Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Vintage trucks are extremely popular right now, and if this 'rockabilly' 1963 Chevrolet C10 stepside is any indication, there's a bright future in old haulers. From the awesome custom paint job to the strong running Straight 6 under the hood, this cool pickup nails in spades the original look and feel of a classic Chevy streetrod hauler. If the late, great James Dean picked a truck to voice-over in 'Cars 4', wouldn't it look just like this?
Finished in Matte Black paint with red accents and pinstripe work throughout, this '63 Chevy might as well have a black comb in its front pocket, a toothpick in its mouth, and a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in its sleeve. The stepside offers dramatic styling with lots of swoops and curves, and with the added curb appeal of that pronounced rake and big-and-little rim package, it makes a bold statement before it's even cranked. Dupont Hot Rod Black paint was laid down over straight bodywork back in late 2013, and the pros that did the work really got it right. Matte paint can be tricky, especially in a flat black finish, so the body needs to be laser straight and the paint has to be laid down precisely by skilled hands, otherwise every little imperfection will show. The results speak for themselves, as this is a top-flight driver-grade truck that borders on show-quality in some circles, and it's a conversation piece everywhere it goes. Red pinstripe work on the hood, tailgate, and profile flames was all laid down by hand, and along with the contrasting red front grille does a great job counter-acting the matte black finish. Other styling details include the wing-like lip at the back of the cab, which probably has no real function but looks really cool, and the rocket-style taillights out back look amazing. Chrome bumpers fore and aft provide just enough bling, with a cool dealership name engraving on the rear bumper calling back to the truck advertisements of old (although usually these were painted on bumpers). The bed is beautifully refinished with black-stained wood and red slats to match the theme, probably too nice to do much hauling, but when it's this pretty, who cares?
The interior has been completely reconfigured as well, anchored by a pair of very comfortable and well-padded, late-model black bucket seats accented with red piping, sitting over an expanse of fresh, black carpets lining the floor. A center console splits the seats and adds storage and cup holders, and right next to it is one of the coolest custom shifters we've ever seen fabricated to manage the 3-speed manual transmission below. Simple steel door panels were painted with a gloss black finish and given all new hardware, as was the headliner and back of the cab, while the metal dash was painted bright red to continue the two-tone color theme found outside. There's more custom pinstripe work on the glove compartment door, fresh factory gauges were added ahead of the driver, and a SunPro tachometer was strapped to the steering column where it's joined by a new leather-rimmed 3-spoke steering wheel. A trio of auxiliary gauges were added under the dash to help keep an eye on the motor, and a JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo was hidden away in the glove compartment in lieu of cutting up any sheetmetal, and it powers speakers neatly hidden away in the kick panels. Everything inside is in great shape, further proof that this truck was shown more than it was ever driven, and the components picked were all aimed at the comfort of the driver and passenger
When the truck was restored, a 230 Straight 6 was kept stock, nestled between the front fenders like it would've been the day it rolled of the factory floor. Of course, unlike the plain set-up from the factory, these inner fenders were beautifully painted bright red and the firewall finished in matte black to match the overall two-tone theme. A little bit of chrome was added for extra bling, including the shiny valve cover and air cleaner atop the single barrel carb, and all the plumbing and wiring was neatly routed and tucked away to give the engine bay a great appearance. Like every well-maintained/restored Inline 6s it runs beautifully, and all the accessories appear to have been replaced/restored at the time of the build (and we have a lots of receipts, restoration photos, and even a DVD that backs all that up), all the way down to the big radiator and alternator up front. Long-tube headers were added and heat-wrapped tight up against the engine, and they lead into a custom exhaust system with dual 'glasspack' mufflers that add a little bark to the otherwise silky-smooth 6-cylinder soundtrack. A 3-speed manual transmission makes the truck a blast to drive, and it spins a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end with a bright chrome differential cover. Underneath the chassis is a thing of beauty that was finished to show-off like the rest of the truck, and an upgraded front clip features swapped
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