The story behind Colby Elliot's '86 Chevy C-10 is not an unusual one. As did a lot of the truck owners that have had their customized trucks grace the pages of Custom Classic Trucks, Colby got the hot-rod bug from his father. Colby told us that his Dad is a car guy and he has always been around it. Colby started out washing cars for a collision shop while he was still in high school and then it was just a natural progression. By the time he was out of school he was well on his way to becoming an accomplished bodyman. Colby credits Steve Mitchell as being his mentor, along with a long list of people he wanted to make sure got their props, but we will get to them as our story progresses.
Starting with the front with the '86's bodywork, Colby narrowed the stock C-10 bumper 6 inches, and then completely re-skinned it by eliminating the stock front license-plate location. Next to go was the factory-stamped details in the front bumper, along with shaving the bumper-bolt heads and modifying the bumper to accept bumper-studs that nutted from the inside. With the front bumper completely whacked out of stock shape, next in line was modifying the front fenders to accept the customized bumper. Colby notched and boxed the front fenders to align with the bumper, and then shaved the DOT markers and grille moldings. Working rearward from there, shaving was the name of the game. The '86 received a shaved cowl, driprails, and cab seams, right on inside to shaving the firewall. In contrast to the typical mini-truck style of ditching the inner-fender wells to provide clearance for when the truck lays out, Colby took the street-rodder route and custom-built his inner fenderwells and core support. Reinforcing the "less is more" street-rod philosophy, Colby's '86 relies on a Corvette master cylinder relocated to under the floor to completely rid the shaved firewall of any unwanted and unsightly stubble. At the receiving end of the Vette brake master cylinder is a four-wheel disc brake system from Stainless Steel Brake Corporation tasked with the chore of clamping a set of Bonspeed wheels shod with Nitto tires.
It takes more than just a set of airbags to get a late C-10 to lay as hard as Colby's '86. In order to get the '86 way down on the ground, the crew at Ekstensive Metal Works in Houston took a big slice out of the bed and cab floor to give the truck a healthy 3-inch body-drop. Lifting the '86 back to ride height is a pair of Vi-Air 400 compressors plumbed to two 6-gallon tanks from Air Ride Technologies.
It's not all just for show: Colby's '86 is powered by a built 383 stroker. Courtney Christian of C4 Motorsports based the badass small-block around a 286-degree COMP Cam buried underneath an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold equipped with a 650 Demon carburetor. Ignition is thanks to a GM HEI distributor feeding juice to the spark plugs via Taylor wires. On the exhaust side of things, Chuck at American Muffler bent up and connected 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust pipes behind a pair of collectors originating from a pair of Hedman Headers. To provide a silenced throaty note without choking the 383's performance, Chuck added the finishing touch with a pair of Flowmaster mufflers.
Vision Audio is responsible for the custom sound system within Colby's '86: a Kenwood EZ500 head unit backed up with JL Audio components, including four JL Audio 6.5" subwoofers in a custom-built downfire box. For the interior in Colby's '86, Roy Gibbs at American Upholstery combined a tasty mix of Ultra Leather and Ultra Suede on the ISS bucket seats, Jimmy Davis custom sculpted upper door-panels, and a custom fabricated dashboard. In front of a Carriage Works Stanton model steering wheel rests a Haneline 3-in-1 Combo packed full of white-faced gauges. To handle all of the electrical demands of Colby's '86, Gilbert Diaz strung in a Painless Performance 18-circuit wiring harness. The one-piece windows are from Brothers, and the front and rear Euro-style headlights and taillights are from LMC Truck in Lenexa, Kansas.
For custom paint, Colby shipped his '86 to the "square-body kings" at Hill's Hot Rods in Lubbock, Texas. Jason Hill and Mark Spencer went to town laying down a super-slick coating of Pearl Black on the bottom, with Chili Red with custom chrome graphics by Jason Hill separating the two main colors.
In closing, Colby thanked his wife, Haley, and his dad, Jerry. He went on state that "anything is possible if a person doesn't rush, pays attention to detail, and realizes that less is more."