Welcome to our first feature here at C10 Source, we figure we’d kick the tires and light the fires with a radical, road rally inspired pickup. Enter the Cannonball C10, a ground pounding, tire burning, 630hp square body built to conquer the open road and the track. Don’t be fooled by the ’79 Chevy Sport paint scheme either, a pro-touring performance chassis and modern powertrain reside under those retro graphics. Mikey Maysmith, owner of the Cannonball C10 credits his high school square body blazer and a forum thread on what it would take to build a modern day rally pickup as the guiding force behind the five year build. It took two years of planning and three more to actually build the truck. The end result is a truly unique C10 and shows what can be achieved with a little vision and hard work.
Building a C10 is no different than that of a hot rod or muscle car build. First, you need a truck, usually a driver, one that’s weathered and a bit rough around the edges. In the case of the Cannonball C10, that truck was a 1974 Chevrolet C10 with a short fleet bed, stock chassis and a crate 350. After receiving the title and spending numerous hours on the forum, the decision was made to create a modern pickup capable of competing in road rally races like the Gumball. Secondly, help. Mikey enlisted the talented hands of Wes at One Off Customs to help complete the truck.
Who does one call for the ultimate C10 pro-touring chassis? You call the Roadster Shop and order a Fast Track C10 Chassis. Options like C5 based IFS, Penske coilovers, a 4-bar rear setup, and a 9″ housing come standard, but Mikey opted to outfit the chassis with Wilwood Superlite brakes, and a custom stainless fuel tank from Ricks Tanks that was fitted with a ZL1 pump and a PressureWorx PWM pump management system. Finishing off the rolling chassis is set of 19″ x 12″ Forgeline RB3C Concave wheels wrapped in Michelin 345/30R/19 Pilot Super Sport rubber. LS motor mounts were also ordered, to keep the LS3 from ripping through the hood.
Speaking of the LS3, the Cannonball C10 gets it’s power from a Mast Motorsports 416ci stroker complete with MAST Black Label heads and custom cam grind. Fueling the 630hp beast is a FAST 102 intake equipped with NW102 throttle body monitored by a Holley Dominator engine management system. In keeping with the road rally theme, the stroker is backed by a Tremec 6-speed and custom driveline from The Driveline Shop.
On the inside of the Cannonball C10 it feels much more like a European sports cars that it does a ’74 Chevy truck. The bench seat was custom made from aluminum (to save weight), then beautifully wrapped in Tan Ferrari leather with Porsche Madras Brown Tartan Inserts by Finish Line Interiors. The dash, door panels along with much of the trim was also wrapped in leather. A Dark Saddle carpet from ACC finished off the floors. A Dakota Digital VHX insert with custom faces monitors engine vitals and a 14″ GM Comfort Grip steering wheel for control. For added rigidity and safety, Wes built a “Tiger Cage” inspired roll-cage using 304 stainless which doubles as the mount for the RJS Racer Supply 4-point belts. To kick up the cool factor another notch, Mikey designed and printed a “Cannonball C10” badge for the dash.
CANNONBALL C10 SPECS.
Vehicle: 1974 Chevrolet C10
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Chassis: Roadster Shop FastTrack Chassis
Rearend: Strange Engineering ProIron 9″ w/4.10 gearset
Fuel Tank: Custom Vaporworx Tank by Rick’s Tanks.
Fuel Pump: Camaro ZL1 pump
Fuel Management: PressureWorx PWM Pump Management System
Front Suspension: Roadster Shop FastTrack IFS w/Penske Coilovers
Rear Suspension: Parallel 4-bar w/ Penske Coilovers
Spindles: C6 Corvette
Front Brakes: Wilwood Superlight 6 piston w/ 14 inch rotors
Rear Brakes: Wilwood Superlight 4 piston w/ 13 inch rotors
Master Cylinder(s): Individual Wilwood M/C’s Front/Rear/Clutch
Wheels: Forgeline 19″ x 12″ RB3C Concave
Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport 345/30R19
Engine: Mast Motorsports LS3 Stroker
Displacement: 416 ci
Engine Management: Holley Dominator
Intake: FAST LSXr 102
Transmission: Tremec TR6060 “road race” geared 6-speed
Clutch: Lingenfelter ZR1 Clutch Kit
Driveshaft: Custom built by The Driveshaft Shop
Material: Ferrari Tan Leather/Porsche Madras Brown Tartan Inserts
Seat: Custom built w/aluminum frame
Carpet: ACC Carpet Kit – Dark Saddle
Dashboard: Dakota Digital VHX w/custom faces
Steering Wheel: GM Comfort Grip 14″
Belts: RJS Racer Supply – 4 point “street racer” special
Cage: Custom built “Tiger Cage” inspired 304 stainless cage
Hood: US Body Source modified to resemble factory 74-77
Grille: Stock ’74
Bed: Stock Side Panels w/modified bed floor & frenched fuel door
Fenders: Fiberglass replicas from late ’70s by Fiberglass Trends
Color: PPG GM Frost White
Graphics: Vinyl wrap, interpretation of ’79 Chevy Sport color scheme.
FROM THE OWNER:
Under the hood, it’s all business. A black firewall, houses triple Wilwood master cylinders and a cool A/C bulkhead system from II Much Fab. Finish on the 416ci stroker is clean and simple, no chrome and a few anodized parts. The intake tube is Jet-Hot coated the same matte gold as the wheels and is just enough to tie everything together. Wes’s handy work can be see under the hood too, with the custom built aluminum radiator support.
While the exterior of the truck looks stock, many body mods were performed to achieve a 50/50 weight distribution. For instance, the hood is a custom fiberglass piece from US Body Source. Fiberglass front fenders have been massaged to fit perfectly and the entire body was prepped and sprayed with GM Frost White from PPG before being complete wrapped in vinyl by NL Wraps along with the stock bumpers. The bed of the Cannonball C10 uses stock side panels, a modified bed floor that’s been finished with spray-on bedliner and features a frenched fuel door and both fuel & differential vents from II Much Fab. For easy access in the event of a dead battery, a set of auxiliary jumper posts have been install into the passenger side bed panel.
Building these old trucks takes time, patience, and lots and lots of elbow grease. They don’t get finished over night or in thirty minutes like they do on television. But if you’re passionate, have a little vision and a hard work ethic, anything is possible. Just look what Mikey, with the help of Wes at One Off Customs was able to create. A super cool, tire burning, road rally inspired pickup. Who’d a thought you’d ever see a Cannonball C10. Well done! Can’t wait to see what the future brings.