Hi John! There aren’t many wheels readers whom we have featured four times but you have such a fabulous collection of classics that we just had to catch up again! Before you tell us about your awesome Chevrolet C10, give us an update on your other cars — the ’69 Buick La Sabre Wildcat and ’62 Cadillac Coupe Deville…
Thanks for having me back — again! Well, I moved back to the Marina so that means I have lost my garage and so all of the cars are currently stored at my warehouses. The Buick is for sale while Gina (my Cadillac) has new air compressors fitted and two auxiliary air tanks. Don’t know what to do with it next but I will plan something cool — perhaps a colour change, who knows, just don’t tell my wife.
It’s our little secret! Are there any others in the pipeline?
I still want a Superbird and a ‘32 Ford and a ‘41 Willys and, and, and...
We get it! You’ve been busy with your truck for some time and it is now finally finished and looks great. It wasn’t something you were specifially after though, was it...
No that’s right — it was a bit of an impulse buy really. I have always loved the Pro Street look so I typed it in to eBay, saw it and bought it! That was back in 2016 and I bought it to fill the container when I got the Buick. I kept starting to work on it and then got busy and left it how it was until I had time again.
It was in terrible condition. It was originally a show car from California but the guy who owned it before me didn’t have any idea what he was doing so it was a real mess. When I bought it, it had already been back halved professionally at Chassis Works Engineering in California. For anyone who doesn’t know what a back halved car is, basically the whole back of the car is removed, so from just behind the cab to the back is replaced, in this case with a full five link rear end.
I started to go through it all and before I knew it, it was stripped to a rolling chassis! Basically the truck is brand new apart from the cab. I also told my wife that I bought it for a quick flip and that I would sell it on, now I don’t think I can part with it unless somebody out there wants to make an offer that I can’t refuse!
Come on, give us the nitty-gritty details of all the work you’ve done to it...
Well, the chassis was completely stripped to bare metal, treated and painted as was the body, the firewall was smoothed and welded to get rid of anything that was not needed or looked ugly. The body has new rocker panels, new glass, new grille, new everything really and as you can see everything is now secured with stainless steel allen head socket bolts.
I also removed the inner front fenders for weight saving, and because it looks cool.
It has Audi S Line seats from an A4, a dakota digital dash originally designed for a Camaro, B&M megashifter on the TH 350 gearbox which allows for manual shifting.
A B&M line lock on the front brakes, Quick car switch panels featuring push button starter, new handles inside and out and obviously a nice new paint job.
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Tell us about the drivetrain; what engine and transmission did you source for it?
The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, manufactured in 1989. I ran the numbers and it seems that it’s a truck based block, but was designed to replace smog controlled Corvette motors.
The motor has an Edelbrock camshaft, and an Edelbrock air gap RPM intake manifold and a matching Edelbrock 650 CFM vacuum secondary carburettor.
The ignition is all race inspired; Mallory Unilite electronic distributor mated to a Mallory Powermaster coil. It has three inch exhaust pipes that are about a metre long, the rear axle is an 8 3/4 inch Chrysler from a Dodge Charger and finally the 15in Weld Racing wheels with the giant Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro tyres finishes it all off nicely.
I have never had it on a Dyno but according to my research on the engine and all the work that has gone into it, it should be making around 400bhp.
Have you taken it on the track or plan to do so?
I would love to, perhaps at Yas Marina or Um Al Quain, it would be interesting to see how it performs out there. I did a few test runs on the clock and I think 9.9 or low 10 second quarters are possible.
It’s a powerhouse! One of our favourite features has to be the line-lock system you put on it — burnouts galore! What are your favourite aspects about the truck?
The back wheels; they are outrageously large, and obviously no one else has them here.
The line lock is just fantastic for burnouts, I’ve taken some tread from the tyres, actually my wife keeps catching me burning out outside my workshop and calls me a child. If you were a child wouldn’t this truck and a line lock be on your birthday wish list?
The truck just looks sinister all in black. It is loud, noisy, fast and a real handful.
What sort of comments does it get from enthusiasts?
Most people ask if the tyres are two sets glued together! People have mixed opinions but the most common question is, “why?”. The answer? “Because I can!”
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