Growing up with brothers can be good and bad. Older siblings might pick on the younger ones, but when push comes to shove, the older kids are always there to help out their younger brothers and sisters. The Reyna brothers, from Houston, have long been involved in the custom truck and car scene as a team.Daniel Reyna took inspiration from the scene around him and combined that with his artistic talents to begin designing and rendering builds. Throughout the past several years, the family has churned out a variety of top-notch trucks from late models to C-10s. Chris Reyna, Daniel’s younger brother, helped out on some of Daniel’s projects, and he decided that he wanted to start a build of his own.
The opportunity to begin his build came thanks to the government’s efforts to get old cars and trucks off the road. Chris’ future project truck had been turned in through the Cash for Clunkers program to the dealership where brother number three, Milo Reyna, worked. The brothers saved the C-10 from its future as a park bench with the goal of restoring it and outfitting it with all new custom parts. With fewer than four months to go before the SEMA Show, the bar was set high, and the brothers and their friends got to work. Daniel sketched the design, going for the low resto-mod look with an updated paint based on factory colors but a modern twist using products from BASF.
They started from the ground up, sandblasting the factory frame and welding up excess holes. Out back,a Michigan Metal works 4-link with Watt’s link was used over a 7-inch narrowed Chevrolet 10-bolt rearend outfitted with Moser axles and Wilwood disc brakes. For the front setup, a Porter built Drop member found its way in between the rails. The Drop member allows the frame to lay flat, narrows the track width for better turning, corrects steering geometry and also upgrades to rack-and-pinion steering. Michigan Metal works control arms were used with CPP drop spindles, brakes and master cylinder. Capping off the running gear is a set of custom-designed 22x 8.5 and 24×12-inch Raceline RBD billet wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes STII 265/35 and 305/35 tires.
Rather than liquid glass, the motor underwent machining and a rebuild, thanks to Gilbert Blair at New Image Wheels. A Comp Cams camshaft and modern Vortec cylinder heads outfitted with Comp Cams parts added some horsepower, along with an Edel brock intake manifold, Holley 650 carb and Vintage Parts air cleaner. A front accessory drive from March Performance, Zirgo cooling fan and ceramic-coated BBK mid-length headers flowing out to a Dynamax exhaust finished things off. The Turbo 350 transmission was beefed up and an aluminum drive shaft that was extended 2 inches completed the drive train.
The theme of the truck is pure resto-mod, so very little body mods were done other than rust repair and replacement parts. The few custom touches include a shaved firewall, inner fender wells, shaved drip rails and a custom sheet metal bed floor. Dave Flint of Pristine Custom Paint and Body handled the bodywork and paint. The concept was to mimic the factory okra and white paint scheme but with updated hues. Dave mixed some BASF Glasurit Papaya Orange and White to lay out the tri-tone scheme, then he moved to the inside, covering the interior in flat Desert Brown from BASF Glasurit to match the interior. Once the paint was finished, the guys opened up a catalog from Brothers Truck Parts in search of trim and accessory parts. The handles, weather stripping, bumpers, lights, side trim and windows from Brothers replaced the old, worn and pitted parts. Finally, friend Jesse installed all new clear glass to finish things off.
On the inside of the cab, the resto-mod theme was continued using new handles, switches, carpet and belts from Brothers, while the bench seat was reshaped and stitched in brown leather by Julio Tornero at Interiors by Design for a more hot rod look. The entire cab was insulated with Quiet Ride in preparation for the custom stereo that was soon to come. Brent Davidson of Sculpt Garage was given the tough task of fitting a full audio system into a regular cab truck. Starting with an Alpine head unit, Brent fabricated a box behind the seat that would house the Polk Audio MM 1240 sub woofers, a pair of MM6501 components and the Polk Audio PA D1000.1 and D400.4 amplifiers, and then it was all wrapped in leather.
Keeping the resto-mod tradition alive, the Reyna brothers would like to thank everyone who made the “less than four-month build” possible, including Gilbert Blair, Matt Watson, Shawn Holland, Brent Davidson, Jesse, Taylor Jardas, Nate Porter, Brian Fox of BASF and Dean Alexander of Polk Audio.
Text by Jason Mulligan
Photos by John Jackson
1979 Chevrolet C-10