After riding around in the sky for a while, cruising close to the ground must have seemed like a new experience. Prior to driving this cool pavement-scraping Chevy C10, Felix Lee owned an up-in-the-air Kelderman-lifted Ford F-250.
After expressing interest in the truck, Felix shook hands with Del on a deal. The plan was that Felix could drive the finished truck out of the shop in a couple of months. The plan included no major departures from the direction the project was already taking. The finished product includes the classic Delmo's combo of old truck looks with new truck performance. We're talking about a stock-styled body, big 'n' tall wheels and tires, modern suspension for a belly-crawler stance, modern engine for off-the-leash energy, and traditional touches peppered all over the place.
Felix and Del understand that a great classic truck should look classic. In the case of this 1966 C10, the popular body style is not going to be improved by a whole lot of cutting and camouflaging. The characteristic brightwork—handles, badges, and exterior trim—was retained.
The truck sits as close to the ground as possible, a position achieved with suspension components from Porterbuilt Fabrication, Bilstein, AccuAir, and CPP. If you're going to go this low, you ought to go big too, so Felix's 1966 is stuffed with some upsized rolling stock. A pair of 315/30R22 Falken radials, mounted on 22x12 wheels, pack the rear tubs up front; 255/30R22 tires are wrapped around 22x8.5 wheels. The dimensions are not exactly traditional, but they look great, and the narrow sidewalls show off the painted Delmo Specials smoothies and clip-mounted 1964 Chevy hubcaps. CPP disc brakes were installed at every corner to bring those big wheels to a fast halt.
Delmo's uses LS3 crate engines from Chevy Performance Parts in many of his project trucks, and has even developed a "DEL S3"package that blends current technology with classic small-block looks. If you missed that story in Classic Trucks, you can read it online at hotrod.com/how-to/engine/1506-you-wont-believe-this-traditional-chevy-engine-is-an-ls3. For this application, the engine was kept close to stock. Del added his signature by replacing the factory coil covers with 327 valve covers, installed with custom adapters and modified with air breathers, PCV valve holes, and DEL S3 plates. Exhaust is drawn through stock headers to MagnaFlow pipes and mufflers. The 4L70E transmission is column-shifted and backed up by a two-piece driveshaft.
At first glance, the cab looks entirely stock, but look close and you'll spot some nice custom modifications. For starters, there's the Dakota Digital universal six-gauge set mounted in the stock dash. Electronic controls for the AccuAir e-Level air suspension system are mounted below the heater slider switches for the Vintage Air A/C system. Felix steers the C10 with a Chevy tri-spoke wheel atop a CPP column.
The original bench seat was treated to new upholstery installed at Fat Lucky's in Austin, Texas. The turquoise vinyl is contrasted by seat inserts created from new old stock 1962 Impala fabric—a cool design we've seen on other Fat Lucky's jobs.
When the C10 was finished, Felix put it to use as his daily driver, just like Del had intended to do when the Chevy belonged to him. As often happens in this hobby, Felix started thinking about another build, and since these photos were taken last spring, the C10 was sold. From what we hear, Felix and Del have been talking about teaming up for a new project—a Chevrolet K5 Blazer built with the same type of Delmo's style that makes the slammed '66 C10 so cool.
1966 Chevy C10 | Felix Lee
Rearend / Ratio: GM 12-bolt with limited slip / 3.70:1
Rear suspension: Porterbuilt Fabrication 1963-1966 Chevy Dropmember Level 3 Extreme system, plus trailing arms, Bilstein shocks, air bags with AccuAir air management system and VIAIR compressors
Rear brakes: Classic Performance Products 12-inch discs
Front suspension: Porterbuilt Fabrication 1963-1966 Chevy Dropmember Level 3 Extreme system, Bilstein shocks, air bags, anti-sway bar, CPP spindles
Steering: rack and pinion
Front brakes: Classic Performance Products 13-inch discs, factory master cylinder
Front wheels: Delmo Specials 22 x 8.5 with 1964 Chevy caps
Rear wheels: Delmo Specials 22 x 12 with 1964 Chevy caps
Front tires: Falken 255/30R22
Rear tires: Falken 315/30R22
Engine: 2010 GM 6.2L LS3
Valve covers: modified Chevrolet
Radiator: Be Cool
Exhaust / Mufflers: Magnaflow / MagnaFlow
Transmission: GM 4L70E
Shifter: column mounted
Style: Fleetside pickup
Grille: stock, chromed
Bed: stock with tubs, oak bed floor with whitewash and stainless runners
Paint type / Color: PPG / custom mix turquoise
Headlights / Taillights: stock / stock
Dashboard: stock, modified with center gauge cluster
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Steering wheel: Chevy Cushion Grip tri-spoke
Steering column: Classic Performance Products tilt
Seats: stock bench
Upholstery by: Fat Lucky's, Austin, Texas
Material / color: vinyl with N.O.S. 1962 Impala fabric / turquoise
Carpet / color: loop / blue
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Wiring: custom, installed by Delmo's