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Certain vehicles have a tendency to follow you through life, whether it means literally following you on a trailer or somehow finding its way back to your garage after being sold. For Jason McKinney, this 1967 Chevy C10 has followed him around for a while. He came to know the truck through his brother who bought it and hauled it from its original home in Southern California to Kansas City. The truck sat for about five years in Kansas City before Jason bought it and hauled it to his home in Alabama. The truck was a little rough around the edges, but it had plenty of potential. His intentions were to simply replace the truck’s tired small-block Chevy engine, but he ran into a few roadblocks when his job required him to relocate to Ooltewah, Tennessee, forcing him to sell the truck to lighten his load.
Once the dust settled from the move to Tennessee, Jason gave his buddy a call and talked him into selling the truck back. It hadn’t changed a lot since he owned it previously, and he saw it as the perfect chance to finally get it back on the road. What started as an engine upgrade escalated into a full-on rebuild, as Jason combed through the chassis, swapped in an LS engine, and commissioned Kevin Ross to make it shine. After four years of spare time on the weekends the final result is far beyond what Jason intended, but you won’t catch him complaining about his ultra-slick C10.
Underneath, the truck features a stock frame, which is upgraded with tubular crossmembers. Jason upgraded the front suspension with POL tubular upper and lower control arms, and lowered the stance a total of 5 inches with Classic Performance Products (CPP) 3-inch lowering springs and 2-inch modular drop spindles. He also added a CPP sway bar to reduce body roll. Out back he kept the stock rearend, but swapped axles to make easy work of converting it from six- to five-lug. The 12-bolt rearend features a 3.73:1 gear set, and Jason went through it with all-new seals and bearings. Rear suspension modifications consist of CPP 4-inch lowering springs and an adjustable track bar.
Braking power comes from Wilwood disc brakes, with drilled and slotted rotors and four-piston calipers on all four corners. The bright red calipers are visible between the spokes of 18×8 and 18×9.5 Boss 338 wheels, which are wrapped in Nitto 555 rubber.
Jason kept it simple when it came to the engine and transmission. He grabbed a 5.3L LS engine and 4L60E automatic transmission out of a 2008 Chevy Silverado and slid it into place. The stock LS engine is surrounded by a smooth firewall and slick paint. The original engine cover was smoothed and painted and a K&N intake offers a straightforward solution to bringing in cool air. Jason used an Aeromotive fuel pump to feed the LS engine, and moved the fuel tank to the rear of the truck using a custom tank from Boyd Welding. Ronnie Ross built the exhaust system, using 2.5-inch pipes, and MagnaFlow mufflers, connecting the new system to a set of Doug Thorley Tri-Y headers. A Champion aluminum radiator, fit with dual electric fans, keeps the engine cool. Jason used a combination of a Painless Performance Products wiring harness and Speartech engine swap harness for a worry-free system.
Without a doubt, the truck’s most attention-grabbing feature is its vibrant color and beautiful finish. The truck was in primer for many years, and the ugly truth was revealed when the primer was stripped off. It needed new rocker panels and cab corners, as well as floor patches. Body modifications include shaved trim and emblems, and Jason added a steel cowl induction hood, Eddie Motorsports billet hood hinges, a smooth front bumper, and updated lighting all around. The doors have a fresh, clean look with one-piece glass and billet mirrors. Kevin Ross was responsible for removing 45 years of bumps and bruises and laid the foundation for the beautiful paintjob. He then sprayed the Sikkens materials in a custom-mixed hue that they call San Blas Blue.
Inside, Jason’s pickup features a steel gray interior, utilizing 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee bucket seats and a host of custom touches, including a stylish console. The dash features a Classic Dash Thunder Road gauge insert, filled with Speedhut gauges. The dash also houses the Vintage Air controls, as well as the Pioneer head unit, which feeds Polk Audio speakers that ride in the Fesler Built kick panels. An ididit tilt column and billet steering wheel are color-matched to the gray interior.
As the four-year build reached an end, Jason stepped back and realized that his simple ideas had created a killer truck. While it would’ve been fun as a beater, this truck deserved the attention it got from Jason and everyone who laid hands on it. Jason offers a special thanks to his father for countless hours in the garage, and for sharing his passion for hot rods and classic trucks. From the pasture to the passing lane, Jason’s brilliant blue pickup has come a long way and he’s ready to slide behind the wheel to truly enjoy it.
1967 Chevrolet C10
Modifications: Tubular crossmembers
Rearend: Original 12 bolt with 3.73:1 gears, five-lug axles
Rear Suspension: CPP 4-inch drop springs
Rear Brakes: Wilwood, drilled and slotted rotors, four-piston calipers
Front Suspension: POL tubular arms, CPP 3-inch springs, and 2-inch spindles
Front Brakes: Wilwood, drilled and slotted rotors, four-piston calipers
Steering: Stock power steering
Front Wheels: Boss 338, 18×8
Rear Wheels: Boss 338, 18×9.5
Front Tires: Nitto 555 255/45R18
Rear Tires: Nitto 555 295/45R18
Gas Tank: Boyd Welding, custom under bed
Engine: 5.3L LS engine
Exhaust: Doug Thorley headers, MagnaFlow mufflers, 2.5-inch pipes
Radiator: Champion aluminum
Transmission: GM 4L60E
Style: 1967 Chevrolet C10
Modifications: Shaved trim and emblems
Hood: Steel cowl hood with billet hinges
Bodywork and Paint by: Kevin Ross
Paint Type / Color: Sikkens, custom mix blue metallic
Headlights / Taillights: Euro-style headlights, Marquez Designs taillights
Outside Mirrors: Billet
Glass: One-piece door glass conversion
Bumpers: Smoothed front bumper
Dashboard: Stock C10 with Classic Dash Thunder Road insert
Gauges: Custom by Speedhut
Air Conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Polk Audio speakers
Steering Wheel: Billet half-wrap
Steering Column: ididit
Seats: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Upholstery by: Owner
Material / Color: Steel Gray leather
Carpet: ACC Carpet with Dynamat