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Old 08-07-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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'68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

Well, after a couple of years of collecting parts, developing a plan, changing the plan, and changing the plan again...I guess its time that I start a build thread. Bear with me, it will not be a super fast build, super high budget, or anything cutting edge, but I do think it will be FUN! The name "Vulgar Display of Power" has many meanings, but it is basically a reference to a traffic ticket I once received and the inherent "tire spinning" nature of a big block equipped truck, on normal street tires.

The story begins with me walking the aisles at Pate Swap Meet 2010 looking for anything interesting. I drove 300 miles with a load of parts and a Honda XR250 to sell, and ended up making a deal to trade the dirt bike for this truck...with a guy who lives 30 miles from me! This is what it looked like when I first saw it.



Here is the rendering that got my wheels turning many years ago (late 80s?) from Classic Trucks magazine, Radical Renderings. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have a 67-68 short stepper, at some point in my life!



My build plan has evolved over time from a simple, lowered driver to the current "COPO Concept", which I am basing around a 1967 427BB. It will be static dropped 4.5/6, and I will have multiple sets of tires and wheels to change the look up from time to time. Like everything I have ever built or owned, it will be driven!!
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T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

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Old 08-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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Re: '68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

After getting it home and spending several months trying to decide how far to take the build, a good friend and I blew it apart to begin doing the necessary rust repair.



We built some cab dollies, and went to work.



At the same time we cleaned and painted the frame to begin the suspension, brakes, etc...

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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: '68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

The main engine parts came from a couple of my good friend's BB parts stashes, and the rest are all new. Nothing radical, just a 10.5:1, closed chamber head, hydraulic flat tappet 427 big block. It is assembled and we should get to hear it roar in the next week or two.







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350/700R4
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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
4/6 drop


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Old 08-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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Re: '68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

One of the wheel ideas...



And the Craigslist find that made it possible...

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350/700R4
4/6 drop

1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
4/6 drop


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Old 08-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #5
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Good looking start
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:25 PM   #6
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Can't wait to see how it turns out. I'll follow along
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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I like the truck, the plans and the name...."Vulgar Display of Power"..... \m/
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:41 AM   #8
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So your a pantera fan huh?! right on!! And I love the idea! Keep the pics coming!
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:26 AM   #9
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Re: '68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

Love the big block ....Sighning on for this one
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:37 AM   #10
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Re: '68 COPO Concept - Vulgar Display of Power

Thanks for the encouragement guys. I have certainly been a Pantera fan for many years, but the truck name goes deeper than that. Before that album was even released, while in Daytona, FL during Bike Week, I was showing a buddy how to perform a "drag race style rolling burnout" on my Harley. I failed to notice the unmarked police car behind me and got a ticket for "Vulgar Display of Power". I had never heard of such a charge, but with that in mind, I think it fits this truck pretty well.

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Good looking start
I need to get my Boyd Welding fuel tank mounted and plumbed completely, then I will have a complete rolling chassis. More pics when thats done.

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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
4/6 drop


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Old 08-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #11
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Love it- I'd have framed the ticket!
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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Neat concept. I'm in for the build. Nice work
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LOVE the wheel and hubcap combo!
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Me too, I love the concept. Always liked the simple hot rod!
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:01 PM   #15
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350/700R4
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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
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49k Original miles
4/6 drop


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Nice looking start. Haha thats crazy about the ticket. Ready for you to get this dude together and hear it in person!
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Awesome project! If you EVER get ready to get rid of these '68 chrome caps, please let me know! My truck came with them, and its about the only I'm missing for it.
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Awesome project! If you EVER get ready to get rid of these '68 chrome caps, please let me know! My truck came with them, and its about the only I'm missing for it.
Thanks! It's funny about those chrome caps, I lucked up on them on Dallas Craigslist. I can't imagine that I will sell them, but if I do I will keep you in mind.
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1963 C10 Short Fleet
350/700R4
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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
4/6 drop


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Theirs nothing better than having a rolling chassis. I workes about 6 months to get that far. I am now at a stage where I can see the end.
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Please tell me about your wheels they r too kool.
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Tinkermc, The wheels shown above are just 15x8 factory style wheels w/factory '68 chrome c-10 hub caps. I have 15x7s for the front. Beyond these I have a set of truck rally wheels in the same sizes, and plans to get a set of billet 20s or 18/20s also. I like swapping wheels and tires to change the look of a vehicle occasionally.
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1963 C10 Short Fleet
350/700R4
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1967 Short Step
COPO concept w/427 BBC
T-400, 4/6 Drop, Buddy Buckets, etc...
Frame Off (In Progress)
I call it "Vulgar Display of Power"

1980 Silverado
Original paint
49k Original miles
4/6 drop


Check out my build thread here: http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...=1#post6209941

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Looks good!
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Can't wait to see this, great idea
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Subscribed.. love the ole Big Blocks.
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Going to be sweet. Love the Big Block.
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