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LaFawnda: Tino Garza’s 1965 C-10


Issues have for sure modified for tradition vans. It was once that with a view to name your truck tradition, you needed to take it to the extraordinary restrict, together with wild frame mods and painted graphics. Even though there are individuals who nonetheless move all out like that, it’s now not for everybody. For example, despite the fact that C-10s have emerged as one in every of the freshest segments within the truck scene, now not everyone seems to be pushed to switch their seems dramatically.

The fad with C-10s is to reinforce upon them reasonably than trade their authentic shape. Even though it’s a will have to to switch the suspension and drivetrain, it’s now not necessary inside the scene to switch a C-10’s bodily look. Nowadays, even discovering a truck with a immediately frame and lots of patina is suitable, however for people that wish to do it proper, restoring the outside is a will have to.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 badge

“He knew he sought after to provide the truck a restomod glance,make some enhancements however stay the unique glance of the truck intact.”

22x8.5 and 24x15 Delmo Specials

All the authentic trim used to be used to handle the unique taste.

raised stained oak wood bed floor and widened wheel tubs.

To make room for the suspension and massive rear wheels, the stained oak wooden mattress ground used to be raised and the unique wheel tubs have been widened.

What Tino Garza had in thoughts when he began in this ’65 C-10 used to be to make it glance as though it used to be all authentic however with a twist. Since Tino has a large number of members of the family who have been into lowriders, he evolved an appreciation for traditional automobiles as a child. From there, he were given into vans like the remainder of us. Since then, he’s been running on a ’94 Silverado in his personal storage.

Whilst he used to be running at the Silverado, his nice pal, Eddie Franco, discovered a ’65 C-10 close to lake Arrowhead, California, and determined to construct it himself. Issues didn’t pan out for Eddie, so Tino scooped up the C-10. He knew he sought after to provide the truck a restomod glance, making some enhancements however maintaining the unique glance of the truck intact. One store well-known for growing wicked-low vans with trendy energy is Delmo’s. Del Uschenko and his proficient workforce are very aware of C-10s and feature a name for growing a particular taste.

Simplified cab interior

Issues have been saved easy inside the cab to retain the vintage glance

Truck Specifications:
Tino Garza

1965 Chevrolet C-10

Bermuda Dunes, CA


  • Store: Mullenix Racing Engines/Delmo’s Pace & Kustom
  • 408-ci LS3 engine
  • Magnuson Heatbeat supercharger
  • Holley Terminator MPFI EFI machine with 102mm throttle frame
  • Vintage Chevy small-block script valve duvet with Delmo’s adapters
  • Force Junky low-mount AC serpentine package
  • Customized consumption tube with Okay&N filter out
  • Customized 3-inch exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers
  • Be Cool four-row radiator and twin electrical enthusiasts
  • Rebuilt 4L80E transmission
  • 1-ton driveshaft
  • Currie 9-inch rearend
  • 4.10:1 gears
  • Vintage Efficiency Merchandise aluminum gasoline tank


  • Store: Delmo’s Pace & Kustom
  • Swapped to short-bed body
  • Porterbuilt Fab Degree 3 entrance pass member with regulate fingers
  • Vintage Efficiency Merchandise drop spindles
  • Entrance AirLift Dominator airbags
  • Porterbuilt Fab Degree 3 rear Drop member with 2-link and Watts hyperlink
  • Rear Firestone sleeve ’luggage
  • Bilstein shocks
  • Baer Brakes grasp cylinder
  • 14-inch Baer disc brakes with six-piston calipers up entrance and four-piston calipers within the rear
  • AccuAir e-level air control machine

Wheels & Tires

  • 22×8.5 and 24×15 Delmo Specials
  • 255/30R22 and 405/25R24 Pirelli tires

Frame & Paint

  • Store: Lewis Millinich Frame Store/Delmo’s Pace & Kustom
  • Authentic chrome bumpers and trim
  • Porterbuilt hood hinges
  • Delmo’s entrance interior fenders
  • Shaved gasoline filler and tailgate latches
  • Substitute brief bedsides
  • Raises stained oak wooden mattress ground
  • Authentic rear wheel tubs widened through Empire Fabrication
  • Customized paint based totally off 1963 Corvette

Inner & Stereo

  • Store: Delmo’s Pace & Kustom/Fats Fortunate’s
  • Manufacturing unit seat reupholstered in vinyl with insert from ‘60s Impala
  • Customized tan carpet
  • Past due-model GM throttle pedal
  • Dakota Virtual VHX gauges
  • Antique Air AC
  • Customized Impala AC knobs
  • Vintage Efficiency Merchandise guidance column with authentic wheel

Lewis Millinich Body Shop/Delmo’s Speed & Kustom body

Tino’s final purpose used to be to have the truck in a position for the once a year SEMA Display since he’d by no means had a car displayed there sooner than. Development a truck for the display is a big feat, and Tino knew he may accept as true with Del as a result of he has a lot of these kind of builds beneath his belt. Tino dropped off the truck on the store when it used to be based totally out of Burbank, California, and Del talked him into slicing the truck’s lengthy mattress.

