It’s Sliced and Diced into a Full One-Off Custom C10
For anyone who is not familiar with the chaos that comes with building a car for SEMA, to make a long story short, it consumes you. Day and night, weekdays and weekends, the process and task of building a SEMA car in often under a year really takes over your life from beginning to end. For Henry Fisher, his build for SEMA was named “Chop Suey” because of all the chopping, customizing, fabrication, shaving, stretching and fitting they had planned for his SEMA debut.
Once Henry saw his ’68 C10 out of the shop, he felt he had achieved what he set out to accomplish and build a truly one-off custom truck that will stand out in any crowd.
With Henry being the guy that he is, he needed something he could skate down the road with wife Patsy in the cab … breaking necks along the way. For that, a custom suspension setup was installed on this truck by Phat Phabz in Choctaw, Oklahoma. Using a set of custom A-arms as well as a one-off cross member, Phat Phabz shop made sure this C10 would lay out hard on the frame with its air setup and multi-link suspension out back. The combination of the newly placed body mounts with the Airlift bags run on four corners and a set of Viair compressors made sure this truck was road ready for the long hauls, not only to go on and off trailers and shows.
The stock motor was not going to make do with such a customized truck, so Henry chose a 2017 GM 6.2L LT-1 out of a 2017 Camaro ZL1. This combination made sure the pickup had plenty of power straight from GM and Henry had no urge to change the motor by modding it. An extra boost of power via the factory supercharger, provided all the horsepower he could ever need. To handle all this new horsepower, a set of bronze powdercoated 24-inch Intro Twisted Vista II wrapped in Pirelli P-zero rubber were picked out. To help stop the truck, a custom colored Wilwood 16-inch rotors with 6 piston calipers for all four corners of the truck were installed to complete out the package.
With the frame and powerplant completed it was time to hand over the body of this ’68 C10 to the metal fab master Justin Arnold at Air Art/Custom in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma. In Justin’s shop, he began the tedious process of turning a plane C10 into a creation that no one has done before. Justin fabricated a one-piece front clip that housed a set of 2017 Camaro headlights. The body mods turned into a long list of cutting and fabricating all out of metal, so each body part was tailored to give the look of a unique and artistic flow. The bed floor was hand metal formed with stainless steel accents then powdercoated bronze. To complete the look in the bed, Justin brought out his airbrush to give a natural wood plank look.
With a truck that had such an extensive exterior makeover, a stock-looking interior was not going to work here. Justin modified a ’68 Impala dash to fit inside the cab. Then he built a custom waterfall-style console that stretched from the custom dash to the back of the bucket seats.
After Justin had completed all the body modifications, it was time to get the truck was ready for paint. Henry chose to have his truck painted in a Burch White color with a touch of bronze accent colors that reminded him of a vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle. Justin went to work with all the sanding and prep work that goes into a custom paint job.
Once Henry saw his ’68 C10 out of the shop, he felt he had achieved what he set out to accomplish and build a truly one-off custom truck that will stand out in any crowd. Henry would like to thank his lovely wife Patsy for her support along the way. Plus, Justin Arnold, Ronnie Sexton and Jorge Alvarado with helping him on the build and making his dreams come true.
- Newcastle, OK
- 1968 Chevrolet C/10
- Truck Name: Chop Suey
Justin Arnold (Air Art/Custom Justin) Bridge Creek, OK.
- Custom built boxed frame by Phat Phabz in Choctaw, OK
- Custom bent stainless brake lines
- Flaming River rack-and-pinon steering w/ IDIDIT steering column
- Powdercoated full chassis
- Stainless steel 15-gal fuel tank
- By Phat Phabz in Choctaw, OK
- Airlift Performance air bags (F/R)
- Custom built drop spindles
- Wilwood kit w/ (F/R) drilled and slotted disc brakes and stainless brake lines
- Master cylinder: CPI Chrome unit
- Gabriel’s shocks
- Viair compressors
- Airlift Performance 3H controller
- By Phat Phabz in Choctaw, OK
- Narrowed GM rear end with Moser axles
- 2017 Camaro SS 6.2L LT1
- BE COOL twin cooling fans
- BE COOL aluminum radiator
- 8L90-E 8-speed transmission
- Custom driveshaft
- Custom headers, crossover pipe and exhaust
Wheels & Tires
- Front: Intro Twisted Vista II 24×10
- Rear: Intro Twisted Vista II 24×15
- Tires: Pirelli P-zero 245/30/24(f) / 405/25/24(r)
- Wheel finish: Bronze powder coated to match the interior
- 1968 Chevrolet shortbed fleet side
- Top chopped 3 1/2 inches
- One-off custom hood, grille shell, one-piece custom grille insert
- Custom steel front and rear bumpers
- Late model Mazda handles
- 2017 Chevy Camaro headlights
- 2011 Chevy Colorado taillights
- One-piece custom electric back glass
- Color: Burch White
- Brand of paint: Axalta
- Custom 1968 Impala dash
- Custom built seats and door panels
- Upholstery material: Leather
- Carpet material: Tweed
- Gauges: Dakota Digital
- Steering wheel: Billet Specialties bronze powder coated
- Power features: Flaming River kit, back cab window and side windows all electric
- Air conditioning: Vintage Air
- Pedals: Billet Specialties assembly
- Upholstery by Easy Trim (Eli) Oklahoma City, OK
- Pioneer Head unit
- Pioneer 2-way speakers