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AUGUST 2019 THE SHOP 21 The C10 phenomenon is not confined to the U.S. The annual, one-day Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, hosted an Out of Control exhibit just for full-size pickups. It was, well, out of control. PICKUPS APLENTY Finding C10 project trucks does not appear to be too difficult. We were at the Ken- nedy Brothers Bomb Factory in Pomona where there were three C10s: a '69, a '72 and an '86. There was also a '72 Blazer that belonged to Jay Kennedy's wife. "She loved it," Kennedy says. "Drove it all the time with the roof off, but now I have it in for a refresh before the summer." Two-wheel drive Blazers, especially the '72 models, are, of course, sought after as the front end changed dramatically for '73. Indeed, as we drove around Pomona, which is a working town, we came across numerous classic C10s, both customized and stock—the latter still being used as workhorses. Prices are, as you would expect, across the board and reflect condition. But the first thing to check is the title. Many of these trucks have sat for many years without being registered. You need to know what you're getting into before you make the purchase. Study the ID plate that is riveted to the doorpost. It states the vehicle's gross weight limit (weight of truck plus its maximum allowed load) plus stamped digits that give the assembly plant year, size of truck, month built and sequential numbers as it came off the production line. These plates are necessary for positive vehicle identifica- tion and, in some cases, registration. Another thing to beware of is the long- bed that has been hacked into a more valu- able short-bed. That's not to say that it hasn't been done properly, but you have to get under there and take a look. We spotted an LS3 being installed in Louie Atilano's white '65 at in Pomona, California.

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