Talk about an unbelievably-cool hot rod. This twin-turbo’d 1966 Chevy C10 shop truck was destined to be the parts hauler for Classic Car Studio out of St. Louis, Missouri. Yes, that’s right, we said parts hauler. But, things change. A custom job through-and-through, we reached out to Noah Alexander, and got the details on what’s under the hood, and just why it was built.
“We were building this for ourselves to use as a parts hauler,” Noah explained. “It was kind of a slippery slope with what we were adding to it and where the build started going. After everything was said and done, we had built it with twin turbos, and slammed it with air ride.” They have never had anything get so much attention online, and with all of the comments and shares, they’ve reached well over a million individual viewers — and you can add yourself to that list.
“We have sixteen people on staff, and we do everything in house,” Noah told us. A bonus to doing everything in-house, is that the fabricator, painter, and interior designer can all get together and make sure the project is streamlined and that all aspects works together. It also helps make the entire process run quicker and eliminates the need for phone calls or emails to third party shops.
The project started by the guys dedicating one day a week, solely to working on the truck, but the slide down the slippery slope started when one of the guys suggested putting air ride under it. The initial plan was to simply get the C10 running and drivable, but the shop ended up with a lot more as they slid down the slope. Under the hood is a 346 cubic-inch LS1 engine with LS6 heads that delivered 460 horsepower to the wheels. If you think that is satisfactory, that was before they added the Nelson Racing Engines 64mm Mirror Image turbos.
The air ride system is an E-level kit by AccuAir. It has three different settings, and is self leveling. “It works great and gives a nice smooth ride,” Noah explained. “It really does drive great on the highway.” The fuel system was built with the latest and greatest that Holley has to offer. It features a Holley Dominator EFI system with a Sniper intake manifold, Dominator ECU, 105mm throttle body, 7-inch touch screen display, and a VR2 brushless fuel pump. The truck also has a flex-fuel sensor, so while it runs on pump gas for the most part, the shop can fill it with E85 without having to change a thing. “You can put whatever you want in the tank and it will just run it,” Noah told us.
Among other things, the patina’ed hauler features Vintage Air A/C, a Kenwood stereo system, 4L60E transmission, and a 9-inch rearend with 3.73 gears. Part of the custom fabrication work included moving the radiator and intercooler to the bed since they no longer fit in the front of the truck. “It’s hard to do something original,” Noah explained, “but this is definitely original and would be really hard to replicate.”
The C10’s exterior paint is all original, save for the logos they added. That fact is surprising when you realize that this wasn’t an original big-window truck. As a testament to their work, the guys modified the back of the cab to accept a large rear window without doing any paint or body work.
As you look the truck over, you’ll see why it is definitely one of the coolest shop trucks we’ve seen. It has twin turbos, air conditioning, and can run both pump gas or E85 without any modifications. That’s tough to beat.
Do you know about or use a really cool shop truck? If you do, shoot us an email and tell us about it. We always love to see what people are using to haul their parts.