Bill Ilari saw an ad for this ’63 Chevy C10 stepside in the Auto Trader from San Luis Obispo, California. The owner lived in Arroyo Grande, California, and had just bought the truck in Merced, but was selling it because it used too much gas. When Bill moved from California to Sutherlin, Oregon, the truck came with him and the rebuild continued. He did all the work, except the final blocking and paint, and a few other jobs.

The body was shaved and seams filled. In front, a ’64 Chevy grille was fitted with a custom insert. In back, the ’48 Chevy taillights were frenched below the Mar-K double-walled tailgate. A 350 Chevy engine with high-compression pistons, a mild cam, and ported and polished small-plug heads is paired with a Turbo 400, with 4.10 gears in the stock 12-bolt truck rearend. Drop spindles, dropped front and rear springs, and power front disc brakes, all from CPP, were added to the stock frame. Inside, Dolphin gauges fill the billet dash, and Corbeau seats replace the stockers.

Does it still use too much gas? Not when you calculate the smiles per gallon!

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