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[Video] Custom 1964 Chevy C10 Built for Driving

Take a look at this gorgeous 1964 Chevrolet C10 truck owner Terry Clark builds with the help of Josh Wells of WickedKolor in Indianapolis, Indiana. One of Classic Auto’s Project C10 experts, Rick Drewry, talks with Terry about his passion for building trucks. Sometimes the reasoning behind taking on a big build project is simply having a deep love of the vehicle, and that’s definitely the case for Terry. “I like trucks,” he says. “I like the body style of this thing. I wanted it more for just buzzing around and driving.” Sleek and shiny black, it has the retro look of a 60’s C10 and the gleam of a fresh modern beauty - not to mention the smooth drivability that comes from an expert build.

Down to the Details

Under the hood, there’s an SBC 350 V8 motor and TH350 auto transmission, with Edelbrock Pro Flo XT fuel injection. It is important to Terry for the vehicle to be a good ride and completely dependable, because this isn’t a truck that just sits in a garage. He drives it frequently and loves every minute of the experience. Terry adds details to the interior for pure enjoyment. For example, Terry intentionally installs a tall, cartoon-style shifter that reminds him of riding around in old trucks as a kid. All of the interior hardware is custom cut in matte pewter, rather than chrome, for a cohesive, personalized look throughout the truck. The result is a silver and black futuristic-meets-retro cab that almost feels like the helm of a very rugged spaceship, roaring across the galaxy with powerful C10 truck magic.

Every Day is Like Christmas

When asked what the toughest part of the build is, Terry takes a moment to remember the long process involved with crafting his truck. “Just the time it takes,” he says. Building a custom truck involves finding a huge number of parts, doing detailed planning and custom designing parts when necessary. It’s a labor of love with a huge time investment. But the rewards come constantly. “Every day is like Christmas when you’re doing this stuff,” he explains. “When you get the frame done, that’s something new. You put the body on there, then you start putting the fenders on … Every day is something new.”

Chevy C10 Spirit

Terry has never shown a vehicle before and says his “Project C10” isn’t about taking it to events or showing it off. He truly does it for the love of driving and is just happy that other people are so interested in his truck. For Terry, sharing this beautiful C10 with you is a three-way celebration – one, that his project is done; two, that this amazing truck exists and three, that the C10 spirit is still alive in America. What’s more, Terry’s wife is very happy with Terry’s C10, too, which is always important. After so much money, patience and time goes into the project like this, she is glad to see such a wonderful result. See more pictures and learn more about this 1964 Chevy C10 truck build here.

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Classic Auto Insurance is celebrating 25 years with our very own truck restoration. Project C10, powered by American Modern is an original video series from Classic Auto that chronicles the restoration of a 1965 Chevy C-10 truck to a beautiful restomod worthy of car show display. Stay up-to-date with Project C10 by subscribing to Classic Auto’s YouTube Channel, following us on Instagram and visiting our C10 Restoration page on, where you’ll enjoy step-by-step episodes, project-specific Tech Tips and behind-the-scenes articles that give you an inside look into what it takes to restore a classic collectible like a Chevy C10 truck.

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Posted: 12/13/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

[Video] Owner Restores Luxury to 1963 Buick Riviera All on His Own

Brian, the owner of this now stunning 1963 Buick Riviera, buys the car right after World of Wheels 2015 when it is in rougher shape. Brian is able to drive it home, knowing full well it needs some major TLC. After 50+ years of life, his Riviera – the name is supposed to evoke the affluent allure of the French Riviera- is looking worn out. Brian’s mechanic can’t believe the transmission is still running. The restoration starts almost immediately. Two and a half years later, the incredible result is a gorgeous glossy Candy Ruby Red body with the leather and ostrich skin interior restored down to the finest detail. That’s not all - the 401 Nailhead engine hums like it’s 1963 once more.

Restoring a Classic Riviera

It helps when the restoration starts with a pretty solid vehicle. Although the floor is flimsy and rust damages the back windows and trunk, overall the Riviera has survived decades of wear fairly well. The frame is intact and the engine is indeed running. That’s always a great start (pun intended). Brian begins a build project to carefully preserve and restore the Riviera to bring it back to luxury status, including most of the details it is born with, and then adds a few subtle modifications. For example, the door handles, trunk hardware and taillights are updated. “The front grill is where the headlights were originally mounted,” Brian tells us, “and we put different lights back in behind the grill, moving the battery to the trunk.”

“I Built This”

There are two kinds of classic car restorers: Those who hire someone to do it and those who do it themselves. Brian owns another car in the past that is restored by someone else and doesn’t do any of the work himself. He says people would always ask if he built it, and he’d have to say, “No, but I can.” With the Riviera, he is determined to put the hours in and accomplish the restoration himself, whatever it takes. Now, he can proudly say that this is his own work. He clearly loves this car, and it is great for him to see it gleaming on the floor at World of Wheels 2018 Indianapolis.

