This First Responder put the Heartbeat back into his 1974 Chevrolet C10.
I’ve had the truck since high school and one day I looked at it and thought, “I’ve always wanted a pro-street so why not, no sense in it just sitting there”. It used to be 4WD back in the day and now it has a Ride Tech air ride system that hugs it to the ground. The engine is a 454 BB with Fi-Tech fuel injection and a mild Comp Cam. The battery was moved from under the hood to give it a cleaner look. It has a Porter-built Fabrication drop member. Jerry Taliaferro, owner of Jerry Taliaferro Race Cars, completed a lot of the metal work, rear end build, custom fuel tank and the truck is in line to have some custom built inner fenders made by Jerry as well. Vintage Air was the choice for keeping this ride cool in the summer time, although it is fun to drive with the windows down. The dash has a custom built frame for the Auto Meter gauges, while keeping the original instrument panel. Most of the interior is TMi, which of course was bought from LMC Truck with a “truck” full of others parts to get this beast rolling down the road. Speaking of rolling, the truck has a beefy set of 18 ” wide Mickey Thompsons on the rear under the custom built wheel tubs of this short bed pickup. The fuel tank is accessed in the bed of the truck which gives the body lines a smooth look when you take a peek down the side.
Without the help of my soon to be bride, Melodie Malone, her dad and many friends over the years, it wouldn’t have been possible (at least not yet) to drive the truck around town on car show cruise nights. Thank you to all that helped with a special shout out to Jerry Rissen who did the photo shoot. I would also like to thank LMC Trucks for all of the parts that they keep available for projects like this. There are lots of parts, big and small that I was able to get from them that helped get this truck to that point that I could finally enjoy it on the road.
I plan to keep the heartbeat going as long as I possibly can, so keep those parts coming LMC! This first responder thanks you for your support.