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This Chevy K10 Has Something Old, Something New

Posted in Features on July 14, 2015
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Photographers: Fred Williams

Twenty years ago 4WOR was filled with fullsize trucks with crazy graphics and moon visors. These days we are fill of trucks with 1-ton axles and coilovers. Or in the case of Dan Block’s K10, all of the above. Block wanted a show truck that reminded him of the crazy vehicles of his youth, but without the buckboard ride or poor handling commonly associated with show trucks. He shortened the bed and frame on his pride-and-joy K10 pickup, restored the interior, and added wild graphics and a moon visor.

Dan Block’s truck often gets mistaken for a K5 Blazer since he shortened the frame and bed both in front of and behind the rear axle. The wild graphics applied over the shortened bodywork are actually a wrap, not paint.

Next, Hazzard Fab.Worx took over with a 1-ton drivetrain and custom suspension for the truck. “We love working with customers who get their hands dirty too,” says Luke Shaman of Hazzard . “Dan did the parts he was comfortable with, and we did the rest as his budget and schedule allowed.”

Under the sheetmetal, a modern Gen III V-8 routes power through an old-school TH400 and NP205 to 1-ton axles. Hazzard crafted a modern link suspension front and rear with King coilover shocks and air bumps that ride like a magic carpet. The only thing missing is a row of KC Daylighters across that roll bar.

This ain’t your father’s big-block! The 8.1L Gen III V-8 under the hood sends over 450 lb-ft of torque to the TH400 transmission. The engine was found in a Schwann’s delivery truck and was converted from propane to run on gasoline using a harness from Wayne Hartwig at 150tunes.com.

Tech Specs
Chevrolet K10 Pickup
Drivetrain
Engine: 8.1L V-8
Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic
Transfer Case: NP205
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, and Warn hubs
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with 5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, and disc brakes

Suspension
Springs & Such: King coilovers and hydraulic bumpstops, Hazzard Fab.Worx 4-link (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x15.50R20 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 20x10 BMF Sota wheels
Steering: Crossover steering with Saginaw box and Hazzard Fab.Worx 1 1/2x0.250-wall DOM tie rod
Other: Shortened frame and bed, custom 24-gallon fuel cell, 1350 rear driveline, custom roll bar

Hazzard Fab.Worx built the front suspension similar to a Wrangler long arm kit, with upper arms that tie into the lower control arms in a radius arm fashion. The arms are built from 2x0.250-wall DOM tubing and use Trail-Gear Creeper Joints, so bending them should never be an issue for Block. 14-inch-travel King coilover shocks and King hydraulic bumpstops soak up the bumps far better than old, stiff leaf springs do.
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The Corporate 14-bolt is a timeless rear axle choice. It was introduced in 1973 and has been in use ever since. Hazzard Fab.Worx added a Detroit Locker and 5.13 gears inside, along with a pinion guard and disc brakes outside.
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