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1973 Chevy C10

Jason with 1973 Black Chevy C10

Installation of a BluePrint Crate Engine and a Jasper Auto Transmission is almost complete.
This project began as a well patina-ed Arizona pickup, sporting a RideTech lowered coil over suspension with 20 inch American Racing Wheels.
The C10 arrived at Easton Muscle and Custom with a 350 engine running on 6 ½ cylinders. The owner opted for a crate engine built by BluePrint Engines featuring a Holley carb sporting 373 HP & 407 ft lbs of torque, and a fresh redone Jasper tranny, flex plate and torque converter. A/C system upgrade with a late model 134 compressor and condenser retaining the original Chevrolet evaporator, dryer and interior fan and outlets.
Jason Gallo, Easton Muscle and Custom’s lead Craftsman on this project,  began the engine install by painting the rusted engine compartment and front suspension components a semi gloss black. He then installed custom front wheel wells to cover the dropped suspension. Both additions set up a nice, clean backdrop for the new engine.

Update 06/11/2020: The 1973 C10 has been finished and delivered!

1973 Black Chevy C10 Pickup 1973 Black Chevy C10 Pickup

Finishing a Cool Ride

A 1970 GTX being restored

Completed June 2020

If you are a “CAR” person, you will no doubt  have some automotive fantasizes that are still not a reality. Part of your fantasizes might included: a One-of-a-Kind, a Restoration, or an Update to an Existing Project. Regardless of your dream,  Easton Muscle & Custom (EMC) can help with Your Vision.  More importantly,  EMC has the talented Craftsman and Shop Capability to FINISH Your Ride!

One such ride has arrived at EMC as shown in the photos.

A 1970 Plymouth GTX -Metallic Blue with Black interior, 440 cu in automatic.

Metallic Blue 1970 Plymouth GTX Metallic Blue 1970 Plymouth GTX

Progress Update January 2020

After some extensive assembly of parts in the engine compartment,  the engine was oil primed, valves adjusted, ignition timing checked, a little gas and Wallah! Engine fired right up! Once warmed up, timing and carb idle was set. Looks like EMC will make the deadline to have this monster on the road by Spring 2020!

1970 Plymouth GTX engine

GTX – January Update

1970 Plymouth GTX engine


***Closing in on Completion – April 2020 update***

Closing in on completion, all that is left is rear glass installation, air cleaner, ashtray and minor trim. Plus, the owner has chosen to replace all gauges. Then, Easton Muscle and Custom will return a completed GTX to the owner!

1965 C10 Chevy Custom Pickup

This body…

1965 Chevy C10 Pickup

on this frame…

new frame for a 1965 Chevy C10 pickup

EMC’s newest project – a 1965 C10 Chevy Custom Pickup Truck

1965 Chevy C10 in metal shop

After being test fitted to the new Dropped and Bagged frame, the cab and bed were measured to make sure the GM LS3 engine and auto trans would not interfere with the old sheet metal. Jason then hand formed the new lower firewall and tunnel and welded it onto place.

1965 Chevy C10 new fabricated firewall1965 Chevy C10 new fabricated firewall

Custom hood hinges were  mounted to the cowl and hood for a clean look. Rust repair can be seen on the firewall.

1965 Chevy C10 start on new fender fabrication 1965 Chevy C10 start on new fender fabrication

Custom metal fender  wheel wells will be fitted next. Stay tuned!

Progress Update January 2020

Off again, on again, the truck cab is mated to the frame and is now a permanent fitment. Inner fender well in the front coming together, radiator fitted and the fuel tank and Air Bag Compressor/tank unit installed – ready for the hard part…..

1965 Chevy C10

January Update

1965 Chevy C10

 

 

Wiring the LS engine…. Jason made a “One off” junction box for a nice looking water proof install.

1965 Chevy C10 wiring junction box 1965 Chevy C10 wiring junction box

The 442 is done!

Car show award

Easton Muscle & Custom has finished Phase 1 of the assembly on the 1972 Oldsmobile 442. The owner has taken his 442 home to enjoy driving this summer for the first time in four years. He took it to its first car show and got a Participants Choice Award. All the other car owners at the show also voted it Best of Show. In his words “Could not have done it without you guys – absolutely the best craftsmanship! I am so grateful that you took the opportunity to work on my car!”

The continuing plan for the 442…. Easton Muscle & Custom will redo the hood and some period correct additions – and anything else that shows up between now and then.

442 Nearing Completion

Pontiac 442 in the shop

The EMC 442 “finish it” project is nearing finalization. At EMC we enjoy working with a client to feel his dream and put it into reality by finishing his/her project.

The “not-so-fun” part, is trying to make someone else’s inferior work look acceptable. The really bad part is having to point out to the owner what was improperly done and what should have been done by the “other guy”. We usually find that the “other guy” didn’t do something wrong intentionally, more like he just was not properly schooled on the “right way” things in custom projects need to be done.

Some of the “right way” things that weren’t done on the 442 project: No excuse to put new paint over old paint. The paint application on the 442 was good; but for correctness and longevity, painting over old paint never works! Remember: “Nothing is more expensive than a cheap paint job”! Another serious problem is evident that the panel mock up wasn’t done before painting the car. Fitment, alignment, body gaps – all need to precede final paint application. Otherwise, you most surely damage the paint during final assembly. This was really evident in the hood latch mechanism. No thought of how or what type of latch was going to be used before the paint was applied. This caused us serious problems. Another big mistake – the door/fender alignment was not done correctly in mock up. The gap between the fender/door and the windshield post on the left side is about ½ an inch bigger. This cannot be properly aligned now, because the door and fender were skim coated with bondo and block sanded flat. If you try to move the door/fenders to the right, the flatness disappears.

showing improper alignment on a door panel
Improper alignment
showing improper alignment on a door panel

These are the “little” things that weren’t done and make this project a nice “ten footer” rather than “flawless”