The Chevy Truck With A Mopar Engine Under The Hood
And that may be what makes it so awesome.
Diehard Chevy, Ford and Mopar enthusiasts don’t agree on much but if there were one steadfast principle they all acknowledge it would be that there is absolutely no motor mixing allowed. Yearn to make an auto buff cringe? Cram a mismatched motor between the frame rails of a classic vehicle.
However, if it weren’t for motor mavericks willing to push the boundaries of automotive norms the classic vehicle landscape would be considerablly different - and boring. Imagine the world without LSx swaps!
George Smith, Owner of Forsyth County Customs in Alpharetta, GA has always loved Mopars as he grew up around his dad’s 1968 Plymouth GTX. This passion for all things Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge spills over into the majority of the builds at Forsyth County Customs – even those with bowties and ovals on the grilles.
The objective for this 1969 Chevy C10 was to be a shop truck with the potential of possibly making a few passes down the drag strip. A big-block Mopar powerplant was always in the cards for this patina’d Chevrolet and thankfully due to the number of vehicles in the shop being upgraded with newer engines, there were plenty of spare parts to choose from including a Chrysler 440 big block.
As for the future of his Frankenstein parts runner, George plans on continually upgrading the truck with slicks out back and a 572 under the hood. Ultimately, he has high hopes of introducing his wife into drag racing via his misfit Mopar.
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 1969 Chevrolet C-10
Type: 440 Big Block Chrysler .060 over
Displacement: 440 .060 over
Heads: Sidewinder 275 CC intake, CNC port & polished
Rotating assembly: Factory steel crank. Balanced
Camshaft: Comp Hydraulic flat tappet
Manifold / Induction: 4BBL 850 CFM Quick Fuel Carburetor – FAST Throttle Body/Sequential EFI coming soon
Ignition: MSD currently – FAST Dual Sync/AEM EFI coming soon
Transmission: TH400 with 3000 stall Converter
Exhaust: TTI Headers / Flowmaster Single Chamber / Side Exit
Power Adder: Single Stage Nitrous Oxide 200HP Shot
Modifications: RideTech Coilovers and Control Arms / Trailing Arms
Rearend: Ford 9” 4.56 gearing coming soon.
Brakes: Wilwood 6/4 Piston
Bodywork: Very Little
Paint color: Varies – Black/Flat Black combination coming soon
Painter/Shop: - Classic Livery/Bryson Richards
Seats: Sparco 5 Point
Steering wheel: Grant
Steering column: Flaming River
Extra: Lizard Skin / LineX Bedliner coming soon
WHEELS / TIRES:
Wheel Brand / Size: American Racing 17x8-inch Front, 18x10-inch Rear
Tires: Nitto 555/Nitto Drag Radials