There's not just one kind of "car guy." While we all may share similar appreciations for all things old tin related, when it comes to our individual hobbyist characteristics, well, we're quite the melting pot of enthusiasts. For some, one car or truck is all they need – and may be the same one they've only needed since high school. Others find their fondness being spread over a variety of four-wheeled loves – over a length of time or even simultaneously. Makes no difference, really, whether we're faithful to one or many, just as long as we're faithful, period...right?
Ohioan Joe Wood finds himself somewhere in the middle, as he himself points out. "I have had quite a few old cars and trucks...my friends always laugh when I tell them I bought something new. I guess I just never found the right one." Until now, that is. Joe continued, "I have fallen in love with this truck; it just fits me."
It's quite simple how Joe came upon his true love: he simply did a little wife, er, vehicle swappin' with a partner of his, Boris at Street Machinery (Euclid, Ohio). "I'd purchased a 1964 Bel Air wagon from Boris...it was cool, but I just couldn't get into it. I asked Boris if he had any trucks, and he showed me the C10. We swapped and the truck was mine!" And the rest, as they say, is history – except for the truck itself...let's delve into "its" story.
Joe admits the 1964 was pretty much there when he acquired it. "Most of the hard stuff had already been done. I've gone through it and fixed or replaced tons of stuff and personalized it to my liking." With Boris' help, some of that personalizing included a suspension upgrade, which entailed adding McGaughy's dropped spindles/springs, a C-notch, and rear airbag setup, all of which rolls on a quartet of Wheel Vintiques Smoothies (15x8 all around) with Diamondback Classic wide white radials.
Beneath what Joe describes as the cabernet metallic hood lies an 1984 Chevy small-block (carbureted, HEI-sparked, Flowmaster-breathed) with a shift kit-equipped Turbo 350. Other than an upgrade to LED taillight innards and a stained mahogany bed wood kit, the exterior of the big-window is as GM intended, though surely a bit more on the showy side than the basic utilitarian version that originally rolled off the assembly line a half century ago. Finally, the interior of the C10 has been treated to a 1969 Camaro bench seat, upholstered in gray vinyl (with gray carpet from Classic Parts) by Tritex in Columbus, a Billet Specialties wheel (atop the stock column), and Custom Autosound stereo.
Will this be Joe Wood's last love? While it may be a match made, by his own words, ultimately, he's a car guy – and most car guys have been known to have wandering eyes. Just saying!
1964 Chevy C10
Frame: modified stock by Street Machinery, Euclid, OH
Rearend / Ratio: 10-bolt / 3.73:1
Rear suspension: Firestone airbag
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: lowering springs, McGaughy's drop spindles
Front brakes: Street Machinery disc
Steering box: stock
Front wheels: 15x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothie
Rear wheels: 15x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothie
Front tires: 15-inch Diamondback Whitewall
Rear tires: 15-inch Diamondback Whitewall
Gas tank: stock
Engine: 1984 Chevy 350ci
Valve covers: Cal Custom
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / 650-cfm Edelbrock
Headers: iron manifolds
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom by Pro Right / Flowmaster
Fenders front / rear: stock
Bodywork and paint by: previous owner
Paint type / Color: Urethane / Cabernet Metallic
Headlights / Taillights: stock / LED by Classic Parts
Outside mirrors: Classic Parts
Bumpers: Classic Parts
Gauges: stock with added Sun temp gauge
Air conditioning: nope
Stereo: Custom AutoSound
Steering wheel: Billet Specialties
Steering column: stock
Seats: 1969 C10
Upholstery by: Tritex, Columbus, OH
Material / Color: vinyl / gray
Carpet: Classic Parts