As vintage trucks go, the Chevrolet 1967-72 models are some of the most collectible. While the vehicles may be hard to come by, parts are relatively accessible thanks to aftermarket manufacturers like Long Motor Company. As one of the leading source for original and reproduction vintage truck parts, Long Motor Company decided to build a 1972 Chevy K10, which it completely restored using the parts available by the company. LMC Truck hired Kultured Customs of Gardner, Kansas, to build the truck from the ground-up. In addition, the entire build was captured by the Chop Cut Rebuild television show for the 2015 season and once finished, the K-10 was revealed at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kultured Customs replaced the factory engine with a new Chevy Performance LT1 V8 engine that uses a custom exhaust system built by Magnaflow and a set of QTP exhaust cut-outs. The modern LS engine was coupled to a Supermatic 4L85-E four-speed automatic that was attached to the truck’s original transfer case. Both of the truck’s original axles, (front and rear) were completely rebuilt and outfitted with 4:11 gears. A set of Warn locking hubs were added to the front, and a Positraction limited-slip unit was used in the rear to give Miss Fire the added traction she needs for a variety of terrain.
In 1972, the K-10 trucks came with drum brakes, so Kultured Customs worked with Classic Performance Parts to come up with a new front and rear disc-brake system that was created just for this truck. In addition, while most of the factory steering components were also maintained, but the system was updated with a HydraStop power steering unit which helped smooth out the ride and provide precise control for the large 20-inch wheels and tires. This wheel and tire combination really sets off the truck and consists of GM rally-style wheels that were manufactured by U.S. Mags and were mounted to a set of Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3 tires. This wheel and tire combination gives the truck it’s aggressive 4×4 appearance, but allows it to drive smoothly on the highway and provide enough traction for any off-road experiences.
Once all of the bodywork was completed, Kultured Customs applied the Copperhead paint to all the body panels. The bed of the truck also received LMC’s oak wood bed kit, with the company logo burned into the center. With the exterior complete, the interior was upgraded to a new white leather upholstery over the bench seat and added a copper colored weave in the center. The same color treatment was added to the door panels and the padded dash.
While the dash remained stock, a Vintage USA Gauge Cluster was installed, which provides the factory surround but houses modern gauges within it. An upgraded stereo from RetroSound was also added, as well as an Old-Air air conditioning system. These components work within the original dash and don’t distract from the truck’s classic appearance.
Anyone who loves 1967-72 Chevy pickups will appreciate the work and effort that goes into restoring and updating this K10. Capturing all of that was the Chop Cut Rebuild television show which appears on MAV-TV. You can watch all the episodes detailing the truck’s build-up at Kultured Customs by visiting the MAV-TV website to find the airing schedule for Chop Cut Rebuild. The episodes are also available to watch for free on the Lucas Oil Racing TV website.