83 gears with a Tru-Trac differential to plant both tires on the ground. The front suspension featured Hotchkis TVS upper and lower control arms and drop spindles, including a new sway bar. The rear suspension has CPP trailing arms with Hotchkis springs, shocks, and sway bars. The frame of the C10 was also reinforced to support the Ram Jet's massive output.
For the interior, C&C graphed in a set of 2012 Ford Mustang GT seats and deleted the headrest for visual reasons. The door panels were covered in high-end leather and stitched in a diamond pattern to match the seats. A custom wood center console was made to house the integrated rear-firing subwoofer. The console also has a cool place to set a drink because the guys at C&C wanted this truck to not only look great, but also be practical on the road – that's right, this truck is a driver. Classic Instruments gauges line the cluster alongside the Billet Specialties steering wheel and Lokar Shifter.
When I first laid eyes on this truck it was at the 2012 Las Vegas SEMA show displayed in the Hotchkis booth. I thought it was another truck that I had recently photographed, but the engine and interior made me take another look. To me this truck represents what can be accomplished with a C10 as well as support from the aftermarket and great vehicle builders such as Creations n' Chrome.
1968 Chevy C10
Creations n' Chrome
Frame: 1968 Chevy C10 reinforced
Modifications: K-member and boxing
Rearend / Ratio: Currie 9-inch / 3.83
Rear suspension: CPP trailing arms with Hotchkis drop springs and shocks
Rear brakes: Wilwood
Front suspension: Hotchkis TVS
Front brakes: Wilwood
Steering box: CPP
Front wheels: HRE 945RL 20X9
Rear wheels: HRE 945RL 20x11
Front tires: Falken FK-453 275/40/20
Rear tires: Falken FK-453 315/35/20
Gas tank: Boyd's Tank modified by C&C for baffles
Engine: 502 Ram Jet with Vortech supercharger
Heads: 502 Ram Jet
Valve covers: stock
Manifold / Induction: Ram Jet w/Vortech supercharger
Headers: Kooks 1.75-inch tubes
Exhaust / Mufflers: 3-inch exhaust Flowmaster
Modifications: fuel door hidden in bed with Eddie Motorsports hinge kit
Fenders front / rear: stock
Bed: mahogany painted PPG black
Bodywork and paint by: Gary Watson, Creations & Chrome
Paint type / Color: PPG/ factory black
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Gauges: Classic Instruments
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Alpine w/JL audio amps
Steering wheel: Billet Specialties
Steering column: stock
Seats: 2012 mustang GT seats with headrest removed
Upholstery by: High Quality Upholstery of Santa Clarita, CA
Material / Color: leather / black with white diamond stitching
Carpet: Auto Customs Carpets