Country Music Star James Otto 1966 Chevy C10

Owner: James Otto

Vehicle Specs:


  • Frame: GM shortbed frame with Porterbuilt inner frame stiffener
  • Rearend / Ratio: Ford 9-inch with Detroit Truetrac limited slip / 3.89:1
  • Rear suspension: RideTech trailing arms, Panhard bar, antiroll bar, RideTech coilovers
  • Rear axles: Moser
  • Rear brakes: 14 1/2-inch discs, 4-piston Brembo calipers
  • Front suspension: tubular A-arms, CPP spindles, RideTech coilovers
  • Steering: Unisteer rack and pinion
  • Front brakes: 14 1/2-inch discs, 6-piston Brembo calipers, Wilwood master cylinder and proportioning valve
  • Front wheels: Forgeline concave RB3C 19×10
  • Rear wheels: Forgeline concave RB3C 19×12
  • Front tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport 295/30ZR19
  • Rear tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport 345/30ZRR19


  • Engine: 2003 Chevy 6.0-liter LQ4, bored 0.020-over, balanced and blueprinted
  • Compression: 10.5:1
  • Heads: stock LQ4 317
  • Coil covers: Holley
  • Intake: Holley
  • Fuel Injection: Holley HP EFI
  • Air cleaner: K&N
  • Alternator: Holley
  • Radiator: Eastwood
  • Fan: Eastwood
  • Headers: Gibson Exhaust Systems
  • Exhaust / Mufflers: MagnaFlow / MagnaFlow
  • Horsepower / Torque:
  • Transmission: Tremec Magnum T56
  • Clutch: Centerforce Performance Centerforce DYAD dual disc
  • Shifter: Finch Performance


  • Style: 1966 Chevy C10 pickup
  • Modifications: Filled and smoothed holes, converted to shortbed with replacement bedsides and tailgate, replacement front quarters
  • Hood: original with custom hot air extraction scoops
  • Grille: stock with stainless wire mesh insert
  • Bed floor: Bed Wood & Parts wormy maple, wheel tubs
  • Headlights / Taillights: Truck-Lite LED / LMC Truck LED
  • Door handles: Kindig-It Design
  • Bumpers: LMC Truck
  • Glass: LMC Truck
  • Paint type / Color: PPG Balloon White with PPG clear, Eastwood Meteor Gray, Axalta Hot Hues blue


  • Dashboard: factory, modified, aluminum insert
  • Gauges: Classic Instruments
  • Steering wheel: Budnik
  • Steering column: ididit tilt
  • Seats: TMI Products custom buckets
  • Seatbelts: RideTech harness
  • Door panels: TMI Products 1964-1966 Chevrolet C10
  • Kick panels and underdash panels: TriWorks Hot Rods
  • Material / color: vinyl / light gray, dark gray
  • Carpet / color: loop pile / gray
  • Sound system: Alpine ILX-007 receiver, Kicker amps, Kicker speakers and subwoofer
  • Air conditioning: Vintage Air
  • Wiring: American Autowire

About the '66 C10

“My grandfather, Pete Lee, bought this truck at a farm auction in the 1980s,” Otto told us. “I grew up driving it on our family farm in Finley, North Dakota, and riding back and forth to town with my Grandpa in it. He loved this truck, so it was pretty well cared for. When my Grandpa had to move off our family farm due to failing health, he gave the truck to me. At that point it had been sitting for a decade or more in an old barn.” - James Otto to Hot Rod Magazine.