’68 C10 Chevy Pickup

Our 1968 C10 Chevrolet Pickup Truck is being given new life by the next generation of the automotive world. This build got its start when our neighbor from DMK Garage donated this pickup to become our first project build. Its first home was Automotive High School in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where the students began this frame off restoration. The truck was disassembled, and mechanical systems including the suspension, braking, steering and engine were rebuilt. The project is now at Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica Queens where the bodywork portion of this build is being completed. Take a look at the photos below to see the transformation of this important pickup unfold.

The Thomas Edison HS Pit Crew continued to work through the spring on mechanical aspects of the build, especially rebuilding the transmission. The already rebuilt engine was also taken out of storage and brought to Thomas Edison to be mounted back into the truck frame.
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Our truck cab was in need a of a new floor, which we had on hand thanks to a donation from LMC Truck. But this work required expert intervention, and Marshall from High Velocity Auto Body in Inwood, NY stepped up to help. Thanks to his donation of time and skill our truck floor is now welded in place!
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Body work continues with dent repair and detailed sandblasting of the cab in December 2017
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Students learn how to prepare the wood bed components and discuss the final truck paint color in the Fall of 2017
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Students work to remove the remaining paint from the cab, and start repairing dents on June 7, 2017
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Mechanical work including continuing to assemble the transmission and brake line installation is done in Spring 2017
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In order to focus on the body work our truck was brought to Thomas Edison Career and Technical H.S., here are photos from the truck arrival on March 8, 2017
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Students begin work on the transmission by learning how to use the drill press to assemble parts on April 20, 2016
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Premier Restorations Enterprises invited The Pit Crew to tour their shop and learn about body work, hand fabrication and what it takes to be successful in the automotive field on March 22, 2016.
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Welding and repair of body pieces, as well as more work on the engine components was done in the Fall and Winter of 2015/16.
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The Pit Crew worked to assemble the body of the C10, and continue work on the drive train in the Spring of 2015.
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The students learn new welding and body work skills under the guidance of Vinny from Vintage Autobody on February 26, 2015
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The wood bed is stained and the parts laid out while work continues on the engine and cab on February 19, 2015
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The Pit Crew has a happy holiday with donated parts from the Queens Classic Car Club on December 9, 2014
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Students work on the engine and lay out the new Magnaflow exhaust system in October 2014
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Students receive new body components donated by LMC Truck and get the chassis rolling in September 2014
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Students start work on the suspension with parts donated by Classic Performance Products on June 11, 2014
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Truck progress continues as students position the rear, prep and paint the drive shaft and look for needed parts on May 29, 2014
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Engine work continues with new heads donated by Edelbrock on March 26, 2014
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Body components come back from media blasting and the Pit Crew checks out the result on March 6, 2014
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Work on the engine continues, here the students work on the crankshaft and other engine components on January 11, 2014
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A new heavy duty transmission is donated for the build, here the students get it ready for rebuilding and have some fun in the truck cab on November 25, 2013
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The students work on the engine and open boxes of parts donated by Summit Racing on October 9, 2013
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Students visit XXL Auto Body and learn how to apply LINE-X Protective Coating to the truck frame on May 16, 2013
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LINE-X and XXL Auto Body generously donated a LINE-X Protective Coating Application for our frame. In these photos the students meet Keith from XXL as he picks up the frame on May 13, 2013.
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The Pit Crew voted to replace the straight-six engine with a 350 small block to give the truck more horsepower. Here are photos of the new engine’s arrival on March 18, 2013.
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The truck is disassembled and work on prepping the frame and body for restoration begins, January 31, 2013
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The students are hard at work disassembling the project truck, getting it ready for restoration
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Photos from the first day of our truck restoration at Automotive High School in Brooklyn, NY, October 15, 2012
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