Build Watch: C10 Custom Bed and Tail Light Fuel Filler

Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
 

Jamey Campise of Jeweled Up Junk (Facebook and Instagram) in Bakersfield, California is building a 1971 Chevrolet C10 for a customer.

Chevrolet C10 Shortened Tubbed Truck Bed

The project calls for shortening from long bed to short bed and tubbed wheel wells. Jamey’s shared some shots with us showing progress on the project…

Chevrolet C10 Shortened Tubbed Truck Bed
Jamey shortened the bed from long bed to short bed. 
Chevrolet C10 Shortened Tubbed Truck Bed
Welding up the shortened bed.
Chevrolet C10 Shortened Tubbed Truck Bed
Welding up the shortened bed.
Chevrolet C10 Shortened Tubbed Truck Bed
Chevrolet C10wheel tubs.

Hidden Tail Light Fuel Filler

As is common in Chevrolet C10 builds, fuel tank relocation was on the docket.

But Jamey wanted to do something other than a filler on the bed side or in the bed.

Jamey tells us:

After a lot of thought, I decided that I liked the way the ’57s were setup, and decided to shoot for it. There are kits available but they’re expensive, and since this is a budget build, I need to save wherever I can.

Figuring out the hinge was Jamey’s largest challenge, but in the end, he turned to a crunched Dodge Ram bed on hand that he salvaged the fuel filler door hinge mechanism from.

Fuel Filler Donor
Fuel Filler Donor
Fuel Filler Hinge
Fuel Filler Hinge. Spring loaded and stout.

Getting the right opening cut on the bottom so the light would land right led to a lot of trial and error — he trimmed and refit, moving the bezel up and down till it fit right.

I used a section of inner fender wheel wells as a cover for the hose because of the bead roll to match and followed through on the other side just to make uniform.

Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10

The current fuel filler neck and cap will be removed and a 2017 Chevrolet filler neck will be used, as this truck will also be undergoing an LS conversion.

Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10

Update…

Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a '71 Chevy C10
Tail Light Fuel Filler on a ’71 Chevy C10

Stay Tuned…

 
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