When you’re just starting out as a parent, it’s easy to question your own actions. You trust your instincts at the time and after a few years you sometimes look back and realize you could’ve handled various situations better or not taken something so seriously that, in hindsight, was pretty trivial. By the time you become a grandparent, you feel like you’ve finally got it figured out. It’s too late to start over with your own kids, but you feel tempted to make up for it by spoiling the daylights out of your grandkids. Such is the case with Kenny Reid of Balch Springs, Texas.
He’s one of those grandfathers any aspiring hot rodder would love to have. And his young grandson Bryson is already well on his way to appreciating the hobby. Seeing a red, rumbling truck come to pick him up from daycare is a weekly thrill. He affectionately calls Kenny’s imposing ’68 C10 “pop’s hot rod truck.” But whether you’re Kenny’s lucky grandson or just a casual admirer, going for a ride in this potent pickup would be a treat anyone would greatly anticipate.
When it comes to knowing his way around a truck, Kenny is no novice. As a seasoned bodywork technician, Kenny’s knowledge is apparent in the clean lines of this old C10. And if you saw it before he began working on it, you’d be amazed how it ever went from basket case to big-block-powered Texas thunder.
Kenny came in possession of the ’68 after a friend traded it to him for some bodywork services—and it’d definitely seen better days. He ultimately purchased several other trucks of similar vintage to get usable sheetmetal. Kenny admired the body style of this particular generation of Chevy truck and wanted something with pro-street flavor, but the handling capabilities of a modern truck.
He started with the frame, which came from a donor truck since the original had been damaged in a wreck. The original cab was also too rotted to salvage, so extreme Chevy enthusiasts may notice that the present cab doesn’t quite match the rest of the truck. It is in fact a ’72 GMC cab, which in all respects is just about identical to the original. One of the biggest differences is it’s set up for factory air, although Kenny doesn’t presently have an air system installed. His choice of powerplants, a 454 bored .30 over with a Holley 750 double-pumper and Lunati cam is mated to a Turbo 400 trans with a TCI 1,500 stall converter. (We think this combo is enough to get this truck flying down the road so fast that just having the windows down probably makes up for not having A/C.)