The success of Randy and Brett Lewis’ 1969 C10 is the result of a lot of hard work and talent, combined with a lot of inspiration from various sources. When he was growing up, Randy’s inspiration was his uncle Ronnie, a lifelong hot rodder. A more recent inspiration, Randy says, is his neighborhood in Simi Valley, California, where all you have to do is drive around for a few minutes on any given weekend and you’ll see a dozen or more customs and classics. Probably the biggest inspiration was the decision between Randy and his young-adult son Brett to take on a father-and-son automotive project.

Randy has always liked the body style of late ’60s C10s, and started hunting for the right raw material. He found the run-down ’69 online, for $2,000. He and Brett went to pick it up, and the truck barely made the 10-mile drive to its new home. They had it stripped to the frame in one weekend.

As with practically any build, the first step for Randy and Brett was to improve the ride by replacing the tired old chassis components. Classic Performance Products was able to provide a lot of what the Lewises needed to upgrade the truck. The factory framerails were customized in the rear with a CPP C-notch kit. That, combined with CPP spindles, and 3-inch/5-inch-drop front and rear springs and shocks creates an improved ride for the C10, not to mention a great posture. The stock A-arms were kept and the rearend is the original 3.73:1 with Positraction. The disc brakes, also from CPP (including the master cylinder), measure 13 inches at the front wheels and 12 inches at the rear.

One of the best ways to accentuate a low stance is with some big wheels and low-profile tires. In this case, that was accomplished by loading the wheelwells with 20-inch Bonspeed Big Block rims wrapped in 275- and 255-series Toyo Proxes ST II sport truck rubber.

Randy said that when he saw the 350 Chevy engine floating in the C10 engine compartment, it just looked small. He wanted big, as in a big-block. The Chevy 454 crate motor that replaced the 350 was built at Hawaii Racing in Simi Valley. It’s naturally aspirated by a Holley four-barrel carb bolted onto a polished Edelbrock Performer RPM with a chrome aftermarket air cleaner to dress things up. Outgoing gasses run through Doug’s headers on their way to a pair of MagnaFlow mufflers. Champion Transmissions in Thousand Oaks built the 700-R4 automatic overdrive to back up the big-block and help make all that power streetable.

How many of you have already started writing an email accusing us of not knowing a ’69 from a ’67? Randy and Brett know the difference and decided to replace the front end of this ’69 with the front clip from a ’67, which they prefer. The Bow Tie badge in the center of the grille remains, but other emblems have been removed. They also prefer Fleetsides, and replaced the original Stepside with new bed panels. The tailgate handle has been shaved.

There are a few other styling improvements, including shaved driprails, shaved side markers, a filled cowl, one-piece windows (courtesy of Above All Glass in Thousand Oaks, California), and a smoothed front bumper from Brothers Truck Parts. The firewall, kick panels, and bedrails were also replaced or repaired. The expert metalwork was done by George Castillas. The bed floor was replaced by Randy, using curly maple from Bed Wood and Parts.

When choosing the paint color that would determine the personality of the truck, Randy started thinking about red. After visiting a few shows to confirm his decision, he changed his mind in favor of something a little less flashy—a color that would reflect his own personality better. The final choice was a silver/beige based on an ’07 Cadillac Escalade color, Quiksilver. The body prep and painting was done at Dan Gogh Master Refinishing in Chatsworth, California. Randy now says the paint is one of his favorite parts of the project.

The interior was no place for shortcuts, so Randy and Brett delivered the truck to Mike Ambrose Custom Interiors for the full treatment. Like the paint color, the plans for the interior changed as the project progressed. The original concept called for tan to contrast the red paint. Instead, dark red leather was stitched to upholster the ’69 Chevy bucket seats. The door panel inserts, dash top, and steering wheel wrap were covered with the same material, and the rest of the cab was finished in light gray carpeting or silver paint.

A dash insert from Classic Industries was added to the dash, and the ididit shifter column was topped with an aftermarket steering wheel discovered at a swap meet. The pedals are from Lokar Performance Products. Audio Concepts installed the in-dash stereo from Custom Autosound. The Classic Auto Air A/C system provides fresh air. Tom Hartz wired the C10 using a harness from EZ Wiring.

When these photos were taken near the Lewises’ home in Simi Valley, Brett arranged it so that Randy didn’t know about it. His plan was to surprise his dad with the news later on as a way of showing his appreciation for the chance to work on this project together. Obviously, that appreciation goes both ways; Randy told us that working together was the best part of the whole experience and the thing that motivated him to build the truck. After three-and-a-half years you’d think that Randy would be ready to put down the wrenches for a while. Instead, he’s looking forward to the next father-and-son project, maybe a 1967 Dodge Charger.