Remember the much-loved Staples “Easy Button” commercial from 2005? We all like doing things the easy way. When it comes to building a custom C10 pickup, it is easier than ever to achieve a powerful, capable and comfortable result. Jesse Vaughn and the crew at Level 7 Motorsports applied this concept to “Capone”, an aggressive 1970 Chevrolet C10 pro-touring pickup.
With just three phone calls they were able to order up a 1000 horsepower Wegner Motorsports LS3, a Bowler T56 that can handle the torque, and a complete No-Limit Engineering Pro-Tech rolling chassis. With the “easy” part out of the way, Level 7 was free to focus on hand-crafting dozens of unique details and creating a custom-tailored driving experience for the truck’s owner.
“Now that it’s done, Capone rips! It’s an absolute blast to drive with more power than most supercars and refined idle quality to boot. The rest of us get to have fun studying the mix of flawless execution and weathered character.”
Starting with the truck’s sturdy foundation, No-Limit’s Pro-Tech Chassis features a “Fatbar” 4-link, tubular A-arms and rack and pinion steering. With body and bed mounts welded in place, this chassis is a bolt-on affair, and yup, it comes standard with precision-valved Ridetech HQ Series coilovers. Triple adjustable coilovers and air ride Shockwaves are available as well.
Level 7 Motorsports modified the wheel tubs to accommodate wide 345mm rear tires (315’s will fit using factory, unmodified tubs). The No-Limit Engineering chassis accepts a rear mount fuel cell, so Level 7 re-worked the bed to accommodate a custom fuel fill and vent system. The stock fuel-fill opening in the cab was covered with raw metal and exposed rivets — a styling cue that is carried through the rest of the truck.
Inside the cab, you’ll find an “all-business” environment. Sparco bucket seats hold the driver and passenger firmly in place. The steering wheel placement, pedal mount, and shifter location are all custom-fitted to the owner’s proportions and preferences. To make the pedal location work, Level 7 Motorsports built a racy looking heel-plate. Together with the bead-rolled aluminum door panels and Sparco steering wheel, the fab work screams race truck. However, with modern AC, insulation and hidden Bluetooth audio, looks are deceiving. The driving experience is quite comfortable. Level 7 Motorsports built a subtle chrome-moly harness bar to accept Sabelt racing harnesses and Safecraft quick-release fire extinguisher for safety.
If you have a million dollars lying around, there are a number of exotic supercars for sale with 1000 horsepower on tap. Too bad the owners of those cars don’t know how to turn a wrench. Hot rodders have access to crazy horsepower these days for a lot less coin. Wegner Motorsports has developed an LS3 topped by a 2.9 liter Whipple Supercharger. Fully dressed, this engine can cost around $30,000. That’s a pile of cash, but way cheaper than a Bugatti Veyron. Wegner, engineers everything to work together and idle like an engine with 300 horsepower.
The engine and drivetrain are detailed with custom metalwork including a smoothed firewall and underhood tin. Professional shops like Level 7 Motorsports earn their keep by engineering custom mounts throughout their builds. It’s a thoughtful process. Mounts for the radiator to the Wilwood master cylinders, AC, steering, and so much more are made to look factory-installed. Brakes are 14″ Wilwoods.
Gold-toned 19″x11″ and 19″x12″ Jongbloed wheels complement the patina’d code 504 Yellow-Green Poly paint nicely. The weathered look is set off by all-new trim, billet door handles and race car tow hooks. We think it’s a great look. The entire build took three and a half months. Easy button aside, the toughest part of building “Capone” had to be giving it back to the owner. After fully sorting the build, we’re sure Jesse put a few extra miles on the odometer — just to make sure everything was right — again.
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- No Limit Engineering Pro-Tech Chassis with Ridetech coilovers
- Wilwood 14″ Brakes, master cylinder, and pedal assembly
- Wegner Motorsports LS3 with Whipple Supercharger – Dyno’d 1003HP
- Bowler Performance Level 2 T56 Magnum 6 speed with “Night Stick” shift arm, 14″ lever, shift boot, and clutch reservoir
- Jongbloed Racing Wheels: 19″ x 11″ and 19″ x 12.5″
- Holley Dominator EFI with brushless 450 LPH fuel pump and 3.5″ touch screen
- Wizard cooling package with Spal 5000w brushless fans
- Antigravity Lithium Battery at 6lbs
- Sparco Seats and Steering Wheel
- Factory 1970 radio restored with AM/FM/Voice-activated Bluetooth
- Restomod Air A/C System
- Dakota Digital HDX Gauges – Custom built with a boost gauge
- Ringbrothers billet gauge bezel, hood hinges, door handles, and exterior mirror
- Full LED lighting
- II Much vent canisters for fuel tank and differential
- New trim, bumpers, seals, gaskets, etc.
- Billet tow hooks from and rear
- Level 7 Motorsports chrome-moly harness bar
- Level 7 Motorsports fire extinguisher mount
- Push button start
- Sabelt harnesses and door pulls