Scott and Jody Farrell pose with their attention-getting C10, complete only three weeks wh
Scott Farrell from Largo, Florida, is a custom painter and the owner of Attitude Custom Painting in Pinellas Park, Florida. Although he specializes in motorcycles, as you’ll see, he also has quite a talent for painting four wheelers as well. Scott’s first truck was a ’56 F-100 and later, he built a ’63 pro-street Chevy truck with his father-in-law, back in the early ‘90s. They were great fun and he missed them after they were sold. In August 2010, he decided it was time to get back into the game, tracking down this 1966 Chevy C10 in Plant City, Florida. He drove the 45 year-old truck for a few weeks but soon realized that the drum brakes, loose steering, and antiquated suspension was not the safest combination. He planned on doing a frame off but as a result of the truck’s condition, pushed up the timetable. Establishing an ambitious goal of one year to complete the truck, Scott created a series of weekly goals to ensure his show winner would make the deadline.
The rejuvenated truck rolls on black 20 inch Boss wheels and G-Force tires with prominent
Everything starts with disassembly and after stripping the truck, Scott C-notched the frame and replaced the trailing arms and cross member with a Classic Performance Products (CPP) unit. The 12-bolt rear end was equipped with an adjustable Panhard bar, 4.10:1 gears, and a new Auburn Posi. The front retained the stock A-arms but they were augmented with 2-inch CPP dropped spindles and a CPP front sway bar. New 3-inch CPP lowering springs were added bringing the front end down a total of five inches. The 5-inch dropped springs in the rear, along with 2-inch lowering blocks, (carefully milled to change the pinion angle) brought the rear down a total of seven inches for a “just-enough” static drop. Scott stabilized the ride with new CPP Nitro shocks on all four corners, then guaranteed modern stopping power by installing the CPP Big Brake kit, featuring four-piston calipers that squeeze 13-inch rotors up front and 12-inch versions in the rear. Range was enhanced with a custom 20-gallon fuel tank mounted in the rear of the frame. Getting the chassis rolling is a set of 20-inch Boss 338 rims, 8½-inches wide up front and 10½-inches in the rear, wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber, 40-series up front and 45-series out back.
Motive power was next on the list and Scott upgraded the C10 with a 383 stroker motor built by the experts at White Performance and Machine in Kingsport, Tennessee. Already broken in and shipped with a dyno sheet, the crate engine came with modern internals that included a Scat crank and rods, Probe 10.5 to 1 pistons and Howard roller cam. On top, a showy Spectre dual cold air intake directs outside air to the Quick Fuel 750 CFM carburetor. The air/fuel mix travels through a polished Hurricane manifold to a set of Procomp aluminum heads. HEI ignition sends precisely timed sparks through Accel wiring with Hedman long tube headers routing spent gases through 15⁄8-inch dual pipes to Flowmaster mufflers. The combination delivers 460 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque to the 200-4R four-speed automatic, modified by the Transmission Depot in Hudson, Florida. They beefed it up with a complete TransGo High Performance Stage 2 shift kit along with other performance-enhanced internals.
The painted firewall and frame rails showcase the highly polished 383 stroker motor, equip
The subtle additions to the bed include a combination of ebonized red oak shot with a sati
The ’66 Chevy Custom Cab retains the original side trim and is painted a custom mixed Lime
Once suspension and power train modifications were complete, bodywork began by soda blasting the cab, uncovering several problems like rusted inner and outer rocker panels that had to be replaced. The hood was also rusted beyond repair but luckily, Scott sourced one from an old fire truck. Before long, the cab, hood, and fenders were in primer awaiting paint. Bed work was next, modernized in a traditional way but with a twist. Red oak planks were ordered from Mar-K with hidden bolts on the bed strips. Rather than leave the oak in its natural color, Scott ebonized the wood to make it blend in with the new paint colors soon to be applied. Mar-K’s stealth latches were incorporated to hold the new tailgate ordered from Top Banana and the rear wheel tubs were widened an additional four inches for clearance. Body mods were kept to a minimum on the Chevy Custom Cab but the bumper bolts were smoothed front and rear and small Peep side mirrors added. After spraying lots of trial panels, Scott chose a custom mixed shade of Lime Green Pearl, accenting it with satin black basecoat/clearcoat on the roof, grille, and side trim, matching the shade of the black powder coated rims.
With the end in sight, all that was left was the interior, beginning with a custom panel on the dash to hold the new Auto Meter Phantom II electric gauges. A Billet Specialties steering wheel resides on a polished column. The 6-way F-150 front bench seat with power lumbar was reupholstered by Bill Hess from Pinellas Park, using carbon and gray leather with lime green stitching. Adding to the fun is a Custom Autosound USA-630 head unit powering the six-speaker stereo. The Dynamat-slathered interior is library quiet.
The interior uses a powered bench seat from a Ford F-150, re upholstered in carbon and gra
Scott’s original goal was simply a nice street driven truck, one that was financed by the sale of his pinball machines, motorcycle, Vette, and boat. As tough as it was to part with his other toys, the completed truck was more than worth the sacrifice. It turned out even better than expected and the eye-catching “BADitude” has already captured three Best of Show trophies in its first three outings. Scott and his wife Jody are looking forward to many pleasant miles in their show-winning Chevy that has also become a great rolling advertisement for the business. CCT