Custom Cruise Friday
With more than a year of Custom Cruise Friday Blogs to consider, there have really only been a few classic pickups to be profiled. Michele Williams’ 1972 GMC C10 half-ton low rider pickup truck has to be the most unique of all of them. Williams and her husband Derek were on travelling while on vacation in 2013 and saw the truck for sale on the side of the road with a for sale sign in the window. They couldn’t get in touch with the proper people at that time. However, by the time they got back home a deal had been struck and Derek was sent back out to pick up the pickup truck.
“I saw the truck and loved it,” Williams said. “I thought about it for the whole vacation.”
Making an instant classic
Not only is Williams’ customized GMC pickup instantly recognizable during regular cruises up and down Whyte Avenue, but she was able to find the truck already restored. In the time that Williams has owned the truck she hasn’t had to do much in the way of work. An engine tune up and some small odds and ends were all the work that need to be done after the 2013 purchase. However, the original owner had the pickup restored from the ground up.
The mastermind behind the restoration, Jay Shacker, sandblasted the body inside and out. Installed new body mounts, cab mounts and fix every dent and carefully removed every bit of rust.
“The fella that built (the truck) was going for a California style. That’s what is his visions was — a California hot rod,” Williams said. “He pretty much nailed it.”
Truly one of a kind
Pictures of Williams’ 1972 GMC C10 don’t do the unique paint and scallop accents justice. Not only is the exterior a custom color, but when the window glass was replaced, Shacker tinted them orange. When the sun hits the truck from almost any angle, the paint pops, but the specialty tint gives the leopard skin interior an almost magical glow.
The couple have a few classic vehicles in their collection. However, Williams’ truck draws more attention than the others. Automotive enthusiasts of all ages are very eager to give her truck a thumbs up during cruises on Whyte Avenue.
“A lot of people say it’s a girl’s truck,” Williams said. “I say it’s a summer truck. A guy or girl can drive it.”
What’s under the hood?
During the restoration, the engine of the 1972 GMC C10 was bored out to 406 cubic-inches and give longer connecting rods for more stroke. This gives the truck hotter performance than the standard 400 cu.-in. small block it started life with. Additionally, the transmission is a turbo 350 with a B&M shift kit and a 2500 stall converter. For extra visual flair, the end of the shift lever is capped with a di.
Williams isn’t opposed to the idea of selling the truck. But she also isn’t pursuing that option very enthusiastically, either. She and her husband have quite a bit going on their garage and could use the space. Williams freely admits that Derek isn’t going to relinquish his cars.
“I’ll drive and enjoy it as long as I have it,” Williams said.
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