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Featured Member of the Week: darrelld

Road TripPlease tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m 43 years old, married with 2 kids, my son is 18 and daughter is 9.  I grew up in El Segundo Ca.  At 18 I joined the Army and currently have spent the last 23 years serving our great nation. I became interested in older cars and hot rods because of my Dad who owns a 1932 Ford Vicky, a 1961 Chrysler Ghia and the 1970 C10 which I currently own now. My father and I went to many car shows and to this day I have shared my love of classic cars with my kids. My first car was a 1977 Chevy Step-side truck with a 454.  I have always been drawn to the 1960-1970’s model Chevy trucks. My son grew up with a passion for the classic rides as well so I picked up a ‘77 GMC Step-side truck for his 1st project. I’m currently living in Georgia and take our “70” truck to as many local shows that we can. We love to be able to get out and show the truck and meet people.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

I first heard about Cool Rides on Facebook. I saw an ad show up on my page and have been following you guys ever since.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

My major Cool Ride would be “Pinky” the 1970 C-10, our other rides are a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, my wife’s 2012 Mini Cooper S and my sons project 1977 GMC stepside.

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

My Cool Ride is our 1970 Chevy C10 pickup. It’s special to me because it belonged to my father who I’m very close too, due to all my moving around and deployments with the Army I don’t get to spend much time with him so this ride makes me feel that there is always a part of him with me. We nicknamed her “Pinky” because of the House of Kolor magenta paint, Lol. With the paint is some cool flame work on the hood and along the length of the truck.  The truck has been chopped 3″ and a 3rd brake light molded into the roof.  The front grille assembly has been pieced together from a section of a 1954 Chevy Bel Air with extra teeth installed and the headlight bezels were molded from a 1976 Chrysler Cordoba. The front bumper was molded in and the rear was replaced with a roll pan. The tailgate was welded shut and louvered, Cadillac taillights were installed as well as a Cady license plate box molded into the tailgate. The truck gets its stance from an air ride suspension and 18″ Foose rims on Nitto tires. Powered by a slightly built up 350 small block and 350 trans for cruising. The interior is very clean with electric seats and windows.

What’s next for your Cool Ride?  Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

My next area is to do a slight upgrade in the interior with a better stereo/navigation system. Then pay some extra attention to the engine bay.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

I seem to have a hard time finding newer aftermarket items to fit my ‘70, like I’m trying to find a set of LED sequential Cady taillights but it seems like I may have to fabricate those myself.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

The first time I let my son drive the truck around town and all the looks we got from other drivers and also entering into a local show and taking the Best of Show Truck trophy home.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

That’s a tuff one, I like and love so many classics and a few exotics as well that I cant limit myself to just one dream car. My first cars would be my father’s rides after that I would have to say an old Model A pickup, an old COE hauler to load my car on for shows, this may sound crazy but a Delorean , I like the Chevy SSR trucks and maybe some exotic car.

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

No special tips or brands of cleaners.  If anyone has any tips for me please let me know Lol.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I really like checking out everyone’s awesome Cool Rides and I hope others will appreciate my ride.

Thanks to Darrell for sharing with us his 1970 Chevy C-10.  What do you think of “Pinky”?

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