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This 1986 Chevy C10 Is A Bare-Metal Knockout

This Classic Truck’s Custom Details Are Amazing

Tim Bernsau Nov 6, 2015
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This slammed, bare-metal C10 is a work in progress that’s been drawing big crowds in the AccuAir Suspension booth here at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. In our mind, we’ve been calling the 1986 Chevy “the bare square,” but its true nickname is The Flying Brick. That’s perfect.

The Flying Brick is a collaboration between the owner, Dennis (whose friends call him Whisper) and builder Eric Saliba from The Little Shop in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Whisper started first, by buying the truck new. He drove the stock truck for years, eventually deciding that someday it would be rebuilt as a hot rod. In 2011, Whisper and Eric started talking about how to make that happen. They both had a ton of ideas, and Whisper trusted Eric enough to give him the artistic freedom to create a great truck. Since then, the project has been evolving, as Eric comes up with ideas and Whisper is able to fund it. “This is a working man’s truck,” he told us, meaning it’s being built on a budget the average guy can afford.

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The mesh grille and truck bed filler have been getting a lot of attention. Those pieces were laser-cut from 1/4-inch aluminum. The Kindig-It Design door handles were mounted flush and low. The taillights are extraordinary, featuring machined acrylic lenses with 3D-printed housings (so new they were carried to the SEMA Show and installed here). Scratchbuilt bumpers are flushed and frenched into the body and bed. The bed was fabricated into a single piece; there is to tailgate. The open bed floor reveals the custom mandrel bent custom frame, and rear suspension. The AccuAir e-Level system is electronic (and even offers an iPhone app). Mesh trap doors on top the inner front fenders provide access to the AccuAir solenoid valve unit. Whisper says the truck is fully steerable even when slammed. Low-profile Toyo tires are mounted on 22-inch Rotiform wheels.

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A Turn Key LS3 engine and Tremec T56 transmission make The Flying Brick fly. The Dutchman Motorsports 9-inch rear runs 3.70:1 gears.

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The interior is coming along. Highlights so far include the Billet Specialties steering wheel and the custom aluminum gauge housing. Truly unique gauges function via Dakota Digital workings.

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We can’t wait to see The Flying Brick finished and painted and ready for take-off.



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