The automobile-when you think about it, it's nothing more than an ever-evolving machine designed to commute from point A to point B in the most efficient, quickest, and safest manner possible. Yet, somewhere along the way the automobile was taken under the wings of the American culture and transformed into something more prominent than just metal, rubber, plastic, and glass shuffling down the highway.
The automobile has become something that evokes feelings, passion, and memories in every American. It’s a one-of-a-kind machine … I mean think about it, ya ever heard of people ranting and raving about a blender or lawn mower they had back in the day? The story of Robyne Lindley’s ’66 Chevy C10 is one of those stories that solidifies America’s love affair with the automobile.
Just over four decades ago Robyne's father Rudy Muller purchased the '66 C10 brand new. Now whether Rudy knew it at the time or not, the purchase of the '66 would be one of the crowning moments in the Muller's life. Not only did the truck serve its everyday purposes, but it's what took the family to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to camp and pan for gold. A tradition that not only Robyne and her brother, who can still recall crawling through the rubber-mounted rear window hatch into the longbed camper, would know, but every grandchild in the family would come to know as well.
Beyond that, it’s what many of them learned to drive in, but ultimately when Robyne and others see the ’66, it summons a feeling that can be summed up in three letters—dad. When Robyne gained possession of the truck she knew then and there it had to be restored, and her husband Jody was game. Therefore, the ’66 was taken to Lindley’s Body and Paint (their place of business) in McAlister, Oklahoma, for a complete ground-up restoration.
Although it may have been sentimental, it was decided that the truck was going to become a thing of beauty, as opposed to a camping vessel, therefore Jody hunted down a shortbed frame for the '66. From there he outfitted the newly acquired chassis with a front clip from a '72 C10. The addition of drop springs and CPP 2-inch drop spindles further separated the '66 from its previous utilitarian look. The rearend was tossed for a 12-bolt from a '72 C10, and again some lower coils were thrown in the mix. Monroe shocks and Bendix brakes were then nestled at each corner.
A 350 was pulled out of a ’93 Chevy and worked over for speed and looks. The fuel injection was tossed for an Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor. Dressing the area up are Edelbrock valve covers, air cleaner, and various other shiny go-fast products. A ¾ Voodoo cam along with a Mallory ignition system was thrown in the mix to up the ante. Hedman headers coupled with a Thrush exhaust system allow the ’66 to exhale as it’s piloted down the highway. Covering all grounds of driving is a transplanted Turbo 400 transmission bolted behind the 350.
When it came to the exterior of the truck, the Lindleys wanted to stay true to '66. Little things like eliminating the gate chains for a flipped handle, trim and badges were carried out, but in general the '66 is still a '66. The biggest job was shortening the longbed. Jody wanted the truck to maintain its original bed, so he diligently shortened the sheetmetal inside and outside the box.