If you’ve ever had a vehicle stolen, you know the emotions that come with it. At first there’s denial and a secret hope that it’s just someone you know playing a bad joke on you. Then there’s that “if I only could’ve caught the guy doing it” thought that sits in your head for a few months after you realize it’s the real thing, along with the inevitable phone calls to the police and your insurance company. After the dust settles a bit and nothing turns up, you finally end up getting a replacement vehicle that never seems to measure up to what you had to begin with. If you’ve had a classic ride taken from you, that bitterness cuts even deeper.

Greg Warren is among the card-carrying members of that unfortunate group of people who’ve had a classic they had big plans for nabbed right out from under them. Back in high school Greg had a ’64 C10 he was going to fix up, until he parked it at the local mall only to come back to find it’d disappeared. Although the truck was never found, Greg vowed that he’d get a replacement one day and continue the plans he had to build it into his dream.

Fast forward 22 years and Greg came across a ’65 C10 in the newspaper and decided the time was right to pick up where he’d left off. The truck ran strong, but had the usual wear and tear associated with a vehicle of that era. Slowly Greg began to take it apart thinking he’d just do a few things here and there and have it as a daily driver. As things typically go with builds, a domino effect was about to unfold.

A trip to the paint store to pick up some DIY supplies lead to a conversation in the parking lot with someone well-versed in the art of bodywork and paint. The individual who imparted his wisdom to Greg took off in a blue truck with flames, prompting Greg to do some further investigation as to his identity. Upon going back to speak to the clerk about whom the knowledgeable stranger was, Greg learned it was Jason Haskin, owner of Jason Haskin’s Hot Rod Shop in Roseville, California.

Greg caught up with Jason on the phone and realized that taking on this project by himself was more than he bargained for. Greg knew Jason’s expertise couldn’t be dismissed so he decided to let him work his magic. Greg’s initial idea for the build was a clean, semi-stock looking cruiser. When he got the truck back with its flawless bodywork, shod in PPG Peacock Red, Greg knew he couldn’t stop there.

Among the body mods that give this truck the its clean but custom look are the flattened crown on the hood and filled stake pockets in the rear. Upon closer inspection you’ll notice that the latch for the tailgate has been relocated to the inside of the bed and is controlled by a barrel-type slider latch—a touch that gets a lot of lookers at car shows. After all, why let the stock chains damage such a nice paintjob? Greg also decided since he couldn’t find aftermarket vent windows and the existing ones were too damaged to repair that he’d switch to electric-powered one-piece side glass, furthering the sleekness of the truck’s appearance. The fuel tank, now a No Limit unit, was relocated under the bed along with the filler spout.