1968 Chevrolet CST-10 Short Bed Pickup Custom RestoMod

1968 Chevrolet CST-10 Short Bed Pickup Custom RestoMod

The Chevy C10 on offer was acquired as a complete and perfectly stock, rust and accident-free truck in 2011 by a vintage Chevrolet truck collector in Southern California. It was purchased from a long-time owner as the basis with “good bones” for a custom build. Travis Pruis at CTP CONCEPTS custom truck shop was commissioned for the job.

The truck was stripped, inspected and stress-tested to confirm the total lack of rust and accident damage, so the original floors and structural components could be retained.

Frame and Suspension

Originally a long wheelbase truck bed, a custom short bed was fabricated, c-notched to facilitate the installation of the air ride suspension system & suspension components. All dimensions are correct. The fully adjustable Bagged Air Ride System – 2600 Lbs. front and 2600 Lbs. rear, includes two compressors, three 5-gallon air tanks, 1/2″ valves, an analog gauge under the dashboard to show air pressure, and has an air ride control switch box in the cab. The truck can be instantly raised or lowered infinitely between ride heights. The front suspension upper and lower control arms have been fully rebuilt, with an anti sway bar added and a power assist rack and pinion steering system installed. The rear features a custom built 2-link suspension, and all four corners were fitted with Custom Performance Products (CPP) drilled and slotted disc brakes activated with the assistance of a full power brake booster. The truck rides on Esajian 20″ polished chrome wheels with color-matched spokes and new BF Goodrich G-Force Comp 2 tires.

Engine and Transmission

The truck is powered by a new 355 cubic inch Blueprinted Summit Racing 375 HP crate engine with Performer RPM aluminum intake manifold, Mallory ignition unit, and numerous chrome dress-up accessories. The engine is cooled by a heavy-duty Northern Aluminum radiator. The transmission is a fully rebuilt 700R4 with automatic overdrive and lock-up torque converter, powering the rear wheels through a custom fabricated drive shaft and new u-joints.

Body and Paint

CTP were fastidious in ensuring all panels were arrow straight in preparation. The bare shell was then delivered to S&M KUSTOMZ in San Gabriel, California, who applied the General Motors Gold Mist metallic with Summit White accents, clear coated with acrylic polyurethane, and polished to perfection. The bed of the truck is lined with Rhino Liner Bed Liner protective coating. All stainless and aluminum trim has been polished. The windshield has no scratches, chips, or flaws. Both front and rear bumpers are new triple plated chrome pieces.


The custom interior features a Chevrolet Silverado 60/40 split bench seat in factory original two tone dark gray upholstery, black vinyl covered dash pad, black velour fabric door panels, vinyl black visors, black plush carpeting, and chevy badged custom floor mats. Stock seatbelts were retained. An Ididit chrome tilt steering column has been added and incorporates the 3-speed plus overdrive transmission shifter. An “Old Air” air conditioning system is installed and blows ice cold. The stereo system is an Alpine CDA-1728BT with CD and Bluetooth, amplified with an Alpine PDX-2 150. Instrumentation is represented by Dakota Digital Dash Gauges and consists of Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Clock, Ammeter, Temperature, Oil Pressure, and Fuel gauges. The speedo and tach display in both analog and digital readouts simultaneously. Windows are power operated. All interior metal surfaces are beautifully color matched exactly with GM beige metallic interior paint.

The truck sports professionally restored black and yellow California license plates, (front & rear) and are displayed on the registration and title. Also included will be an original 1968 Chevrolet Truck Owner’s Manual plus some receipts, invoices, and specification sheets documenting the provenance of this vehicle that have been collected over more than a decade of ownership.

Since completion, the truck has been thoroughly enjoyed to the tune of 15,000 miles under the 11 years of ownership. Meticulously stored in a climate-controlled garage and equally well-maintained. Shown at local shows, the truck has attained a couple of Best in Show trophies.

The truck still presents beautifully with a nicely settles patina and consistency of finish. It remains free of dents, rust and accident damage but for a small 1/4″ scratch on the driver’s side front fender. Touch up paint covers it well. It starts easily, purrs on idle and drives as it did when it rolled out of CTP 11 years ago.

1968 Chevrolet CST-10 Short Bed Pickup Custom RestoMod