The primary plan of action used to be to begin with the basis, and for a truck that is the chassis. A brief-bed body used to be obtained to save lots of the time required to chop down the unique model. From there, a Porterbuilt Fab Degree 3 entrance pass member used to be connected with an identical set of regulate fingers, CPP drop spindles and 2 AirLift Dominator airbags to get the ’65 down low. Within the again sits a slim Currie 9-inch rearend held in position with a Porterbuilt Fab Degree 3 Dropmember with 2-link, Watts hyperlink and 2 Firestone sleeve ’luggage. Those parts have been selected particularly to suit the 22×8.5 entrance and 24×15-inch rear Delmo Specials on one aspect and Kompression KCV-556 at the different, each supplied with Pirelli rubber. Ensuring those outsized rollers come to a halt is a collection of Baer 14-inch brakes with entrance six-piston caliper and rear four-piston calipers. That is the place the truck were given the identify “LaFawnda,” as it has a large rear like a handsome curvy girl.

“As soon as the truck used to be executed, it used to be loaded up and brought to the SEMA display the place it used to be a whole hit. Tino were given a lot of reactions on the whole lot from the supercharged LS3 to the other set of wheels it had on each side.”

Engine customized by Mullenix Racing Engines/Delmo’s Speed & Kustom

To energy this attractive beast, Tino knew he sought after a excessive horsepower engine to depart others in his path of rubber. He ordered up a 408-ci LS3 with Magnuson Heatbeat supercharger from Mullenix Racing Engines. The LS3 used to be painted Chevy Orange and a collection of vintage small-block script valve covers are held in position with Delmo’s adapters. The entrance finish used to be dressed up with a Force Junky serpentine package with low-mount AC compressor. A tradition consumption tube with Okay&N filter out escorts air within. At the different finish, a collection of Hooker headers strikes gases out of a tradition 3-inch exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers. One of the most greatest errors folks make is opting for a transmission that received’t hang as much as the calls for of a high-powered engine. To struggle this, Tino carried out a rebuilt GM 4L80E transmission to succeed in 700 hp on the wheels.


“It’s as a result of its simplicity that there was such a lot buzz across the truck. Even if it isn’t tremendous wild, Tino’s C-10 has the best stability of mods to make it a success.”

 408-CI LS3 built by mullinex racing engines

On the middle of this attractive beast is a 408-CI LS3 constructed through mullinex racing engines. It has additionally been upgraded with a magnuson heartbeat supercharger to pump out 700 hp on the rear wheels.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 warming its tires

Instead of the aforementioned adjustments, the truck used to be saved as inventory as conceivable. Up entrance, a collection of Porterbuilt Fab hood hinges and Delmo’s interior fenders make room for the huge billet wheels. At the again finish, a brand new set of brief bedsides used to be ordered to check the period of the body. Then the stained oak wooden mattress ground used to be raised 12 inches, and Empire Fabrication widened the unique wheel tubs. Subsequent, the truck used to be despatched off to Lewis Millinich Frame Store in Hanford, California, for correct bodywork and custom-mixed paint based totally off of a 1963 Corvette Saddle Tan. After all, all the authentic trim used to be added to tug off a factory-fresh glance.

The internal is saved easy like remainder of the truck. For higher capability, a CPP guidance column used to be put in in conjunction with a Dakota Virtual VHX gauge panel. The Antique Air AC unit is managed through a collection of Impala switches and blows in the course of the authentic vents. Fats Fortunate’s stepped in to put down new carpet, reupholster the unique seat in matching vinyl and upload an insert from a ’60s Impala.

Delmo's Kustom badge

As soon as the truck used to be executed, it used to be loaded up and brought to the SEMA Display the place it used to be a whole hit. Tino were given a lot of reactions on the whole lot from the supercharged LS3 to the other set of wheels it had on each side. Speaking to pals afterwards, he determined to stay with the Delmo Specials on all 4 corners. With the glance entire, this truck takes at the personality of an authentic car that got here with a distinct package deal if Chevrolet had introduced this type of factor again in 1965. It’s as a result of its simplicity that there was such a lot buzz across the truck. Even if it isn’t tremendous wild, Tino’s C-10 has the best stability of mods to make it a success. ST

Particular thank you from the landlord: “I wish to thank Delmo and his proficient workforce for development a masterpiece; Eddie Franco for placing up with all my questions because the construct improved and my circle of relatives for his or her enhance.”

Editor’s Be aware: A model of this newsletter first gave the impression within the September 2016 print factor of Boulevard Vehicles.

The submit LaFawnda: Tino Garza’s 1965 C-10 gave the impression first on Boulevard Vehicles.

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