Blue Velvet

October 4th, 2011

Text by Travis Noack

Photos by John “Been Damn Near Everywhere” Jackson

Barry Guidry; 1984 Chevy C-10; Houma, LA; Negative Camber

One Classy and Deeply Detailed Square Body

Building a head-turning custom pickup requires a delicate balance of the right mods to pull off a look that drops jaws and appeals to a wide audience of gearheads. We have a word in the truck scene that we use to describe the perfect look that gets sweeter with age, and that word is “timeless.” If you keep the color combination mellow, toss a classic set of rollers under the fenders, and seal the envelope with just the right touch of mods, chances are the truck is going to remain a stunner for years to come.

There was a time when pretty much every truck enthusiast couldn’t wait to shave off every factory feature on their truck’s skin. In the past few years, in an effort to be different, a lot of builders are opting to leave the factory chrome trim, emblems, head and taillights in place to maintain the look these haulers had when they left the factory. With any build, whether it’s restored to factory trim or shaved slick and smooth, the key to a successful finish is in the details and the fit and finish.

From the photos of his ’84 C-10 laid across these pages it’s obvious that Barry Guidry is a neat freak. Like many custom truck owners his project started as “just a truck to cruise around in, and one thing lead to another.” After Barry finished kidding himself that he was going to leave the truck alone, he dove into it like a fat kid into a tray of cupcakes and started building the stunner seen here. Barry is a member of Negative Camber, so there was no doubt it had to be flat on the ground!

This was Barry’s first crack at a Bow Tie. He had owned a custom ’78 F-100, an ’85 Ranger and a ’90 Nissan Hardbody, which he wasn’t shy about cutting up. His dad and brother had owned quite a few square body Chevy and GMC trucks when Barry was growing up, so the desire to build one was always there. Barry and his brother Larry and friend Walter Sons started on the back and kicked the frame rails 8 inches out back and regulated the ride control with a KP Components parallel 4-link. Travis Chauvin sectioned the factory front cross member and moved it up 1.5 inches to get the leading edge in the weeds. Firestone 26C airbags take care of lifting the truck slightly for cruising and hammering it down for jaw dropping, with DJM 2.5-inch dropped spindles providing the initial descent. To complement the hammered stance, Raceline Nitros in 20 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch back were shoehorned under the arrow-straight metal and shod with Nitto P255/35ZR20 front and P285/35ZR20 rear tires.

Once Barry had the truck fit with a pimp stance and bad to the bone rollers, it was time to get the body smoothed and coated with color and the interior up to custom par. To give the front end a mild update, a 1988-91 GMC Suburban front end was swapped in place of the stock 1981-87 clip. Kevin at Dent Works pounded on the factory metal to get 20-plus years worth of parking lot dings out of the bed, doors and fenders. Barry and his nephew Lil’ Chris Duplantis stripped the original weathered basecoat and got down on the bodywork. The rear cab seams, stake pockets, cowl panel, tailgate handle, door jamb seams, bed bolts, gas door and fender emblems were shaved for a mild clean-up, but otherwise all of the stock trim, wheel well moldings and chrome were left in place. Walter and Barry shaved and perfected all of the metalwork, including the raised bed floor, wheel tubs, notch cover, shaved firewall and inner fenders. Mike Mayes at Barker GMC Body Shop laid down the DuPont light blue metallic and Honda Fiji Blue for a combination that gets sweeter the longer you stare at it. Zack Quatrevingt at Cutting Edge Bedliner sprayed the custom blue tinted bedliner to match the truck’s Fiji Blue roof and rocker panels.

The focal point of the interior is the custom dash with a Brothers Truck Parts 1957 Chevy truck gauge cluster bordered by satin finish billet trim panels from LMC Truck.

Diving between the doors, the same level of detail and style was flexed on the interior as the exterior. Andy Brock of Houma, Louisiana, sewed gray vinyl over a pair of ‘98 Suburban buckets. The armrests and headrests were stripped for a cleaner classic look. To achieve a street rod look, Barry built a custom one-off dash out of a 4 x 8 piece of sheet metal fit with a 1957 Chevy truck gauge cluster from Brothers Truck Parts (http://www NULL.brotherstrucks NULL.com/), surrounded by satin finish billet dash inserts from LMC Truck. His neighbor, Denver Fuller, and Mr. Brunet (R.I.P.) helped Barry get the dash shaped and fit just right. A 2000 Chevy (http://www NULL.chevrolet NULL.com) dually center console shaved and fitted with a 1948 Chevy hood ornament sits between the cruising platforms, and a Billet Specialties Stiletto steering wheel provides hot rod-styled control. A billet ball milled rearview mirror helps Barry keep tabs on opposing traffic. Barry’s source of cruising entertainment comes from a Kenwood CD deck backed by a Crossfire amplifier kicking out the jams through 6-inch Bazooka tubes behind the seats and 6-inch mids and tweeters split between the kick panels and door panels. LMC Truck seatbelts keep everyone strapped in for any low-rolling adventures.

This truck is a stunner from every angle and simply puts your chin in the dirt with how sanitary it is on every surface. The restored look and the team of colors are timeless, and with the right blend of modifications and stance it’s pretty tough to beat. Barry would like to thank Walter Sons, Lil’ Chris Duplantis, Kevin at Dent Works, Mr. Brunet (R.I.P.) Denver Fuller, Farley Benoit, brother Larry Guidry, Tim Dupre of Dupre’s Automotive, Travis Chauvin, Chuck Blayney at Raceline Wheels, Mike Mayes at Barker GMC Body Shop, Zack Quatrevingt from Cutting Edge Bedliner, Andy Brock and everyone who helped along the way. Special thanks also goes out to Barry’s wife Angela and his kids Boyd and Amy for their patience during the build. It doesn’t get much better than when a team of buddies, neighbors, truck club members and family come together to create rolling art.

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