There comes a point in a man's life when he realizes, "I truly am my father's son." For Steve Richey, that moment came when he decided it was time to follow in his dad's footsteps and build a custom truck.
When Steve's dad announced he was going to build himself a custom truck and start hitting up just about every feasible event, it wasn't too long before Steve remembered the '68 Chevy his dad had given him. Long story short, before Steve knew it, he was head over heels in the middle of building this low, sleek, classy Chevy.
The plan for the truck's build didn't call for anything out of the ordinary. Instead, the approach was more along the lines of "kill 'em with kindness." Steve's philosophy was simple: leave the truck stock appearing to the eyes, yet concentrate on the finer details to really drive it home. Steve accomplished this by customizing many of the minor exterior items while leaving the Chevy's overall profile, well, Chevy.
The first things to go were blatant items like the door handles, door locks, gas filler door, and badges. After that, things got more finite. For starters, they removed the front bumper and shaved the bolt holes. Instead of simply reinstalling the bumper, Steve and his buddy Chris West sunk it 3/4 inch into the front of the truck. In the back, Steve didn't even mess around with the rear bumper. Instead, he threw it away altogether and installed a Sir Michaels steel roll pan in its place. Enhancing the roll pan's look is Steve and Chris' uniquely customized tailgate. By unique, we mean they did away with the indented Chevrolet script that reads across the '68's rear by flattening the curvaceous tailgate. Taking the 'gate one step further, they also flattened the dip just above the Chevrolet script. The altered tailgate now looks sleek and smooth, just like the roll pan.
The only things that aren't black in the interior are the chrome ididit steering column an
From this rear shot you can see how Steve and Chris flattened the tailgate.
With the rear end done, the duo jumped to the top of the bed, where they filled in the stake pockets. The truck's look was starting to come together, but the Chevy's side profile still wasn't satisfying them. Therefore, the next things to go were the front and back side marker lights. They also hacked 1 1/2 feet out of the longbed to make the truck a shortbed. Lastly, it was time to lay down a paint job that would blend all the new mods together in a subtle and sleek way. As Steve thought more and more about it, he realized there's no better color than black. The truck made its way over to Randy Fawks for the PPG Black paintjob, which, by the way, is the only part of the truck that had to be farmed out.
Underneath the stylish exterior, Steve kept things rather simple as well. In the rear, he installed a narrowed Ford 9-inch. Helping the 14x15-inch Centerline wheels wrapped in 31x18.5-inch Hoosier Pro Street radials get traction is a ladder-bar setup with coilovers. Matching the monster tires in the rear are Centerline 15x7-inch wheels with BFGoodrich 235/60/15 rubber up front. Dropping the Chevy on the ground is a full Air Ride Technologies system. Under the hood lies a GM 350 crate motor. To help the motor inhale better, Steve installed an Edelbrock carburetor with a K&N air filter. Allowing the motor to exhale are Sanderson headers with a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust system. Channeling the power from the motor to the rearend is a 700R4 tranny.
Moving inside the cab, Steve installed an interior right along the lines of the rest of the truck: simple yet elegant. Steve laid down black carpet, then covered the stock bench seat in black leather and tweed. As for the door panels and headliner, Steve got that from RodDoors. He ordered a steering column from ididit, and the steering wheel is a Billet Specialties Banjo wheel. Behind the wheel sits Dakota Digital gauges. Strapping the truck's passengers in are black Juliano's seatbelts.
Now that the truck is finished, it's easy to see why the killer low and black Chevy is sure to kill 'em with kindness.