Massaged to 355 cubes, the block was filled with a stock crank linked to Eagle rods and pistons, while a pair of Eastwood's own signature aluminum heads were bolted in place, complemented by a Summit Racing Stage 1 dual-plane intake sucking air through a Holley Street Avenger 670-cfm carb crowned by a Cadillac-styled air cleaner from Speedway Motors. A Mallory HEI lights the fire, while spent gasses are dumped through Hooker headers to a 2½-inch polished stainless exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers by New England Speed & Custom. A warmed-over GM 200-4R trans packed with a B&M shift kit by Stop & Start Transmission of Somers pushes the power rearward through a driveshaft by Camerota Truck Parts of Enfield.

When it came to address the body and bed the team at NESC first stripped everything to bare metal. It was determined a number of panels would need replacement so a call was made to LMC Truck for sheetmetal, including new floor pans, inner and outer rockers, door bottom corners, and cab corners. NESC also hand-fabricated any other unavailable related patch panels and completed their installation. With the repairs out of the way, the team focused on a number of custom updates that included removal of the driprails, shaving emblems and antenna, as well as filling the firewall and bed stake pockets. The door vent windows were removed and a one-piece side glass kit from No Limit Engineering was then installed.

Wrapping up on customizing the team added an LMC Truck front bed panel with Bow Tie embossment as well as a fresh tailgate and a custom one-off hidden tailgate latch system. Finally the inner and outer floors were treated to Lizard Skin for added protection and insulation. With the metalwork completed everything was sent over to Twin Brooks Restoration in Suffield to make it razor sharp and prep it for paint. Wanting to retain the original orange-and-white color scheme, Drew upped the ante and went straight to House of Kolor for a dose of their Tangelo Pearl and White Diamond Pearl. Jimmy Smith at Twin Brooks then laid down the dramatic vibe bringing it all to life. The legendary One Arm Bandit then sealed the deal with just enough classic pinstriping.

Once the truck moved into final assembly back at NESC it was time to infuse just the right amount of detail into the interior. While trucks can be sparse at times, the team sent the factory bench over to A Supreme Upholstery in Windsor Locks to have John Howard recover it in flat-pleated black leather. Back at the shop, fresh black carpet from LMC Truck was installed, followed by a Lokar shifter and an ididit steering column topped with a black leather-wrapped billet steering wheel by LMC Truck.

To add a bit of dazzle to the dash, the team resprayed the factory black gauges in white, added tunes from Retro Sound, as well as cool breezes thanks to a Vintage Air front-runner system. Finally, to breathe new life into the bed, the NESC team treated it to fresh curly maple flooring from Bed Wood and Parts, finishing it to an ultra-high gloss accented by polished bedstrips. With the project complete we know Drew's going to have the most bitchin' ride in the high school parking lot and to us that's just plain cool. We can hardly wait to see what he comes up with when he installs his 348ci mill!

1966 Chevrolet C10
Drew Gale
Somers, Connecticut

Chassis
Frame: stock
Modifications: carrier bearing crossmember modified for exhaust access by New England Speed & Custom, Somers, Connecticut
Rearend / Ratio: GM 10-bolt / 3.73:1
Rear suspension: LMC Truck 4-inch dropped coil springs with Classic Performance Products antisway bar and Belltech Nitro Drop 2 shocks
Rear brakes: stock drum
Front suspension: stock with LMC Truck 2½-inch drop spindles and 2-inch dropped coil springs, Classic Performance Products antisway bar and Belltech Nitro Drop 2 shocks
Front brakes: Classic Performance Products disc conversion with 11-inch discs and two-piston calipers
Steering box: '79 Chevy Suburban power steering unit
Front wheels: Wheelsmith 15x7 steelie
Rear wheels: Wheelsmith 15x8 steelie
Front tires: Coker Classic 215/75R15
Rear tires: Coker Classic 235/75R15
Gas tank: LMC Truck / stock replacement

Drivetrain
Engine: 1979 Chevrolet 350ci V-8
Heads: aluminum by Eastwood Machine, Somers, Connecticut
Valve covers: Cal Custom finned aluminum
Manifold / Induction: Summit Racing Stage 1 aluminum dual plane / Holley Street Avenger 670-cfm
Ignition: Mallory HEI
Headers: Hooker
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom 2½-inch polished stainless / Magnaflow
Transmission: GM 200-4R automatic
Modifications: B&M shift kit
Shifter: Lokar

Body
Style: C10
Modifications: mild shave, filled bed pockets and firewall, driprails removed, one-piece side glass, and metal fabrication all by New England Speed & Custom
Fenders front / rear: stock
Hood: stock
Grille: LMC Truck / stock replacement
Bed: bedside pockets filled, custom tailgate latch, and curly maple bed floor
Bodywork and paint by: Twin Brooks Restoration, Suffield, Connecticut
Paint type / Color: House of Kolor / Tangelo Pearl with White Diamond Pearl, pinstriping by One Arm Bandit
Headlights / Taillights: LMC Truck / stock replacement
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: LMC Truck / stock replacement

Interior
Dashboard: stock
Gauges: stock
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Retro Sound with Pioneer speakers
Steering wheel: LMC Truck
Steering column: ididit
Seats: stock bench
Upholstery by: A Supreme Upholstery, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Material / Color: leather / black
Carpet: LMC Truck / black loop