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Originally purchased by Donny’s father, the 1965 Chevy became a member of the family in 1968, when he was just seven years old. The C10 was first rebuilt in 1977, when Donny’s father gave his son a present which all teenagers hope for on their 16th birthday: a set of wheels to cruise in. The truck served as Donny’s faithful daily driver throughout high school and college. When Donny purchased a newer vehicle after college for the sake of practicality, the truck returned home and continued to serve the Johnson family as a weekend cruiser and family heirloom.

It was placed into storage for a short time until Donny could readdress the truck, receiving a second rebuild in 1989. The refreshment brought with it a number of customizations and personal upgrades, further increasing its sentimental value to both Donny and his family. Through highs and lows, thick and thin, one constant for Johnson family could fall back on was the classic Chevrolet pickup that seemed to run on their family blood.

Slam’d Specs

Owner: Donny Johnson
Vehicle: 1965 Chevy C10 StepsideTruck
Home Town: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Front: 19×8-inch Intro V-Rods with brushed satin finish
Rear: 20×9-inch Intro V-Rods with brushed satin finish
Tires: 235/35/R19 (front) and 275/35/R20 (rear) Nitto 555s

Master Power (MP) Pro Driver Series four-piston discs with billet aluminum calipers and 14-inch rotors

Ridetech Air Level 2 RidePro fully programmable electronic control system
Ridetech control arms
Ridetech air shocks
Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.73 gears
Performed By: A1 Auto Body of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Smoothed hood cowl vent
Smoothed front fenders around headlights
Custom hood and door latches
Custom fabricated inner fenders
Smoothed firewall sides
Smoothed welds on the cab drip rails
Swing tailgate with custom hinge and latch
Rounded bed rails
’37 Ford taillights fabricated into bed rail posts
Curly maple bed floor
Upside-down rear bumper with custom spacer
Performed by: A1 Auto Body and Jeff Holloway
Painted Dupont Quicksand (Toyota FJ Cruiser color)
Pinstriped engine covers and “The Buff” cleaning supply kit by The Wizard of Tulsa
Painted by: A1 Auto Body

Glide Engineering seat frame
Custom cinnamon brown leather bench seat
Leather door and kick panels
Leather headliner insert
Leather panel behind seat with custom briefcase storage
Original dash with custom modifications and cellphone slots
Classic Instruments All American Tradition 6 Series gauges
Daytona Bronze carpet
Performed by: JS Custom Interiors of Salt Lake City
Kenwood DNN992 Network AV navigation system with Bluetooth, HD radio, rear backup camera, Garmin navigation, built-in WiFi, Verizon 4G with internet browsing, Facebook and Twitter capabilities, DVD and CD playback
Stereo system performed by: Mobile Concepts of Tulsa


Chevrolet Performance 427ci LS7; 505 hp
Electronic fuel injection
Custom dry sump system
Custom radiator with dual 12-inch electric fans, custom front support bracket and cover
Street Performance cast chrome headers
Custom exhaust manifolds
Magnaflow 2 ½-inch exhaust
4L70E automatic transmission
Performed by: A1 Auto Body

Photos: Lindsey Fisher | Words: Michael Phillips

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