The FFC10, like most old tucks, has an interesting story behind it. Originally a U.S. built truck, the ’68 C10 was imported into Canada by a welder from BC with a vision to build a slammed, LS powered pickup. The process took just seven months to complete, every panel was massaged, every nut and bolt cleaned, painted or replaced. After Dragn247 got his fill, the truck went up for sale on Ebay, where it didn’t sell, but caught the eye of a it’s future owner. A simple phone call, a short flight to Canada, a test drive, an offer and a handshake later, the truck was sold.
Getting the FFC10 home is another story in itself. Not only was the truck in Canada, it was on Vancouver Island off the coast of BC, and had to embark on a ferry ride to Tsawwassen Terminal before being loaded on a transport headed to it’s new home in California’s Central Valley.
The FFC10, an acronym for “Fire Fighter C10” that current owner and fire fighter Matt Sowell came up with is a 1968 Chevrolet Custom C10 that started out as a running, two-wheel drive longbed pickup. Since the vision for this frame-off home build involved a short wheelbase truck, the longbed chassis was swapped out for it’s shorter cousin. To ensure the perfect stance, Dragn247, a welder by trade, pancaked the front crossmember, built a tubular inner frame structure, and custom c-notches to lay the truck out when the Firestone airbags were deflated. Controlling the altitude of the FFC10 is of course, e-Level from Accuair.
The front suspension of the truck consists of 2″ drop spindles, factory upper control arms with cupped lowers, and a manual rack & pinion that mounts to the pancaked crossmember. Out back, a custom two link setup smooths out the bumps. Stopping power is provided via a disc/drum power brake kit from CPP. Finishing off the rolling chassis is a set of Boss 338 wheels; 20″ x 8.5″ up front and 22″ x 9.5″ in the rear, all wrapped in Lexani LX-Nine rubber.
While the body panels on the FFC10 remain mostly stock, the powertrain is a different story. A turbo ready 430hp, street friendly 5.3L LS engine with Brian Tooley Stage 2 Cam and Modern Vintage Systems wiring harness replaces the ole carbureted 350. Shifting is controlled by the 4L60E transmission and a two piece driveline ensures power reaches the tires via the 3:73 12-bolt posi.
Owner: Matt Sowell
Vehicle: 1968 Chevrolet C10
Hometown: Riverbank, CA
Rearend: GM 12-Bolt w/3:73 posi
C-Notch: Custom Built
Front Suspension: Pancaked Crossmember w/Airbags
Rear Suspension: Custom Cantilever System w/Airbags
Airbags: Firestone 2600
Air Management: Accuair e-Level
Compressors: Dual Viar 400C
Tanks: Single 5 Gallon
Spindles: 2″ Drop Spindles
Front Brakes: Stock GM Disc Brakes
Rear Brakes: Stock Drum Brakes
Master Cylinder(s): CPP Disc/Drum
Wheels: Boss 338, Front- 20 x 8.5, Rear- 22 x 9.5
Tires: Lexani LX-Nine, Front- 235/35/20, Rear- 295/35/22
Engine: 5.3L LS
Engine Management: Factory ECU w/Modern Vintage Harness
Intake: Vibrant Performance
Driveshaft: Custom Two-Piece
Exhaust: Custom w/Stainless tips
Flooring: Rubber Mat
Dashboard: Dakota Digital VHX
Steering Wheel: Stock
Belts: Stock Lap Belts
Speakers: Dual 6×9’s w/tweeters in each Kick Panel
Subwoofers: 2- 10″ Pioneer Subs
Amplifier: Rockford Fosgate Prime
Headunit: Factory radio w/Pioneer Headunit in Glovebox
Grille: Stock ’68
Bed: Stock w/Custom Bed Floor & Hidden Hinges
Color: Stock 507 Light Blue
The interior style of the FFC10 remains mostly stock with a few cool exceptions. First off, the gauge cluster received a Dakota Digital VHX upgrade, which looks close to stock, but performs light years ahead of the factory unit. Secondly, the stereo, which rivals that of the best theatre sound. Audio Pros in Modesto, CA built a system including a custom box behind the seat that houses two 10″ Pioneer subs, a huge Rockford Fosgate Prime amp, and a L.E.D. backlit Chevy Bowtie. Dual 6×9’s and tweeters have been installed into each kick panel. Last but not least, is the clever mounting of the e-Level controller and the BlueTooth receiver into the factory ash tray. The beauty of the interior is that the modern features don’t interfere with the original styling, which most C10 enthusiasts just love.
On the outside, the FFC10 rocks! The combination of old and new doesn’t get any better. The truck has door handles, all the trim, the emblems, even the park lamps. What’s new is so subtle, you can miss it. For instance the side exhaust by No Limit Customs is clean and perfectly placed, the tilt up bed floor and hidden latch doesn’t even look like it opens, and most overlook that the entire bed floor is raised. GM nailed the exterior on these trucks, you don’t need to change much, if anything and the FFC10 proves that.
In today’s C10 world, you can buy just about everything online one would need to build their truck, which is great, but it’s a relief some still prefer to build and fabricate these trucks themselves at home. The way we had to, before so many bolt on products became available. The FFC10 is a great example of what can be accomplished at home with limited resources. The FFC10, one of our favorites and who knows, may be one day Matt will sell it to us. Haha!