Beginning to End with This Soaring C10
The Raven” from Edgar Allan Poe was his most popular literary creation, although it did not bring him much financial success. Over the years, this poem has been reprinted, parodied and illustrated countless times, making it a cultural icon. Critical opinion has always been divided, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written. Reading a statement like that is motivating in ways most people can’t comprehend. But if you’re a truck guy like I am, I bet you can instantly relate.
Do we build these trucks to make big profits and retirement funds? Certainly not. But I bet you would get excited to build a truck that impacted an audience and was the topic of conversation throughout the entire industry. The pride you get from appreciation and admiration can easily outweigh the feeling of seeing big digits in your bank account, but we can’t lose money either, right? Sometimes, to the criticism of others, you sacrifice hidden details to save on labor costs, but when you have a budget in mind you stick to it. The option to revisit these details are always there when we’re ready.
This year’s C10 Builders Guide project is called “The Raven” as it’s now a daily-driven intimidation machine, capable of consistent use with enough peddle power to soar down the streets. A ’65 Chevrolet is not the most common year to restore and modify, but the style of the hood and those hips had us hooked. Along with the simplicity of the OEM suspension and drivetrain comes a long line of aftermarket parts from many of the incredible manufacturers that advertise with us. From pricey frame swaps to simple lowering kits, almost anything is available for these classic trucks. It’s no wonder that the C10 community is so strong and knowledgeable. The plan for this pickup is simple: a budget of $15,000 and using nothing but bolt-on, factory replacement parts that you can order and install yourself, if you have the time and tools, of course. I know this may be out of budget for some readers, but to build a truly reliable daily driven classic truck, there is a price to pay.
Check out our detailed breakdown of all the parts we have ready to go and follow up on this build in the pages of C10 Builders Guide. Additional in-depth articles will be online at www.streettrucksmag.com as well, so be sure to grab your device and enjoy!
Performance Online KIT Includes:
- 19-gallon aluminum fuel tank
- Mounting straps
- Fuel filler hose
- 30 OHM sending unit
- Stainless fuel cap
- Top fitting: quarter-inch pipe
- Pick-up (bottom) fitting: three-eighths pipe
Classic Performance Products
Full Pen Fabrication
Bedwood and Parts
Auto Metal Direct
Gen One Customs