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.

Eventually the original driveline was yanked and a GM crate 350 backed with a GM Turbo 350 trans put in its place. An Edelbrock 600-cfm carb sits on top the motor, which also sports a Tru Trac belt system, GM HEI ignition, and Doug Thorley headers piping sounds through the Flowmaster mufflers. The rearend is the stock unit recogged with 3.40 gears for smooth highway driving.

To get the ride quality where he wanted, Jason introduced Greg to Roseville Rod & Custom. Suspension duties are handled by an AccuAir system with Varishocks at all four corners and 3-inch drop spindles in the front. Believe it or not, finding six-lug wheels that fit Greg’s vision was a bit harder than expected. (Greg says if he had to do it over, he’d have switched everything out to allow for five-luggers since they are in greater variety and abundance than his six-lug wheels.) He finally found what he was looking for with the custom-made Wheel Vintique Lakesters the truck sits on—17x7 up front and 17x9½ in the rear.

Inside the cab, Greg’s desire for a nice clean look lead to removing the ashtray, stock radio, dash speaker, and all the controls for a flush appearance. The truck now has a Vintage Air unit (kept clean in the engine compartment to hide the hoses) as well as an ididit tilt column, Billet Specialties steering wheel, and billet insert with Auto Meter gauges. The No Limit Glide seat was clad in buff Ultraleather and sits on top of square-weave tan carpet, thanks to the guys at Ward Auto Interiors in Orangevale, California. Tunes are handled by a Pioneer unit powering Xtant amps and Crystal speakers, all courtesy of Nu Concepts in Citrus Heights, California.

When it all adds up, a stolen truck lead to a chance encounter at a paint store and ultimately the truck you see here. Jason convinced Greg to take his truck to the Sacramento Autorama in 2008, where he unexpectedly but happily captured Second Place in his class. It’s anybody’s guess if the truck Greg had in high school would’ve turned out this nice had it not been stolen. When asked if he planned to put some anti-theft hardware on his current ride, Greg says that it’s never out of his sight long enough to be stolen. We can’t say we blame you, Greg.

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