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Copperhead

1967 Chevy c10

Ol' Smoke

Wicked Willys

Of course the key to doing a project like this is to pick a vehicle that is popular, and has a lot of aftermarket support to help you out. The 67 - 72 GM trucks are without a doubt one of the most popular body styles of truck ever made, and the aftermarket has stepped up to produce almost every piece you can imagine for them, both stock and custom. Copperhead proves that with just a cab, frame and title (what I started with) you can put a killer truck together just the way you've always wanted on a budget you can live with, using nos, reproduction and aftermarket parts. This also gave me the opportunity to show viewers how to plan the direction of their project and follow it through to the end.

A lot of people ask where the name "Copperhead" came from. Well, the answer is in the direction I chose to take this project. The direction of the copperhead buildup was simple - to build a blindingly fast street truck that looked all nice and smooth and slick on the outside, like a show truck.

 

However, it also needed to be reliable enough to drive every day. And it should give no warning to those around just how lethal it really is under the skin. The actual copperhead snake was my model for this because it looks really cool, it's very dangerous, and it has no rattles to warn you it's about to nail ya! Yeah - we're talking the ultimate sleeper here!

I kept body mods to a minimum, just the drip rails were shaved off the cab because these 67-72 GM trucks have such great lines. A special orange "copperhead metallic" custom color was created, and a lot of chrome and polish was used for the "show" effect. Under the hood is not only lethal, but a piece of history. It's the very first, pre- production, GM Performance ZZ572 crate engine - packin' 620hp. Add to that a 150hp nitrous system, dual exhaust cutouts, overdrive and then hide it all in the console, and you have one sneaky snake!

SPECIFICATIONS

Original Manufacturer Specifications

By 1967, a new look came, along with the nickname "Action Line."

The only year with the "small rear window"

Engine: (2 options) 250 Straight-6 or 283cu in V8

Wheelbase: 115 in (shortbox) 127 in (longbox)

Length: 188.5 in (shortbox) 207.75 in (longbox)

Body: Sheet metal to fight rust

Transmission: 3spd Manual (Optional 4spd)

Original MSRP: $2,221

Average Retail: $18,400

PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5

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PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5
PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5
PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5
PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5
PAINT CODE
COPPERHEAD METALLIC (1 Quart Formula)
Credit: Custom color created by Stacey David & Ron Payton of PPG
Source: Paint & Bodywork by Kevin Tetz; additional Paint & Bodywork by Malcolm Pritchett
CODE COLOR CUM PARTS
DMD1698 Medium Aluminum 467.9 467.9
DMD1610 Transparent Red 809.0 341.1
DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum 879.0 70.0
DMD1606 Perrindo Maroon 918.4 39.4
DMD648 Weak Black 949.0 30.6
DMD646 Weak White 970.9 21.9
DMD622 Red Oxide 975.3 4.4
DBX1689 Basecoat Binder 1027.8 52.5