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’70 Chevy G/10 powered by a GM LS3

BOB RYDER May 15, 2023 All Feature Vehicles

Goodguys Giveaway G/10

In 1983, life-long hot rodder Gary Meadors decided to put together the world’s largest hot rodding association. Today with more than 70,000 active members worldwide, Goodguys has become the nucleus of international hot rodders. Car and truck enthusiasts gravitate to Goodguys events held all over the U.S.

On July 12, 2014, after a year of anticipation, the Goodguys ’70 G/10 grand prize giveaway truck was unveiled for all to see at the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. After the unveiling, the G/10 was toured and displayed for the remainder of the 2014 Goodguys show season. The truck will continue to tour throughout the Goodguys 2015 season, and after the extensive tour, the G/10 will be given away at the Goodguys 18th PPG Nationals in Columbus, July 10-12, 2015.

Among 16 automotive artists, Eric Black captured the Goodguys G/10 Giveaway Truck Rendering Contest. Eric’s vision and artistic talents were showcased in both his interior and exterior masterpiece.

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association announced it was going to hold a contest among the top 16 automotive rendering artists. The artists were task with submitting a rendering of a 1967-72 GM C-10 pickup. Automotive artist Eric Black and his version of a ’70 Chevy G/10 was the clear winner. His design was a mix of modern performance, looks and feel combined with a respect for ’60s GM styling. Eric subtly massaged and aligned certain elements that might be lost at first glance by the casual observer, which was his goal.

Eric left the engine choice to the performance gurus, but we can rest assured that it will get out of its own way with a healthy dose of Chevy power. The trick chassis will certainly make this pickup handle the lateral forces, as well. At all four corners, Billet Specialties Bonneville G wheels with aluminum cast centers will be wrapped in Nitto Invo/Diamond Back rubber. The yellow stripes are a nod to the influence of ’60s GM muscle cars.

Once the design was selected, the truck needed to be built. At the end of July 2013, the truck was delivered to Scott’s Hotrods (SHR) in Oxnard, California. Justin Scott Padfield and his crew: Justin Severy Blake, Brycen and Dennis Smith, Cody Smith (no relation), Tyler Padfield, Jeff Savagio, Kyle Fedel, Jerry Contreas, Andy Canchola and Terry Spangler had only 10 months to finish the build. Other major players were Alan Palmer at Palmer’s Hot Rod in Moorpark, California and Ron Mangus in Rialto, California.

The steel bed floor was raised 9 inches, and the wheel tubs were raised 6 inches and widened 3 inches to make room for the meaty Nitto Invo tires.

The foundation was designed, fabricated and welded by SHR. The custom step-notched frame was constructed from 2×4-inch rectangular tubing, cross members and tubular subframe. The front and rear suspension components were mounted to SHR frame rail suspension pickup points and brackets. A pair of RideTech coil-over shocks and front sway bar are responsible for the spot-on ride height, comfortable ride and superior handling.

Four Wilwood six-piston calipers clamp down on the 14-inch cross-drilled rotors and are coordinated by a Wilwood master cylinder. Rolling style and grip comes from a set of 20×10 front and 20×12 rear Billet Specialties Bonneville G wheels made with polished aluminum hoops and raw/polished centers wrapped with Nitto Invo tires.

The G/10 power comes from a GM LS3 engine that was prepped, machined and built by Lingenfelter Performance in Decatur, Indiana. Lingenfelter installed a Comp Cams camshaft, lifters, push rods, rocker arms and springs. To ensure proper coolant circulation, a Vintage Air water pump was bolted to the front of the block. For superior engine and transmission cooling an AutoRad aluminum radiator was bolted to the AutoRad aluminum core support.

To make the Lingenfelter LS3 look as good as it sounds, a pair of Billet Specialties aluminum valve covers along with a Vintage Air Highway 22 pulley assembly and Spectra air cleaner were installed.

Raising the hood exposes the GM LS3 Lingenfelter Performance Engineering engine fitted with all the right internal go-fast components. The exterior received a FAST intake, throttle body, EFI and ECU.

To allow the G/10 to move forward and backward, a TCI 4L65E automatic transmission was equipped with a shift kit, and a 2,500-rpm stall converter was bolted behind the Lingenfelter GM LS3 engine. Coast Driveline Service in Ventura, California supplied an aluminum driveshaft that links the TCI transmission and GMR rearend housing/Moser third member. An ididit tilt steering column with a shifter is capped with a Billet Specialties 34445 steering wheel half-wrapped with Porsche Flat Black and Orange leather.

Can you believe that SHR performed more than a 100 body mods to the G/10? Unfortunately, we don’t have enough room in this feature to list them all. Long Motor Company (LMC) was a major player in the G/10’s overall appearance. It supplied flawless sheet metal, bumpers, grille, headlight bezels and exterior door handles.

Inside, the SHR custom all-steel dash houses the relocated (center) factory 1970 gauge cluster filled with Dakota Digital gauges and Vintage Air control panel. Ron Mangus Hot Rod Upholstery in Rialto was responsible for making and covering the custom bucket seats and center console that houses the Kicker Audio control panel and power window switches. Matching leather kick, door and cab panels and headliner, sun visors and A-pillars were made for the G/10. High quality Porsche Tan and Black leather was cut, stitched, stretched and covered by Ron and his crew.

Justin Padfield and his very talented customizing technicians definitely raised the bar for the Goodguys Giveaway truck. This is definitely one badass prize. Good luck to everyone who enters the contest, and if you want to get the full details on the build see the March 2015 issue of our sister publication Street Trucks.

2015 Grand Prize Giveaway 1970 Chevrolet G/10 (C-10) Goodguys Rod & Custom Association (Pleasanton, CA)

Justin Padfield and his very talented customizing technicians definitely raised the bar for the Goodguys Giveaway truck. This is definitely one badass prize.”

The front fender wheel openings were raised 2 inches. A set of Billet Specialties Bonneville G wheels was wrapped in Nitto Invo rubber with Black Diamond Yellow sidewall stripes.
The trick chassis certainly helps this pickup handle the lateral forces
The custom tailgate was fitted with Greening Auto one-off “GOOD GUYS” billet letters. The tailgate is flanked with a pair of Marquez Design LED taillights that are frenched into the bed fenders. A custom SHR roll pan finishes off the rearend.
The SHR all-steel custom dash features a center gauge cluster filled with Dakota Digital gauges and the Vintage Air control panel and vents. Lil’ Louie designed and created the interior molding installed in the dash and door panels. An ididit tilt steering column capped with a Billet Specialties 34445 steering wheel was half-wrapped by Ron Mangus and his crew in Porsche Tan and Black leather.
Mangus created the custom door panels and covered them in Porsche Orange and Black leather and black pile carpet. He and his crew designed and made the stout custom bucket seats with oversize side bolsters, and then covered them with Porsche Tan with black leather inserts. They also designed and built the custom center console that houses the Kicker audio control panel and power window switches.



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