SEMA 2015: 1969 Chevrolet K10 Pickup

1969-k10-pickup-rearFor many people, owning a vehicle is not just a way to get from Point A to Point B – a vehicle is a blank canvas upon which to creatively express yourself. Within the world of custom cars, communities have developed around certain platforms and models. From the ’32 Ford and the ’49 Mercury to modern day platforms like the Subaru WRX and Mazda Miata, custom cars are woven into the fabric of our culture.

One platform that is huge among customizers is the family of GMC and Chevrolet full-size trucks built between 1967 and 1972. With a wide variety of both original and aftermarket parts available, these C/K pickups are an excellent starting point for a custom build.

While walking the show floor at SEMA 2015, I passed by the Doug Thorley Headers booth and saw this 1969 K/10 pickup which belongs to Brad & Sara.

I couldn’t find a lot of details on the truck, but I did notice a newer generation LS engine swapped under the hood along with a color-matched intake manifold and valve covers. The whole thing looked very clean in the engine bay with the smoothed firewall. The truck was equipped with Doug Thorley headers, a Painless wiring harness, and an IDIDIT steering column with Dakota Digital gauges.

This K/10 was laying frame thanks to Airlift Performance parts and Viair compressors. At normal ride height, it handles well thanks to its Specialty Suspension components and QA1 shocks. I’ve got no idea about which wheel and tire combo they went with. It was painted a beautiful metallic blue paint job with House of Kolor paints and a light shade of wood in the bed.

Because of the popularity of these trucks, you will find that no two are alike! Every owner has customized theirs in a unique way. I like what Brad and Sara did with this one – nice job on the cool custom truck!

78-83 Toyota Hilux Extended Cab Long Wheelbase Dually Truck

I spotted this thing stuck in rush hour traffic as I cruised on past in the HOV lane.  I can’t find much about it, it may have even been imported from Mexico?  It does have Arizona plates on it so who knows.  There probably aren’t too many like this out there so go ahead and soak it in. Continue reading

1994 Ford Taurus: 3 Wheeler (Craigslist)

This kind of weight reduction is bound to give even the most progressive of ecomodders a full on rager.  With 140 hp or so and a pretty bulletproof engine this three wheeled freakshow will most certainly keep you entertained for a while, at least until the transmission pops. Continue reading

1984 Cadillac Deville Flower Car (El Camino)

On the trip back from the SEMA show we spotted this 1984 Cadillac Deville Flower Car at a dealership in Wickenburg. The place seemed to be closed down for the day so any and all questions went unanswered. A quick search of the VIN shows that this car started out life in early 1984, as a 1984 Coupe Deville. It was equipped with a somewhat useless 4.1 V8, which I’m sure scooted a full bed of flowers along just fine. Continue reading

You Must Be Joking – Airbrushed Yamaha R1

“Oh dear God!” The words fell out of my mouth and on to the pavement as I walked past this atrocity in the parking lot of a local restaurant. Here we have a Yamaha R1 sport bike which combines two of my least favorite things: motorcycles and the new “Dark Knight” movies.

The bike’s body panels are custom painted with the Joker from the “Dark Knight” movie series. From the embroidered seat to the color-matched wheels, they really went all out on this thing. This bike is the very definition of “tasteless.”

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