Photos by Jason “Hangover Beard” Mulligan
A Classic 900-Horse, Tire-Roastin’ C-10
Hot rod trucks that can be driven in a variety of performance situations have skyrocketed in popularity during the past few years. Something you can enjoy in a straight line with asphalt-blistering horsepower and also fly around a corner with a yank of the wheel has a certain mystique. When you are searching for full-throttle, pin-your-back-to-the-seat performance it’s pretty hard to beat a big-block. There’s a certain satisfaction in driving a “sleeper,” which is a truck that looks completely innocent on the surface, but once you pop the hood you’ll find a power plant that will send the competition packing.
Such is the case with Kareem of Deerfield Beach, Florida. Kareem wanted a truck that had a clean, restored appearance, but would also send passengers grabbing for the dash when the pedal was mashed. He delivered the ’72 C-10 to Miranda Built in Deerfield Beach. The crew at MB got down on the C-10’s bones with a Strange Engineering Fab 9 rearend with 3.70:1 gears and 35-spline axles all based around a CPP tubular rear suspension system. A set of QA1 shocks dampens the rear suspension, and CPP 11-inch drilled and slotted rotors provide the clamping force out back. Classic Performance Products 2-inch dropped spindles and 2-inch dropped coils get the nose down to business level, while CPP four-piston brakes with 12.5-inch rotors keep speed passes in check. Plumbing the upgraded CPP brake system is a CPP HydroBoost and Wilwood master cylinder. Fluid travels through custom-bent brake lines run along the powder-coated frame. An ididit steering column was used to point and shoot the upgraded rolling stock, which consists of 20 x 8.5-inch front and 22 x 12-inch rear DONZ three-piece powder-coated wheels wrapped in P245/30ZR20 front and 315/25ZR22 rear Pirelli P-Zero rubber.
When it comes to power this truck lays it down hard. A 572-ci Chevrolet big-block was machined by Oscar at P.R.D in Miami. The mill breathes with a set of aluminum Profiler custom big-block Chevy heads and rests on a set of No Limit Fabrication motor mounts. A March water pump keeps it cool, while a Ron Davis radiator and cooling fan pour cool air over the nasty BBC. An Edelbrock intake manifold topped by a FAST fuel-injection unit deliver fuel and air to the thirsty Rat, while Hooker Super Comp headers, 3-inch mandrel-bent custom exhaust and a Magnaflow muffler sing the big-block’s best tunes. March Performance pulleys and brackets spin the beast, while Moroso valve covers, a custom-built air cleaner, Russell hoses and K&N breathers dress the mill.
For low-gear cruising and high-gear highway flying a GM4l80-E with a 10-inch Yank racing converter and a 3,000-rpm stall converter takes abuse from all 900 ponies. Torque numbers hover in the 950 range when Kareem forces his right foot to the floor. A custom driveshaft from Broward Powertrain links the transmission and rearend.
For the body, Kareem opted to let Chevy’s factory lines and timeless trim design do the talking. Much of the OEM heritage of this classic was left intact, but freshened up with new paint and bright work. The stake pockets were filled, and the fender wells and firewall were smoothed by Miranda Built. The rear tubs were widened 2 inches to accommodate the pavement-shaking rubber. After the subtle mods were made, PPG Black and White hues were laid down by Eddie of EROD Custom in Pompano Beach. Fresh trim and bright work were installed, along with crystal clear headlights and LED taillights to complete the restoration.
Inside the cruising chamber black leather and suede, stitched up by Tommy Nast of Okeechobee, Florida, is laden with memory foam for optimum comfort every time Kareem climbs behind the wheel. A suede headliner was built up above, and the stock dash is fit with a No Limit gauge panel, which has been anodized black for a stealth look. Auto Meter gauges report on the big-block’s behavior, while an LMC Truck billet steering wheel and rearview mirror round out the inside spice. Billet Specialties inside door handles make stylish tools for exiting the plush cockpit. A Kwik Wire 18-circuit wiring harness keeps juice flowing through the truck’s operating systems with an Optima Red Top battery sitting at the helm of the circuit flow. For cruising jams, Kareem relies on a Custom Auto Sound head unit, JL Audio 400-watt amplifier, two 10-inch JL Audio subwoofers and a pair of 6.5 coaxial speakers mounted in custom kick panels. BJORN in Deerfield Beach installed the stereo. A Vintage Air A/C unit keeps the fun zone cool during those steamy Florida summers.
This might look like a simple little restored C-10, but it will bite you if you’re not careful. As this big-block climbs the rpms it leaves sports cars in the dust.