Mo’ Truck, Mo’ Problems
It’s not often you see a 1971 Chevy C10 Fleetside longbed, but it just so happens Morris “Mo” Campbell has a full-built custom that he likes to call “Longbox.” Mo’s passion for custom trucks and hot-rods goes back as long as he can remember, back when he’d help his dad and uncle work on cars, build model cars, and play with hot wheels in the dirt as a youngin’.
After joining the Army Special Forces, Mo began building his skills using the Army Automotive Skill Center. His friends and family told him not to waste his time and money on a longbed truck, but that was exactly what Mo wanted to do. Learning from past builds, he knew the 1969 C10 he already owned was too rusty to build. The ’71 longbed he and his friends found was in such nice shape that it changed Mo’s thoughts on the whole build.
Lovin’ the Longbed
American Restomod’s style was chosen for the build. Beginning with the factory frame, they added Slam Specialties SS7 airbags on all four corners with e-Level management. Completing the rolling chassis is a set of 20×10 and 20×12 Savini 5042 with Michelin Sport Pilot 285/35 front and 345/30 rear. A set of Wilwood brakes on all four corners were used to stop Longbox in its tracks.
For the exterior, Mo kept it clean and simple with subtle touches as the truck was in such solid shape to begin with.
A Chevy 350 V-8 was the motor of choice. Extra goodies to make it perform better include an Edelbrock Performer RPM Dual Quad Air Gap intake manifold, a Fi-Tech 2×4 625 HP Dual Quad Fuel Injection system supply fuel for the motor, and Hedman headers with 2.5-inch exhaust let the motor breathe.
For the exterior, Mo kept it clean and simple with subtle touches as the truck was in such solid shape to begin with. Replacing the chrome front bumper and grille with black inserts helped add some needed contrast and, in the bed, he added a motorized bike lift for his Suzuki Hyabusa 1300. They smoothed out the lines and painted Longbox PPG Custom Blue.
The interior was kept simple. The TMI split bench seat was covered in black leather, the dash was color matched with the truck, and Dakota Digital gauges and Vintage Air round out the creature comforts. Sound consists of a Pioneer head unit to control the Memphis Audio sound system. Various LED lights throughout the entire truck inside and out help keep the party going into the night.
Morris would like to thank his family, Randal (Doug) El he, American RestoMods, and everyone who helped along the way.
Morris “Mo” Campbell
- 1971 Chevy C10 Fleetside Longbed
- Marietta, GA
- Chevy 350 V-8
- Edelbrock Performer RPM Dual Quad Air Gap intake manifold
- A Fi-Tech 2×4 625 HP Dual Quad fuel injection system
- Hedman Headers with 2.5-inch stainless exhaust
- Factory modified frame
- Slam Specialties SS7 bags on all four corners
- Accuair E-Level air management
- Wilwood brakes on all four corners
- 20×0 and 20×12 Savini 5042 with Michelin Sport Pilot 285/35 front and 345/30 rear
- Chrome front bumper and grille with black inserts
- Motorized bike lift for matching Suzuki Hyabusa 1300 in the bed
- Painted PPG Custom Blue
- TMI split bench seat was covered in black leather
- Dash was color matched with the truck
- Dakota Digital gauges
- Vintage Air
- Pioneer headunit
- Memphis Audio sound system
- LED lights throughout the entire truck inside and out