A Closer Look: Holley’s 1967 Chevy C10 Shop Truck

Holley has a lot of history in the automotive world, and makes a business producing some of the best, most trusted fuel system components in the world. But at the end of the day, it’s all about the cars we love. So it’s neat to find out what kind of shop cars these companies have for themselves: how they look, what they use, how they run, etc.

Tom Tomlinson, president and CEO of Holley, stopped by Chuck’s Garage in his ’67 C10 to see good ole Chuck Hanson. Eager to find out what’s lurking under the hood, Tom pops it open to reveal a big, bright-colored monster.

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Inside, we find a hot-cam LS3 crate motor, painted in a glowing red-orange. The truck reflects the appreciation and nostalgia for the vintage 1960s look, and the folks at Holley went to so far as to even add a faux Tanawanda sticker to the right-side head cover.

It wouldn’t be a Holley-made truck if it didn’t have some Holley parts, however; beneath the Corvette air cleaner resides one of the company’s signature self-learning systems–the Terminator series–which requires a simple setup and then makes its own corrections to optimize performance. No doubt it serves a strong role in helping the truck achieve almost 500hp. As for transmission, the truck uses a tried-and-true Tremec T56 6-speed combined with a Hurst shifter.

Moving onto the rest of the truck, the duo examine the terrific efforts made to reflect the vehicle’s vintage roots, with special care and attention paid to the white grille and headlight bezels. In particular, the wheels were noteworthy for their being modeled after the old Halibrand ones. Even the paint is an original period-correct shade as offered by Chevy.

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Moving along, Tom and Chuck discuss other facets of the C10, like its Baer brakes and lowered suspension. The building team decided to use the respectable Ford 9-inch axle in the rear, for that added durability which was tested on the last Power Tour.

With regard to the bed, it was constructed by Bed Wood of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hiding under it is the 20-gallon gas tank, which gets along fine with the rest of the undercarriage.

c10bedIn the interior, the old-fashioned theme continues to with the sheet-metal door panels and radio delete, making it the cheapest model available back then. The stock-framed seat was made by Gabe’s Street Rod Custom Interiors of San Bernardino, California.

But Chuck won’t let Tom get away too quickly. He grabs a floor jack and jack stands to lift the rear and grab a peek of the differential, suspension, and other components.

Tom explains the mufflers to be Hooker Aero Chambers, which would work great with these old trucks. An aftermarket crossmember was needed to encompass the LS3 motor.

The folks at Holley love this truck for its versatility and durability. Time and again, it’s been able to prove itself in autocross, drag racing, and simply a daily driver.

The guys conclude by taking the C10 out to get some food at a local restaurant. And with the way that truck looks and sounds, it must be quite a filling piece of candy for the eyes.

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About the author

David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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