Sometimes It’s a Struggle

Every restoration brings its own set of unique challenges. Brian is able to overcome them all, but it isn’t always easy. “Of all the things you run into, time and money are the biggest struggles,” Brian says. “There’s never enough time and never enough money, you know, but it’s just a labor of love.” Seeing the Riviera come back to life in all its luxurious glory is an energizing experience for Brian. Standing in the showroom of an iconic car event, Brian and his Riviera completely hold their own against other cars from shops. It’s good to see an owner-restored vehicle look as amazing as this one does, from bumper to shining bumper.

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Posted: 12/11/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

The Mock-Up Method for Aligning Engine Pulleys

While working on or restoring your truck’s engine, it can be difficult to align the pulleys precisely. Pulley misalignment is easier to notice when the engine is running, because you’ll hear squealing or chirping sounds and feel vibration. During the engine work itself, it’s trickier to determine whether you have the pulleys in alignment. Project C10’s Rick Drewry explains an efficient way to ensure a perfect alignment every time: the mock-up method, where a rope takes the place of the belt and shows whether you need to make an adjustment in alignment before proceeding with your engine work.

Project C10 Tech Tip – Aligning Engine Pulleys

Rather than using the belt itself, start by finding a clean piece of rope that isn’t too thick or thin for the V-groove. The belt is usually too tight, plus it’s the same color as the groove, so it’s harder to see what’s going on. Continue with the mock-up method of pulley alignment by running the rope around the V-groove and through the components. Observe from several angles to see if everything is lining up perfectly. Adjust as needed, then re-run the rope through the groove as many times as necessary until you have a totally smooth run.

Why Use Mock-ups?

Mock-ups, like the engine pulley alignment tip described here, are extremely helpful when checking engine work. They prevent the worst case scenario - re-assembling the engine, starting the truck and causing catastrophic engine damage due to an error in assembly. Even a slightly misaligned belt can impede the proper functioning of your engine and reduce belt life by up to 75%. A mock-up allows a preview of your work, so you can see how much progress has been made and whether you need to make fine-tune adjustments.

Ask a Classic Truck Restoration Mentor

The experts at Project C10 welcome questions about engine work from classic truck restorers. Because engine work is tricky, it helps to have advice from experienced vehicle experts. Before starting engine work on your next truck or other vehicle, feel free to reach out to the mentors in the Project C10 community to ensure you’re always headed in the right direction.

Join the Project C10 Truck Community

Project C10, powered by American Modern, an original video series from Classic Auto Insurance that chronicles the restoration of a 1965 Chevy C10 truck to a beautiful restomod worthy of car show display. Stay up-to-date with Project C10 by subscribing to Classic Auto’s YouTube Channel, following us on Instagram and visiting our C10 Restoration page on, where you’ll enjoy step-by-step episodes, project-specific Tech Tips and behind-the-scenes articles that give you an inside look into what it takes to restore a classic collectible like a Chevy C10 truck.
Posted: 12/6/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Episode 12 – Painting, Installing, Upholstering

Here's What's Next on Project C10

Episode 12 – The Project C10 crew makes progress painting the exterior and interior of the cab, while others are reinstalling all of the accessory drive system parts. The red bench seat not only gets new upholstery, new springs are installed – a cheap fix that more restorers should consider. It’ll make it feel brand new.

Episode 12 – Video Transcript

Drew Yagodnik: We made a lot of progress today, especially in the paint booth. You laid down the color that we're going to use in the interior of the door or some of the panels. You just got done clearing it. I know, we were talking, the cab is the huge component here for the rest of the install.
Rick Drewry: That's the tipping point. Once we get the cab done, the next step now that I just painted the interior the gray, the outside's done, so now I need to unmask it, probably let it sit over the weekend, but unmask it. Monday, wet sand and buff the back of the cab and then the firewall.
Derek: Today we are reinstalling all of the accessory drive system, which is comprised of a bunch of brackets that hold the alternator, the new air conditioning system, the power steering. Rick was able to paint it for us, so it got better of a color scheme going on in the motor. We just installed the water pump with the new stainless steel polished bolts. That's what we're working on today.
Rick: This seat is going to feel like a brand one with the new springs in on the sides. That's a cheap fix. It's something that more people should consider. I've seen so many bench seats that just almost collapsed here on the side, especially on the driver's side. Getting that fixed, sturdy-ing that up, brand new upholstery for it. Sometimes you don't get 100% of the wrinkles out, but over time, they go away. You just don't want major ones. If it's minor here and there just from where it's packed in the box-
Drew: Yeah, it's not that bad. Obviously, you have some dips here, but for the most part-
Rick: That's where it was folded up in the in the shipping box.
Drew: Yeah, for the most part, it's in great shape.

Rick: Here's where we are. We got a couple things to cross off. We're almost done recovering the seat. The column mounts, I did paint those, so that's done. I still got to do the wet sanding and buff, but probably by tomorrow, we could be able to knock off recovering the seat and have that ready. Then it goes towards final assembly and then just small amounts of paint.

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Posted: 12/4/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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