Family Ties

May 24th, 2011

Text by Jason Mulligan

Photos by John “Gary Busey’s Long Lost Son” Jackson

Owner: Sara Mata, 1985 Chevrolet C-10, Georgetown, TX, Aftermath

Friends and Family Came Together to Build this Blue Pearl C-10

Building and showing custom trucks can take a bit of a toll on relationships. The late nights spent working in the garage with your friends can in some cases end up with you sleeping on the couch. But thankfully, Milo Reyna and Sara Mata both share a love of custom trucks and attending shows with friends from their club, Aftermath. The Georgetown, Texas, couple has always been a team. Milo has put together a few projects with Sara by his side, supporting the builds. To show his appreciation, Milo set out to put Sara behind the wheel of her very own custom truck.  The couple wanted to build an ever-popular square body C-10 because Milo already had a few under his belt, and they picked one up for cheap and began making plans. For a rendering, Milo needed to look no further than his brother, Daniel Reyna, who creates magic once his pencil hits paper. The concept was to put the square body C-10 flat on the ground over a massive set of Raceline billets and build the rest up with a resto-mod touch inside and out.

The Reyna brothers, Milo, Daniel and Chris, only a few months to finish the truck before its debut at SEMA. They tore into the truck starting with the suspension. The first set of 22 x 8.5 and 24 x 10 Raceline Static billet wheels designed by Daniel were procured as the starting point. Kumho tires, 265/35/22 and 295/35/24, were wrapped around the aluminum and tucked under the classic sheet metal. The Reyna brothers and Matt Watson Z’d the frame 3 ½ inches to lay rocker. The factory rearend was narrowed 6 inches and fit with Moser axles to accommodate Raceline wheels. A 2-link setup and Chassis Tech 2700 airbags supplied with air by Helix air compressors have been added. Up front, CPP control arms and Chassis Tech spindles were installed and outfitted with Brake Performance 12-inch rotors to stop clean with a CPP chrome master cylinder. A 15-gallon fuel cell was installed between the rear frame rails straddled by the Odyssey PC1750 batteries that power the classic Chevy.

The factory SBC was rebuilt and dressed up with a mix of vintage-style Edelbrock parts and billet pulleys in front of the shaved firewall.

Because the project was picked up dirt cheap, a motor revamp was a necessity. Rather than drop in a brand-new injected motor, the crew decided to stick with the factory small-block and rebuild and dress it up to keep with a resto mod theme. The block was machined then assembled and deburred by Gilbert Blair at New Image Wheels in Leander, Texas. A COMP Cams camshaft and timing chain were added before the motor was topped off with Vortec heads and Edelbrock intake manifold. The goal was for the motor to appear dressed up, just like it was when it was new in the ‘80s. Edelbrock was the name of the game, including valve covers, breathers and an air cleaner that sits over a Holley 850 carb. Billet pulleys and all-new OEM wiring and hoses. Milo works at a GM dealer in Texas, so acquiring a bevy of classic OEM parts was an easy task. An Accel distributor and wires were used to finish things off. A new dual core aluminum radiator with dual Zirgo electric fans cool things off. A true dual stainless steel 3-inch exhaust was installed with a Dynomax muffler. A brand-new GM Turbo 350 backs up the motor.

Daniel’s rendering was used to plan the bodywork and paint scheme. The goal was pure resto-mod, with subtle, custom mods while still keeping the factory trim and emblems and classic paint scheme. New OEM GM parts were ordered via Milo’s work at Don Hewlett Chevrolet with Classic Industries filling in for all of the other small parts unavailable from GM.  The brothers took care of the custom mods themselves, including shaving the stake pockets, raising the wheel tubs, shaving the firewall and shaving the drip rails. A custom Spies Hecker Blue was mixed up and sprayed in a classic factory two-tone with a white band at Don Hewlett Chevrolet. Shawn Holland came onto the scene to stripe the two-tone break graphics in red and orange. From the dealer, brand-new door handles, glass, lights, mirrors and bumpers were installed with all of the trim. SmartWax was used to bring the paint to a shine and the bed was hit with Rhino Lining to finish things off.

On the inside, the resto-mod theme was carried through. The OEM look was retained, although new parts were used, with the exception of the interior, which sports a custom camel color that was unavailable from the factory. Arthur Ochoa stitched the reworked bench seat and headliner in camel velour. The dash pad and door panels were dyed to match. A custom Raceline steering wheel was used with a Reyna Bros horn button installed. For tunes, custom elements were brought in via a subtle, clean installation by Scott at Audio FX. Polk Audio SR6500 6 1/2-inch component speakers were installed in the kick panels and behind the seat. A pair of SR5250 5 ¼-inch speakers filled the factory dash locations to round the mids and highs out. Also, behind the seat is a pair of Polk Audio SR104 DVC 10-inch subwoofers, and the Polk Audio 1,200-watt and 500-watt amplifiers to power it all via an Alpine head unit. A Nostalgic Air Products A/C system takes care of the hot, humid Texas summers.

It took a lot of late nights and last minute details to make the deadline for a SEMA SEMA. It was thanks to family and friends that the job could be accomplished at all. Sara and Milo would like to thank the rest of the Reyna family, including Chris and Daniel, as well as Gilbert Blair, Dan Dattalo, Matt Watson, Frank, Don Hewlett Chevrolet, and Shawn Holland, along with all of the sponsors.

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