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AUGUST 2019 THE SHOP 17 I f it's good enough for Chip Foose, it should be good enough for the rest of us. I am, of course, talking about Chevy's C10—the hot rod of today; the new Lil' Deuce Coupe. Like all trends, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when, how, why and where it kicked off, but certainly Holley Perfor- mance Products was quick to see the trend when it began the build of a 1967 small- window shop truck that debuted in 2010. According to Holley CEO Tom Tom- linson, the shop truck featured an LS3 engine and Holley's then-new HP self- learning EFI fuel injection. It was one of the first aftermarket injection systems for the new aluminum LS3 engine that had been introduced on the 2008 Corvette—which was, at the time, the most powerful base Corvette engine in history. The engine featured big-block-style coil pack covers, a dual snorkel air cleaner and, of course, EFI. "We wanted to show people that you could have modern reliability and driv- ability with that vintage look," Tomlinson says. The Holley shop truck, which can be seen on Jay Leno's Garage, had a great stance, thanks in part to the six-pin, Hal- ibrand-style knockoff wheels by mikecur- Of course, a lot of enthusiasm was cre- ated around GM's LS series of engines that, despite their ugly coil packs, can be made quite attractive (albeit with a lot of makeup). Now there are several versions including the factory supercharged 6.2-liter LSA, along with a host of aftermarket speed and dress-up parts. And they fit great inside the big engine bays of those older C10 pickups and K5 Blazers. BIG TRUCK, BIG ENGINE We spotted an LS3 being installed in Louie Atilano's white '65 at in Pomona, California. "We didn't start or paint Louie's truck," says Mick. "However, we are finishing up the build and doing final assembly, which included the installation of a full tubular front suspension and brake kit from Classic Performance Products. I have to say it was a straightforward install and the LS swap is a simple one that we have performed on a lot of sixties vehicles." GM began production of the C/K line in 1960, with C standing for two-wheel drive and K for four-wheel drive. However, it's the second generation of C's from 1967- '71 that are catching fire with customizers. Dubbed Action Line when GM began to improve their comfort level with coils up front and leaf springs in the rear, they were also known as Glamour Pickups. Of course, that's not to say that the bookend models either side of the '67 and '71 sweet spot are not popular as well. They are, and increasingly so. Production numbers of the sweet years approached 1.5 million units total, with just under 300,000 being produced, respec- tively, in 1967 and '71, more than 400,000 in 1969 and just under 400,000 in 1972. There are staggering numbers out there to choose from, but as they were built pri- marily as workhorses, many have lived a hard life and were put away wet. That said, there are replacement parts galore from companies such as,, and many more. United Pacific, for example, has nearly 70 items for the '67 models alone. The New Deuce GM's classic trucks are all the rage in customizing circles. It's hard not to get excited about the cur- rent hot trend in customizing: C10 pickups. C10: on the Block By Tony Thacker

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