One of Fernando Arroyo’s favorite childhood activities was building model cars, but the hobby only furthered his dream of one day building a real car to call his own. This dream became a reality for the older Fernando, as he finally decided to get himself some American metal after running his Honda into a plastic bin, which left more damage on the Honda than the bin!
His interest in the late ’60s C10s came when he saw a guy in town fixing up a step side. His friend, Omar Mireles, led him to the ’69 C10 you see in these pages before you. “The truck needed a full restoration,” explained Fernando. The eager builder parked the truck in his parents’ backyard and started working on it. “At the time, we didn’t have a tool box, so I gathered all my dad’s tools and placed them in one of my mom’s basket,” laughs Fernando. “I kept buying tools as I went along, and I was eventually able to buy my own toolbox.”
Before his parents knew it, Fernando had truck parts all over their backyard and their grass had stopped growing due to all the excess sand from him sandblasting the parts he was working on. Once he had the truck put together, he added a 350 and dressed it up with paint and chrome parts. The truck was then sent out for paint and a couple of years and different painters later, he finally got it back. That glorious day came and it was time for Fernando to fire up his dream ride and take it for a spin, but there was one problem; he ended up with a bunch of white smoke coming out of the engine compartment. “Water had leaked into the motor. I started looking for an LS engine because I was tired of the problems that came with the older engine.” After modernizing his power plant, Fernando’s dream truck finally came together the way he had dreamed of since he was a child.
“I would like to thank God, my parents for allowing me to mess up their backyard, and my wife for putting up with me spending money on my truck and for giving us our two wonderful kids that mean everything to me. I’ll make sure that when they are ready to build their own projects that they don’t have to start off with a basket of tools—they will have a whole tool box all for themselves.”
Owner: Fernando Arroyo
Vehicle: 1969 Chevy C10
City/State: Livingston, CA
Engine: Frank Niebla of Turlock, CA, installed the 2004 6.0 LS, 4L60E transmission, Optima red top, Vintage Air A/C, Painless Performance wire harness
Body/Paint: Manuel Mendoza from Livingston, CA, painted the truck with a special DuPont mix called “Trouble Minded blue.”
Interior: Dolphin gauges, Billet Specialties clusters and Castillo’s Upholstery in Modesto, CA, reupholstered the seats.
Sound System: Fernando installed an Alpine stereo deck, Zapco PX equalizer, three Zapco AG’s running JL Audio highs and two L7 8-inch subwoofers.
Setup: CPP front disk brakes, CPP shock relocators, Mclaffly lowering springs, Summit gas tank and Jegs Nitro Drop 2 shocks