Dropped spindles (2½-inch),...
Dropped spindles (2½-inch), small-block front springs, and a big-block engine all combine to lower the front end of Paul Clines’ ’67 Chevy Fleetside. Stock grille trim and headlight bezels, along with a reproduction front bumper have been rechromed.
It seems to be a very common story. A guy buys a truck to drive back and forth to work every day and then it ends up on the show circuit. David Clines bought a ’67 Chevy C10 from a buddy of his after a tree had fallen on the cab, essentially totaling the truck. After looking at it for a while, David decided the truck was probably beyond his abilities, so he pawned it off on his brother Paul. Isn’t that what brothers are for?
Paul purchased the truck with the intentions of fixing it up enough to be able to drive it back and forth to work and that would be it. The tree falling on it required that a roof skin and a front driprail from another truck be installed. With that done, Paul was happily driving the truck every day as his daily driver. On one of those daily commutes, one of the windows came out of the window channel that the glass rides in. That should be a simple fix, so Paul pulled the truck into his shop and started to fix the window. What began as simply pulling the door apart ended up as having the truck stripped down to just the frame and the cab; So much for driving it to work tomorrow.
After realizing that the original...
After realizing that the original longbed frame was bent, Paul decided to replace it with a more desirable shortbed frame. A set of stock bedsides from a shortbed truck was then added to the project. As in the front, a reproduction bumper has been rechromed.
With this new perspective of the condition of the truck, Paul realized that the longbed frame was bent. Soon thereafter, he found a shortbed frame and began reassembling the truck. Of course, he kept telling his wife, Tina, that it was going to be a daily driver. Paul had owned other daily drivers as well, like a ’57 Chevy hardtop, a ’67 Chevelle, a ’69 Chevelle, a ’68 El Camino, a ’71 Chevy C10, and a ’67 RS/SS 350 Camaro, so she had probably heard that story before. The fact that Paul owns Clines Customs should have also been a clue that this was not going to be just an ordinary daily driver.
While much of the truck utilizes stock components, the detail with which they are assembled makes this truck a winner. With the shortbed frame in hand, Paul used the stock front suspension. He did, however, use 2½-inch dropped spindles from Early Classic Enterprises, KYB G2 shocks, and stock, small-block springs to get the front closer to where it should be. He also replaced the front brakes with disc brakes from a 1971 Chevy C10. In the back, Paul mounted a GM 12 bolt rear end with limited slip and 3.07:1 gears with the stock trailing arms, but with four-inch dropped springs from Early Classic Enterprises. Painted Rally Wheels from Wheel Vintiques (15x8 front and 15x10 rear) shod with P255/60-15 and P275/60-15 rubber all combine to give the truck a nice stance.
Polished stainless steel rub...
Polished stainless steel rub strips and hardware accent the smooth paint and light-colored bed wood.
To get this project up and running, Paul used a 1972 vintage Chevrolet 454 block as his starting point. After machining was completed by Gary Anderson at Andlo Machine, in Pacific, Missouri, the block was filled with 10:1 Keith Black pistons, a Competition Cams Xtreme Energy cam with 284/296 duration and 574/578 lift. GM LS6 NOS casting of rectangular port heads with stainless steel valves are capped off with Billet Specialties valve covers and breathers. A polished Edelbrock dual-quad intake manifold mounts a pair of 600-cfm Edelbrock four-barrel carbs. Accel 8.8mm wires transfer spark from an MSD 6AL ignition control box to an MSD Pro Billet distributor to fire off the air/fuel mixture. The engine is kept cool with a Flow Kooler High Volume water pump and a 16-inch Be Cool electric fan. Exhaust is disposed of through Hooker Super Comp headers and Walker Trufit mufflers. Power is transmitted to the rear end through a GM Turbo 400 of 1967 vintage that utilizes a 9-inch 3500-stall convertor and a B&M Transpack. Shifting is done with a B&M Truck Mega Shifter.
Since this truck was just going to be a daily driver, Paul kept the body modifications to a minimum. A reproduction steel cowl-induction hood from Dynacorn was installed, along with reproduction front and rear bumpers from LMC. Those bumpers and several stock items have been chrome-plated. Paul used Transtar basecoat/clearcoat for the Seafoam Green paint.
Paul had the stock seat covered with black vinyl and black loop carpet installed by Rags To Riches, in Cuba, Missouri. The stock AM radio still works and was left as is, because as Paul puts it, “My big-block is my tunes.” With the help of his son Brandon, Paul Clines has stayed true to his word. They drive this truck every day, smiling all along the way. CCT
Beneath the cowl-induction...
Beneath the cowl-induction hood is a Chevy 454 engine block of a 1972 vintage. It includes 10:1 pistons, LS6 heads, and a polished dual-quad intake with a couple of 600-cfm carbs. Also lots of detailing and stainless steel fasteners.
The interior is made up of...
The interior is made up of a reupholstered stock bench seat, stock dash and gauges, and a Chevy Vega steering wheel. Who needs a stereo system when you can listen to the roar of the big-block?