Josh Kimich's 67' Chevy C/10
...started life as good ole' farm trucks
For some, the decision to start on a new project or to dive head first into a full restoration is a hard choice to make. For others, whether it be fate or bad luck, that decision is made for them.
Unfortunately for Josh Kimich, the latter happened to be the case for him. When Chevrolet started rolling out pickup trucks, in the beginning, they were obviously intended for light-duty working needs from the farm to the job site. It didn't take long for hot rodders to fall in love with these trucks and started giving them the same treatment as their cars, and to this day, there is an entire industry behind the truck scene.
Josh’s C/10; well both of them….. we’ll get to that later; was no different, they started life as good ole’ farm trucks and got turned into a billboard of style and performance.
It caught fire from the truck being buried in pine needles.
The vehicle we are focused on is his 67’ Chevy C/10, but his story starts with a 72’ long bed that he bought around 2003. When he dug the truck up, the 305 hadn't run in several years and after getting it to run it caught fire from the truck being completely buried in pine needles.
He drove the truck 3-4 years through high school and built a mild carbed 400 for it, and once in college, he would start doing the body work thanks to Pappy’s paint and body who helped teach him along the way. By this time, it was 2013 and he decided to swap in a stock LS1 and T56 he pulled from a donor Camaro.
Unfortunately, after only driving it for 3 weeks, going about 50mph, a guy tried flying across multiple lanes on the highway. Josh nailed the brakes and did his best to save the truck, but ended up going into the center median which left the truck nearly totaled.
Instead of trying to mend the truck together, Josh decided to start fresh with a 67’ model year C-10. Saving what he could, he pulled the engine and transmission out, reused the passenger door, the tailgate, and rear bumper. While bringing the 67’ home, he saw a long bed Chevy painted in the color he ultimately decided to have the truck painted in, again at Pappy’s paint and body, with his own rendition of medium poly green.
While taking the ole’ 72’ to the scrapyard a guy honked and flagged him down, and after some negotiating, paid him $600 to take the truck home with him. For several years after that, he would drive by the guys' house for work and noticed he was constantly working on it. He ended up quitting his job before the truck was finished, but a few years later while driving down the same road, he noticed a nicely painted long bed hanging out in the shed.
Josh nailed the brakes and did his best to save the truck
Putting the new truck back together he decided to add air bag suspension from Extensive Metalworks powered by 2 Viair compressors. He borrowed an 8.8 rear end from a 2000 Ford Explorer and added 72’ C-10 factory disk brakes.
For the interior is a mix of his favorite parts from different years, seats from a 72’, door panels from a 69’, and a dash from a 67’. Of course, Vintage Air was added in, to battle the brutal Houston, TX heat. Then it came to the hardest part, choosing the wheels, which can make or break a vehicle, but this is where the call to Forgeline was made and the incredible help from Mark Schetter came into play.
He went as far as purchasing stock C-10 parts and getting measurements to make sure he would get the perfect wheel. What he ended up with was Zx3S Forgeline 19x9 fronts and 19x11 rears with Potenza RE-11’s mounted up. He said the hardest part was waiting for funds to recoup to buy the tires, so he had to settle for mounting the wheels up and staring at it for hours to see how it would look.
For the interior is a mix of his favorite parts from different years,
The end result is one beautiful short box C/10 still sporting the same rear bumper as his first truck, including the small dent on the corner reminding him how far he has come. He even intentionally left the dent on the inside of the tailgate when his dad borrowed the truck to haul a giant round bale of hay in the back.
You may be able to notice a few minor details and missing parts left to finish up but as we all know projects are never actually finished. The small hole in the bed floor is to clear the upper control arms that will later get relocated so it can be completely sealed back up and the antenna and wiper blades still need to be finalized as he does intend to drive this truck anywhere he wants.
He does later plan to spice the engine up a little more, with the encouraging nudges from his friends because more HP is always better, right?! In conclusion, this truck is a perfect example of how a modern-day C/10 should be done for cruising around and tearing up the Houston, TX streets.
19x9 fronts and 19x11 rears
He does later plan to spice the engine up a little more.