It Wasn’t Easy or Breezy, But It Is Beautiful
From what we hear, the younger generations just aren’t all that interested in owning cars or trucks anymore, preferring instead to bum a ride from their parents, take public transit or even use an app to magically conjure a ride to the nearest gastro pub, or whatever the hell they’re calling restaurants these days. Ugh.
Luckily for the custom truck community, though, there are still plenty of youngins out there who have a lot of love for anything on wheels! Let’s take Rob Keller, for instance.
“Seeing a truck like Rob’s get built by a young and talented team of fabricators is both refreshing and inspiring, and certainly gives us a kick in the pants to get back to work in the garage! We’re not sure what Rob will build next, but we do know one thing for certain: Our future is in good hands!.”
Rob is in his early 20s and rocks this ’64 Chevy C10, which is much more detailed than it may appear at first glance. The truck was built with the help of a few close friends, who also happen to be in the early stages of their life cycles. A bunch of kids, whipper-snappers, you get the idea. Yes, this is what jealousy looks like when squeezed through a keyboard. Now, get off my lawn!
AF Speed Shop built up the custom CAD-designed and TIG-welded chassis and suspension, which was swapped out by Rad Fab to replace the 50-plus-year-old originals. Obviously the truck rides on air, and uses AccuAir’s E-Level Management paired with their latest ENDO CV, which consists of air tanks with internal compressors and valves. The setup is beautifully displayed behind the tailgate, just underneath the raised bed floor. Custom crafted transmission tunnel, bead-rolled accented floor, wheel tubs and a tubbed/shaved firewall also contribute to the truck’s ability to lay flat on the ground. Rob tells us that the C10 is actually set up to lay out on 26-inch wheels and tires!
If you were at SEMA in 2017, you may remember this truck as the one in the Avery Dennison booth that was rewrapped every single day to show off the company’s vinyl wrap materials. And while this technology is certainly impressive, Rob felt that the truck was finally ready for some paint! He called upon IKandy Paintworks to work its magic on the truck, spraying a near-factory GM Fawn Beige over and in the truck. The roof, bumper, grille and 22-inch Detroit Steel smoothie wheels all received some utilitarian, yet classy, ivory painted contrast to really set off the old school flavor that this C10 exudes.
The engine of choice is a tried and true 5.3L Chevy backed by a manual transmission, and sports custom AF Speed Shop headers, which lead to a custom 3-inch Rad Fab exhaust setup that exits right through the bed floor! Keeping things even more interesting under the hood is a custom air intake over the LS3 intake made by RadFab, as well as vintage-style Chevrolet script valve covers.
Carrying on the vintage theme inside, Rob entrusted Elevated Designs to revamp the interior of his C10 without going too wild. We’d say they did an outstanding job of maintaining a clean, stock look, while throwing in a couple of ’60s-era custom touches, such as the white edging around the carpet, and modern conveniences like the Dakota Digital RTX gauge set and Retro Sound stereo.
When we caught up with Rob at SEMA 2018, the truck had just been finished, and we were lucky enough to sneak it away as soon as it was over to get some shots before it headed back home to Arizona.
Seeing a truck like Rob’s get built by a young and talented team of fabricators is both refreshing and inspiring, and certainly gives us a kick in the pants to get back to work in the garage! We’re not sure what Rob will build next, but we do know one thing for certain: Our future is in good hands!
Cave Creek, AZ
1964 Chevy C10
ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
- 2007 GM 5.3L Vortec engine
- LS3 intake manifold
- Custom air intake by Hubcaps Hot Rod & Custom
- Rad Fab coil pack relocation brackets
- Custom headers by AF Speed Shop
- Rad Fab custom exhaust
- 2007 GM NV4500 manual transmission
- Custom two-piece driveshaft
- Trussed axle housing
- Dutchman 30-spline custom axles
- Eaton Posi-Trac limited slip differential
CHASSIS & SUSPENSION
- Work performed by Rad Fab
- Complete custom chassis by AF Speed Shop
- 4-link rear suspension with airbags
- Custom fabricated control arms with airbags
- AccuAir E-Level + ENDO CVT air management system
- Custom fuel tank by AF Speed Shop
- Relocated brake master cylinder
WHEELS & TIRES
- 22-inch Detroit Steel Wheels Smoothies
- 265/30R22 Toyo Proxes T1R tires
BODY & PAINT
- Work performed by IKandy Paintworks and Rad Fab
- LMC bumpers
- Restored original grille
- Custom rear wheel tubs
- Trimmed fenders
- Custom shaved firewall
- Raised bed floor with custom wood floor
- Custom tank/hardline display behind tailgate
- Chevy Fawn Beige and Ivory White two-tone paint
INTERIOR & STEREO
- Work performed by Elevated Designs and Rad Fab
- Original bench seat covered with Fawn and Mocha hound’s-tooth material
- Custom carpet
- Dakota Digital RTX gauges
- ’63 Deluxe factory steering wheel
- Dynamat and Lizard Skin sound deadening material
- Retro Sound stereo
- Kicker Audio 10-inch subwoofer in custom box
- Kicker Audio separates in custom enclosures and kick panels
- Kicker Audio 1,200-watt amplifier