The beginning of September brings Labor Day and our pick for the August 2015 Ride Of the Month. This time, we “picked” a pickup submitted by our customer, Denner Astyk. Welcome to the ROTM club, Denner!
Check out his submission below - a daily driver and Hot Rod Power Tour classic - a 1962 C10! Denner told us that among other upgrades, his C-10 has a 327, a Muncie 4 speed, an MP Brakes power front disk conversion, and a Hays clutch. Denner describes this Chevy classic as a daily driver and hauler. Oh, the paint job? It is custom painted by 2 generations of farm kids, complete with spray can runs and paint brush marks, and includes multiple shades of green and rust - and Denner wouldn’t want it any other way!
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We wanted to get more back-story on this truck. So we asked!
Here is what Denner told us:
"The truck was originally a farm truck near Albemarle, NC. This truck is the base model with no options - not even the passenger side sun visor. It was originally powered by a 235 6 cyl and 3 speed column shift.
I drove it with the 6 until I built the present engine, a 327 +.030 with forged flat top pistons, a steel crank and Eagle rods and it was balanced. The cylinder heads are early 70s Chevrolet over the counter angle plug heads aka “turbo” heads that have been ported and ccd for 10 to 1 compression. The camshaft is a 260 Comp Cams with custom pushrods, roller rockers, big block springs and 2.02 intake, 1.60 exhaust stainless steel valves.
The intake is a new Edelbrock C357B that was port matched to the head. The carburetors are EBay cores that I rebuilt and modified to work in the 3 carb system by blocking the vacuum passages and removing the power valve and idle circuits on the end carbs along with installing longer throttle shafts and thicker throttle plates to seal the bores so it will idle on the center carb only, and installing progressive linkage. Ignition is handled by a stock distributor with a pertronics conversion. It is backed by a 30 lb steel flywheel, a Hays clutch and a Muncie M20 transmission with Hurst shifter and 3:90 gears. It also has your power disk conversion.
We took the C 10 out on the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour and had a blast, I was sorry that we could not do the entire tour due to prior commitments, but we may do it again. It averaged 18.5 MPG on the tour and had no problems. It has been around Charlotte motor speedway , allegedly at 55 mph, during Goodguys car show.
We are planning to take it Watkins Glen next March for opening day and blasting it around the road course."
Thanks for sharing your truck and story with Master Power Brakes, Denner! This is what we love about our customers and their rides. There is a passion and a story behind every one of them.