We first introduced you to J.B.'s (John Barkley, CCT's associate publisher) '74 Chevy C10 when McGaughy's Suspension Parts installed its awesome 4-inch front/6-inch rear drop kit (Sept. '05). By adding a set of 15x10-inch-rear and 15x8-inch-front orange Stockton Wheels Steelies, McGaughy's transformed a Texas ranch truck into a street-performance pickup. Well, that's not entirely correct. The Chevy corners and rides with the best of 'em, but there's still a fair amount missing in the looks and engine-performance departments. Hoping to be put out of its misery, a tired Stovebolt Six hides beneath the bonnet. Leaking equal measures of wind and water, the weather-strip is as hard as a piece of peanut brittle, but about as appealing to the eyes as liver and onions are to most folks' taste buds. The interior still appears to be at home on the range, as opposed to the cockpit of a street truck.
Since our first story about the Chevy, much progress has been made. CCT's AP ousted the straight-six and replaced it with a small-block Chevy V-8, complete with Hooker Headers and backed by a TCI Automotive 700-R4 trans. J.B. claims the 355ci (.030-inch over) makes a stout 440 horses. At the conclusion of this very tech story, he proved it by laying rubber and producing billowing white smoke-ahh, the smell of shredded radials-there's nothing quite like it.
Before the Chevy Stepside gets its new interior, John decided to install QuietRide Solutions AcoustiShield insulation product. As we had just one day reserved at the Primedia Tech Center to perform the installation, we had to work fast and smart. Did we achieve our goal? Learn for yourself.