Eric Gilmore was about to turn 16 and, like most guys approaching that milestone, was thinking about something cool to drive. Proving that hot rodding is hereditary—or at least contagious—Eric wasn't looking for anything new or compact and economical, he was looking for "something loud and old."
Eric and Steve (his dad, remember?) were standing on the sidewalk at a small town car show when this '64 C10, "fresh from the farm," as Eric says, parked right in front of them. The driver stuck a for-sale sign on the dash and wasn't halfway out of the truck before Steve was inquiring about it. They drove it home the next day.
After Eric got his driver's license, he and his dad got busy rebuilding the '64. In order to drop the truck closer to the ground, the stock chassis was modified with rear 4-inch lowering springs and 2½-inch drop spindles from McGaughys Suspension Products. The factory four-link and Panhard bar locate the original 4.10-geared 10-bolt rear. The drum brakes were kept in back, and the front brakes were replaced with 12-inch discs, with a Wilwood master cylinder providing pressure to all corners. The whole thing rolls on 20x10 and 18x8 five-spokes from Coys Wheels. The flat black finish complements the satin black paint on the body. The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 tires are 285/40R20s in the rear with 265/35R18s in front.
The stock '64 sheetmetal was kept stock, along with the bed wood. Don & Wayne's Garage in Marion took care of all the exterior metalwork, and the exterior color was changed from timeworn orange to fresh black. The semigloss finish it was accomplished with a combination of PPG Hot Rod Black with satin clear. The traditional-style pinstriping at the back of the cab was added by Darin Allen of Killer Designs in Flatwoods, Kentucky. As with Bret's '66, the headlights, taillights, and mirrors are reproduction pieces supplied by LMC Truck.
It's all business under the hood, where Eric and Steve planted a '72 400 small-block. Eric got a lesson in taking apart and rebuilding an engine when Steve decided to add a pair of World Products aluminum cylinder heads with Comp Cam valvetrain components plus a Lunati Voodoo cam. The air cleaner, carb, and intake manifold are from Edelbrock. Exhaust is carried through Hooker headers, with a pair of Flowmaster Super 44 mufflers to add the right hot rod note. Other engine components include an MSD box, Accel HEI Super Coil, and Powermaster alternator. A Turbo 400 backs up the engine, which makes 320 horsepower.
The overall theme of Eric's C10 is reflected in the preserved interior. The original instruments are supplemented by an Auto Meter tach on the stock steering column and a Summit Racing triple gauge kit (oil pressure, voltage, temperature) mounted below the dash. A 32-inch Lokar shifter handles gear selection in the TH400. A pair of black Fairlane floor mats provide some custom flavor, you could say. Steve Gilmore wired the truck using a Painless kit.
The collection of magnetic dash plaques from various Goodguys events on the dash of the '64 are testimony to the fact that Eric gets his C10 to shows as often as he can. He and his father Steve and his uncle Bret try to make it to the All American Nationals in Indy and the PPG Nationals in Columbus. Eric has also entered his truck at the Blue Suede Cruise in Norwalk, Ohio, and has taken it for a quarter-mile run down the dragstrip with a couple of his buddies. When he attended his high school senior prom not long ago, the truck served as a stylish ride for Eric and his date.
Now that both of these trucks are finished and getting shown and driven, the Gilmores have started turning wrenches on a couple of Camaro projects. Bret is busy with a '69, and Steve and Eric are redoing the '67 that was Steve's first car when he was approximately Eric's age. As we pointed out a few pages back, if it's a hot rod, the Gilmores are into it. We're glad that they applied their talent toward this pair of custom classic first-generation C10s, and that we get to feature them here.