We've all gotten the bug to take a build in a certain direction for any number of reasons. Maybe it was because we used to own a truck like the one we have now, saw one in a movie we were interested in duplicating, or just wanted to have something completely different than what we've seen at auto shows. For John Burch, the idea behind picking up this 1981 C10 began as a simple Pro Street-looking project he could enjoy with his grandson Keeyluhn. Unfortunately, a few months into the build, Keeyluhn passed away. Rather than halt construction, or abandon it entirely and put a for-sale sign in the window, John decided to go all out and have the truck become a rolling memorial to his grandson. And as you can see by this flame-clad Chevy, there's nothing about it that's half baked.
To get the low, mean posture he was after, John turned to Porterbuilt for their dropped crossmember, four-link suspension, Panhard bar, and control arms. As you can see by the hump in the bed, the framerails were C-notched so the truck could sit lower over its narrowed Ford 9-inch with 3.70 gears. Status Custom Shop in Rockwall, Texas, handled the chassis work with the addition of McGaughys 2½-inch drop spindles and custom inner front fenders. Firestone airbags controlled by VIAIR pumps sit in each corner. Combined with the 18x8 front and 20x14 rear Bad Billet wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber, we're sure this Bow Tie grips the road like it's on rails.
John also called up LMC Truck for new doors and tailgate to replace the thrashed originals, along with new glass and aftermarket lights from a 1989 version. Under the Jegs cowl-induction hood, this truck still sports the 1986 350 powerplant it came with. With Vortex heads, a Comp cam, and double-roller timing chain, it's all backed by a 350 automatic transmission. The truck was covered with House of Kolor Blue and Diamond Pearl. Bodywork on the C10 took almost a year to get all the dings taken care of, decide on a color, and get the paint looking right.
Bills Trim in Arlington, Texas, recovered the seat in leather with ostrich inserts as well as the flamed headliner and door panels. The dashboard was custom painted with the truck's name "Too Fat" to match the exterior paint. With a thumpin' Alpine head unit, JL Audio amps, JL 10-inch subwoofers, and 6-inch alpine door speakers, we're sure the inside sounds as good as the truck sounds when it's running. The custom gas pedal and crank handles were sourced from Harry's Hot Rod in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Bad Billet wheel on the stock column with new LMC Truck gauges keep John at the helm when he's earning trophies in his truck at local events like Heatwave.
Now John has a new grandson he gets the share the experience with who loves to help him keep the truck clean and lay it out flat on the ground. Kind of makes you wonder if John's grandson may pass the trucking bug on to his grandson one day. That's how it starts. Happy motoring. We know Keeyluhn is there in spirit with you at every mile.