It only takes a quick look around to see that the youth of America don't exactly drive old trucks, or even cars, for that matter. Instead, you'll find Hondas with papier-mache kits and wings with multiple steps that tower over the bug protector on trucks. Beyond the rice rockets come late-model trucks with Lamborghini doors, 24-inch dubs, Louis Vuitton interiors, and more. On the one hand it's cool because at least the custom truck/car movement is still moving forward, but at the same time we'd still like to see some vintage metal on the road with a pilot who looks like he still gets carded at even the worst of the dive bars out there.
If you're ever in Orange County, California, you just may happen to see some new blood cruisin' the streets in a classic truck that isn't a figment of your imagination. Twenty-four-year-old Jose Lopez Jr. is an old truck aficionado. In fact, he digs old trucks so much he's willing to get up at 5 or 6 in the morning (regardless of how wild the night before turned out) to shoot down to the Donut Derelicts car show or walk around a show by himself if he can't find anyone to go with him. We're tellin' ya, the dude is diehard, and that's why when he had the chance to buy his brother's '65 C10 it didn't take him long to whip out the cash.
When Jose was 11 years old his older brother picked up this '65 Chevy, and since that day Jose has always had a thing for the truck. Three years ago Jose's chance to make the truck his own came when his older brother realized he didn't really want the truck anymore. As soon as word spread Jose dropped $3,000 on the table and began planning the truck.
As it turns out, Jose is the type of guy who puts his paychecks in the bank instead of buying useless crap. Which couldn't have worked out any better when he started pricing out parts and the like, because he soon found it was going to cost him about twice as much as he figured. Unlike some builders who end up with an eclectic truck, Jose planned out a build that goes something like this: everything had to be Chevy, the loaded C10 had to look stock, but most importantly, the truck had to reflect his own personality.