1973 Chevy C10 – Bucking the Odds
When Preston Folkestad started driving his great grandfather’s 1973 Chevy C10 truck to high school, he probably didn’t think that someday it would be displayed at the SEMA Show. And it was even more remote to think that Folkstad would be selected as one of the Top Forty in the Battle of the Builders while at the show. But that was what happened last fall in Las Vegas.
The truck sits on a No Limit Engineering front cross member with RideTech coilover shocks. It rolls nicely on 20” US Mag Wheels while Wilwood brakes put a stop to the orange and silver two-tone beauty. He installed a 700R4 automatic transmission to cruise the streets with ease. The interior was designed by Preston, after all, that’s what his college degree is in!
Folkestad estimated he spent about 160 hours on the body of the truck including block sanding it six times, after getting the gaps cleaned up. It seems that grandpa “Buck” was frugal and had melted roofing shingles onto the floorboards as a rust preventative, so Preston definitely had his work cut out for him. But Folkestad still had time to custom fabricate carbon fiber inner fenders and add the cowl hood, while shaving the side marker lights and drip rails.
Once it was nearing completion, the stance wasn’t quite right so he notched the frame allowing for a two inch rear drop. Now it sits and looks killer, especially with his father Bob’s custom bike resting in the bed!
None of the 12 Young Guns made the cut to the Top Twelve, but Preston’s C10 raised more than its fair share of eyebrows and rightfully so. Hot rodding is generational. So is work ethic. Preston Folkstead’s skills and his dedication prove that he was raised right. Welcome to our world young man!