It's strange how when we walk through the doors of a movie theatre we're there to be entertained, yet when we leave through the same doors our minds race with thoughts paralleling our own lives to those on the screen. What was intended to entertain in fact educated, and became a vehicle for reflection. When I look back on my three-year saga during the building of Get Shorty, (ironically the name of the truck was pirated from the '90's movie!) all I can think about is Forrest Gump; particularly when Forrest takes off running. When Jenny asks why, he replied, "For no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. I ran clear to the ocean, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going." Much like Get Shorty's build, Forrest's run ended three years later. Initially I set out to build a quick and simple custom truck, but just like Forrest, I figured I'd gone this far so I might as well keep on goin'. Here's how this story played out.
Three years ago I picked up a '71 Chevy C10 longbed. Now, nothing against longbeds, but they're not my style. Therefore, the first step was to hack the back. Once shortened, the GM suspension was swapped out for a RideTech setup. That sent the truck totally tubular with tubular trailing arms, A-arms, Panhard rod, and more. To add some flash I drilled 1-inch holes in the trailing arms and inserted tubing in each hole. Allowing the perfect stance at any given moment is the addition of the Ride Pro solenoid system with complementing airbags. Rounding out the chassis are Performance Online cross-drilled rotors with GM calipers and a No Limit Engineering aluminum gas tank.
When I purchased the C10 it had a 307 motor nestled between the framerails, again, no thanks. In its place is a 410hp Smeding Performance 383 Hot Rod crate motor planted in a one-off engine compartment. Accessorizing the motor is a Concept One serpentine system, Mooneyes valve covers, Lokar linkage, and Performance Stainless Steel water neck. Allowing the stroker motor to exhale is a set of full-length Doug's Headers mated to a custom Stainless Works 21/2-inch exhaust system with custom exhaust ports, which I created. Cooling is provided via a US Radiator aluminum radiator with a matching fan shroud and dual 11-inch fans. Behind the 383 sits a Gearstar Level 4 4L60 transmission coupled with an Inland Empire Driveline driveshaft.
Once the chassis was dialed the frame was disassembled and smoothed and then painted House of Kolor Kandy Pagan Gold. Various other suspension components received brushed aluminum powdercoat from Performance Coatings in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.