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C10 Conversions by Blain’s Autobody: Silverado With a Retro Face

Diving into a restomod 1972/2018 C10 (or K10?)

Blain's Bodyshop & Auto Sales has dreamed up a few custom creations that involve melding old-school metal with the feel of a new truck. Over the past 20 years, Blain's projects have included various lowered and repowered 1967-1972 C10s and Blazers. His idea is that no matter how nice your show truck looks, it'll never ride and drive like a new truck. He gives those who frequent truck shows the option to drive, not trailer, their rigs to events. Imagine: sitting in the check-in line, it's 105 degrees outside, nothing's overheating, and your A/C is cranked. Recently, Blain began working on a 2018 Chevy Silverado. The plan was to morph the front of the truck and blend 1972 C10 coolness with the reliability of a late model fullsize. Here's how it went down.

Two items from Blain's portfolio of attention-grabbing projects.

After acquiring a stock 2018 Chevy Silverado, Blain cut it to pieces. The bed was cut down to match that of a 1972 Chevy, the door skins and bedsides were replaced with sheetmetal from LMC Truck, new fenders were installed, and the old-style hood, bumpers, and grille were worked onto their new platform.

No frame modifications were necessary, all the truck's sensors and airbags function as they should, and best of all—the experience from inside is like you're driving something new, while the outside is dripping with retro style. Check out more of Blain's work HERE.

Everything started with a stock 2018 Chevy Silverado.
The new truck's bed needed to be shortened by a few inches to match the 1972's specs.
Sheetmetal panels were reskinned using metal from LMC Truck.
Before receiving its Hugger Orange and White paintjob.
If that base Silverado had four-wheel drive, shouldn't this be called a K10 conversion? Anyways, still looks exciting.
You'll notice the late-model truck's windscreen angle contrasting the old-style sheetmetal, mixed with the correct paint, and wheels donated by a 2017 work truck. Yes, that interior remains unchanged.