Taking a pure side shot of the truck, allows the gap between the body and bed to show. Looks like it should break like a matchstick. Move about two feet rearward and the gap disappears.

What can you do when your budget is under $10,000 and you want a “Way Kool” pickup truck? The first thing to do is to talk to your dad, Steve Agnello, who happens to be an outstanding car builder as demonstrated by his blown 548 Dart engine in his 1966 Chevy II/Nova. His dad’s car was featured in Max Chevy about 5 years ago and Steve was willing to help his son in all phases of the build. But Joseph had to pay for everything. The good thing is that 21-year-old Joseph Agnello is a hard worker and maintains good grades in college.

After searching Craig’s List/NY Metro for about a month, they found a 1984 Chevy C-10 rear wheel drive. The good thing about buying this truck was that it had almost all the pieces attached, plus a custom 4/bar rear coil-over suspension. After they put the project in the basement, it became a winter project for Josef, Steve, and your humble Editor. A contractor himself, Steve built this large home, and as such he put a garage door and a sloped entrance into the basement. It leads into the woodworking shop in Steve’s house and, with the help of with dollies under each wheel, the truck was able to be easily moved inside, through another big 2-panel door, and into the large basement proper.

The work started in September of 2013, and by May of the next year, it was on the street and getting driven a lot. The original idea was to build it as a Rat Rod, but when the time came, Joseph and Steve couldn’t bring themselves to make it look nasty outside. Instead, Steve used plastic sheeting to create a makeshift paint booth right there int he basement and painted it matte dark-gray suede. The only panel on the truck that was covered in clear paint then buffed out to a shiny luster is the tailgate.

The captions under each photo will give you an idea of the work as it was built. It was a quick Project Truck build - seriously fast, as four months is really quick. It looks great and has enough beans to surprise even the most streetable tough guy. Once they got the body off the frame, they verified and rebuilt every component in the suspension that needed it, but before they did that they used a high-pressure spray washer to get the big chunks of dirt and goo off the car chassis.

Follow along, photographically.


This is what the body looked like when it was purchased. Not much rust except for the back lower corners of the cab. A great canvas to start with for a creative and innovative car builder.