‘Olive Oil’ the Chevy C10
In the first edition of Liberty Bay Auto Center’s ‘Staff Rides’ we looked at Ranay’s outlandishly-Aegean-Blue 2018 Honda Civic SI, also known as “Susan.” We ooh’d and aah’d at the angular body style, the gorgeous wheel pairing, and the many small touches that made the ride unique to its owner. However, the four-wheeled artistry featured in this article is a far cry from that futuristically sporty import. Today we look at Sandy and Eric Ryen’s classic ride with a twist; a bagged olive green 1970 Chevrolet C10, aptly named “Olive Oil.”
By the good graces of his loving wife – also co-owner of this impressive machine – every Friday morning Eric walks by his daily-driver, a Lexus IS-300, gently pats the hood and whispers to it a gentle “see you later” – (at least, I imagine he does.) He continues toward his two-car shop as his thumb presses the garage door opener in his hand. The door lifts and a choir of angels sing to the reveal of the ever-patient Olive Oil, her frame perched just centimeters, if that, off of the cement shop floor.
There’s a lot to take in when this unique C-Series first catches your eye – starting with the color from which her name is derived. Just above the belt-line the white painted cab contrasts well with the green body – a stylistic choice that departs from the original one-tone color scheme – yet retains a perfectly classic look, if not even more-so. A quick downward glance and you’re met with a set of twenty and twenty-two inch Intro Twisted-Vista II rims – or about eighty-five percent of them anyway, as the upper-most of the rim’s profile sits perfectly tucked under the olive green fenders, a product of both excellent engineering by Porterbuilt (the aftermarket suspension manufacturer) and additional fabrication and installation by the truck’s original builder, David Rominger of Rominger Paint & Body in North Carolina.
PorterBuilt branding can be seen all over this machine; the value of which Eric was keen on from the get-go. “Everybody in the lowered & stance scene knows the PorterBuilt name,” Eric said. Aside from the things Rominger fabricated himself, every bit of modification to achieve the insanely low-look is PorterBuilt made, from the front crossmember to the entirety of the rear suspension – including perhaps what is my personal favorite as a fan of lowered cars, the replacement of the C/K Gen. 2 suspension’s traditional coil & leaf spring setup with a set of electronically controlled air-bags – providing the adjustable versatility of a raised ride while driving, and the ability to follow the first rule of bagged-life: “There’s no excuse not to air-out when parked.”
With the turn of the ignition the Camaro-swapped, fuel-injected, LT1 350 rumbles to life. The flip of a switch – and twin air compressors begin to sing. In a few short moments, Olive Oil will be ready to rise into the air for the drive to work. It’s a necessary step, as getting out of his driveway, or into Liberty Bay’s parking lot for that matter, would prove impossible without a broken underside component. Ah, to live the lowered life.
As impressive as the exterior look of this truck is, it’s absolutely worth noting the interior is largely original and remains incredibly well styled, holding up it’s classic look and appeal well into its fiftieth year of life. The original dash-board – color matched to the body – shows virtually no cracks or signs of age. Closer inspection of the interior and I made the observation that the seat seemed almost too pristine. It was then revealed to me that this item had been redone during the build/restoration process.
As a blogger I love being able to make a personal connection to the subject I’m writing about. Automotive blogging provides plenty of opportunities for me to write my passions, which I enjoy quite a bit. Having said that, I’m very enthusiastic to be writing an article featuring a bagged vehicle because I just purchased a ‘87 Mazda B2200 for that exact trait. Talking to Eric in-depth about his truck not only provided readers with some cool info about a uniquely amazing ride – but also provided myself with some valuable insight into the components of the air-suspension system and the framework that goes into allowing these custom trucks to go so low.