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ClassicsHow a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street

21:50  04 september  2019
21:50  04 september  2019 Source:   hotrod.com

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How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
How a 1968 Chevy C10 Built to Compete Got to the Street
One look at this '68 Chevy C10—in person, online, or in the pages of a magazine—and you can tell that it was built to be an athlete. Mike Viehe from Paris, Texas, the owner and builder of the Torch Red and patent-leather black pickup, isn't a classic truck enthusiast as much as he is a performance enthusiast. His latest street machine just happens to have a cab and a bed. Some of the other specialty vehicles Mike's owned are a Pro Street '68 Camaro and an LS3-powered Pro Touring '69 Camaro that has been competing in Goodguys autocross events and local races.

Mike bought the C10 from a friend back in 2013 with the intention of flipping it, "trying to make a little profit and move on down the road," as he told us. He soon changed his mind, deciding to keep the truck and build it up as an autocross competitor like his '69 Camaro. Once the body was off, and the existing chassis was disassembled. Mike removed 42 factory rivets from the frame, soda blasted it, and C-notched the 'rails to lower the truck. He rebuilt the chassis with performance handlingoriented parts from RideTech, choosing front and rear coilovers and heavy-duty antisway bars. A four-link system and antiroll bar were added in the rear. Wilwood disc brakes provide stopping power.

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With the body off the 'rails, it was easy to fit the engine and transmission. The LS3 was a crate motor ordered from Chevrolet Performance, and makes more than 500 hp. The exhaust system combines Hooker long-tube headers running into 3-inch pipes, with dual Flowmaster 50-series mufflers providing the right sound. A Griffin Scirocco radiator with dual fans keeps the engine from running hot. A Hurst-shifted TREMEC T56 six-speed delivers torque to 3.73:1 gears in the '68 GM 12-bolt Posi rearend.

Soda-blasting the body revealed an unwanted surprise: a bunch of rust, holes, and Bondo. The rockers were in terrible shape and the bed was unusable. Mike got rid of the bed and sent the cab to A&R Classic Restorations. Alan Pound, Ronnie McEnturff, and the A&R crew in Emory, Texas, had worked on Mike’s Pro Touring Camaro, so he had confidence that building the C10 wouldn’t be a challenge for the shop. In addition to the sheetmetal repair, the cab was shaved of lettering, emblems, side lights, and trim. Russell Himes came up with the custom grille design, using billet aluminum round headlight bezels and horizontal center bars. The bumper was eliminated, replaced with a custom air dam. The rear bumper was cut and pulled into the bed and the lower portion was modified with six vertical trim slats. Auto Metal Direct provided the replacement Fleetside bed. The rear chassis components required the oak wood floor to be raised to clear it all. Custom wheeltubs were fabricated from two fenderwells in order to fit the wide rear tires and wheels. The B-Forged 710-series wheels measure 19×9 and 20×12 and are wrapped in low-profile, fat-footprint 285/35R19 and 315/35R20 Nitto Invo tires. Alan Pound sprayed the red and black paint, splitting the two tones with a silver stripe along the beltline.

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A&R also built the interior, which reflects the shop’s emphasis on high performance. Hi-po and street are blended, combining elements like Sparco seats mounted below a rollbar with a cruising-friendly console (equipped with dual cup holders) in-between. A custom instrument panel houses Dakota Digital gauges, behind the Billet Specialties Fast Lane steering wheel on an ididit tilt column. Mike said the interior seen here was meant to be temporary and told us that it has since been redone.

There's a twist at the end of this story. The hot rod C10 built to carve those autocross cones is going to stay on the street. "The truck has all the right parts to go fast on the track and is really fun to drive, but it's simply too nice to tear up on the track," Mike told us. "After all the work these guys did, there was no way the truck was going to make it to the track." That doesn't mean that this athlete isn't getting some exercise. Mike and his dad, Mike Sr., took the freshly finished C10 on the Hot Rod Power Tour and Mike drives it all the time. "Its sweet spot is right at 80-85 mph," he says. The truck also shows up at the occasional truck show, such as the inaugural LMC Truck C10 Nationals, where it was awarded Best Of Show.

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Mike credits his friend Gary Robinson for a lot of help in building the C10. He also thanks his wife Brigitte "for putting up with all the late nights in the shop and all the excuses why things didn't work and why it takes so long to complete each task along the way."

1968 Chevy C10

Mike Viehe Jr.

CHASSIS

Frame: Stock, C-notched

Rearend / Ratio: Stock GM 12-bolt / 3.73:1

Rear Suspension: RideTech coilovers, antisway bar, four-link, antiroll bar

Rear Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes

Front Suspension: RideTech coilovers, antisway bars

Front Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes, six-piston calipers

Front Wheels: B-Forged Wheels 710-series 19x9

Rear Wheels: B-Forged Wheels 710-series 20x12

Front Tires: Nitto Invo 285/35R19

Rear Tires: Nitto Invo 315/35R20

Gas Tank: No Limit 24-gallon fuel tank

DRIVETRAIN

Engine: '12 Chevrolet Performance LS3

Cylinder Heads: Stock

Fuel Injection: Stock

Intake Manifold: Stock

Radiator: Griffin Scirocco

Fan: Griffin dual electric

Headers: Hooker Headers

Exhaust: 3-inch custom

Mufflers: Flowmaster 50-series

Transmission: TREMEC T56

Clutch: American Powertrain

BODY

Style: '68 Chevy C10

Modifications: Shaved trim and badging, marker lights filled

Bed: Auto Metal Direct, Oak floor, raised

Fenders: Stock

Hood: Stock

Headlights / Taillights: Stock, custom bezels / Stock

Grille: custom

Bumpers: Front eliminated, rear modified

Mirrors: '17 Mustang GT

Paint: PPG '15 GM Torch Red and gloss black, silver beltline stripe

INTERIOR

Modifications: Rollbar, center console

Dashboard: Stock with custom instrument panel

Gauges: Dakota Digital

Steering Wheel: Billet Specialties Fast Lane

Steering Column: ididit tilt/shifter

Pedals: Stock

Seats: Sparco

Carpet / Color: Loop pile / Black

Air Conditioning: Vintage Air

Sound System: Kenwood

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