“Fenced In” C10 – Dave Gonzales’ ’66 Chevy from Lakeside Rods and Rides
When you have a good thing going, it makes sense to keep doing what you’re doing. Dave Gonzales proves that point with his latest custom ride – a ’66 Chevy C10 pickup.
Several years ago, Dave partnered with Roger Burman at Lakeside Rods and Rides to produce a stunning ’35 Ford coupe that became the Goodguys 2020 Street Rod D’Elegance winner. Dave owns Burman-built vehicles and always liked the “Unruly” ’66 C10 Lakeside had built for Randy Marston, which won Goodguys Truck of the Year Late in 2017. So, he asked Roger to find a ’66 to build one for him and the stunning custom you see here is the result.
Custom touches abound on the body, beginning with the heavily reworked hood. The stock piece stretched from the cowl to the front and wrapped halfway down the sides of the front fenders. On Dave’s truck, most of the hood is molded into the cowl and fenders, with a narrower opening that reveals an engine bay full of custom-formed metal panels surrounding a well-detailed LS3 V8.
Other body changes include a one-off tailgate and custom bed that includes wider wheel tubs, a smooth floor, and trick storage compartments under the front floor. The fuel filler is hidden behind a taillight, while all original badging was shaved. Lakeside’s team prepped and painted the truck Ford Ranger Saber using PPG materials, while a blacked-out roof and brushed finish on the trim and custom bumpers add contrast.
The slammed body rests on a Roadster Shop SPEC chassis fitted with front and rear air suspension and Baer 14-inch disc brakes. Billet Specialties 20×8.5- and 22×12-inch wheels are wrapped in Michelin rubber.
The 6.3-litre LS3 engine produces 430 horsepower and is outfitted with valve covers and an accessory drive system from Billet Specialties and cooled by a PRC radiator. Waste gases exit through Ultimate Headers and custom exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. A 4L65E transmission handles shifting chores.
The highly customized interior is the work of Dan Weber at Weber’s Custom Interiors. The dash houses Dakota Digital gauges as well as Vintage Air outlets and a digital display screen. A console from a Chevy Silverado houses the shifter, cup holders, and various controls. Dodge Intrepid seats are covered in two tone brown leather with gray and red accents. Hydro-dipped woodgrain accents enhance the dash and console and a Billet Specialties steering wheel finishes things off.
The truck was named “Fenced In” as a nod to Dave, who owns a fencing company, and you’ll find repeating chained-link design details from the engine compartment to the tailgate. Dave loves it and says he wouldn’t change a thing, and we can see why.
Photos by John Jackson