The Summer of George
In two years, Phill Cann took a truck he purchased sight unseen from Mississippi off the trailer and onto these pages. There are dings, dents, and lots of blemishes, but this truck strikes a chord with those who see it. It is indeed a reflection of Phill, and I am excited to tell everyone how it came to be. Phill is a unique and talented man. Why? Well, because unlike a lot of people, he is not afraid to try his hand at difficult tasks. Painting? He'll have a go. Fabrication? Add it to the list. This Chevy C10 is the culmination of his do it yourself attitude. From the ground up. Every ounce of effort he could muster has been used to refine his medium. Phill is not a mechanic, he is a self-proclaimed "Desk Jockey." A once Volkswagen kid, a once unfortunate Subaru kid wading in the asphalt sea. For years he messed about with different vehicles. At the time, he had yet to tackle anything significant on his daily driven projects. As most of us do, he would enjoy the cars but, more importantly, the comradery and culture that came with the scene. At a local meet, he had seen a Chevy S10 roll into the parking lot dragging frame and, ultimately, hard parking like a boss. It was at this moment that Phill Cann became a truck guy. Whether it was the long lines of the truck, the sleek look, or the functional dragging, something turned his interest into luster. Not long after that, Phill took to eBay to take a gamble on a 1968 Chevy C10 from Mississippi. What seemed like months was only a few weeks. Day after day, he would wait for his new to him old chariot to arrive. One day it finally did. Rough around the edges and at the time closer to a farm truck than the motor swapped looker you see here. It didn't matter; Phill could see what this truck's future would hold. Fortunately, Phill had a great spot to tear down the C10 and begin the build process. He happened to ask his boss if some unused space could be utilized to work on the truck. Little did his boss know that when he said work on the truck, he meant full disassembly and frame-up rebuild. Nonetheless, the location was his to use. Things didn't happen overnight, but Phill had a plan. He already envisioned the truck before diving into it. "Chevy nailed this design, I wouldn't change a thing, leave the badges, don't shave anything, just lay it on the ground and make it fast." A simple approach, but the work still needed to be done. With the spot locked down and parts arriving, Phill bought a "mechanics toolset" and began the teardown. I asked Phill what the most challenging part about the build was, his response should serve as a reminder and advice for anyone about to take on a big project. "I had to not get frustrated, I had to not rush, it was a slow process, and I had to remind myself it was going to take time." Phil soaked in lots and lots of time. Nights, early morning starts on weekends. All can take a toll and add frustration to even the most seasoned builders. Sacrifice is a currency that any project requires, both the builders and their significant others sacrifice time. Phill is fortunate enough to have an understanding and supportive girlfriend. "She gets that it's my passion, I am a lucky guy," said Phill about his girlfriend, Becca. Phill continued to plug away on his C10 project. With the help of his friend Ian, they churned out the work. Eventually, they hit some significant milestones on the project. One is the day the wheels and tires could be mounted. Finally, Phill could see all of the hard work paying off. Far from finished, but on the right path. The truck was pushed out into the sun, the bags deflated, and the C10 frame sat on the ground for the onlookers to see. The onlookers were a handful of Phill's friends. Those who had lost touch for some time seemed to channel their way back. Working on the C10 gave Phill and his friends a reason to hang out. They could poke fun at Phill or just hang out and watch the C10 come together. The support would help keep him going, and his initial goal was going to be met. That goal? Get the C10 ready for H20. Though the C10 will never be considered done, it did get to its target. Burping coolant, almost overheating, and transmission slippage and all. The goal served as another milestone for the C10, drive it on the Ocean City Maryland strip and hang out with friends. A common theme for Phill. Whether or not you're into trucks, Phill Cann's project can speak volumes about car culture, community, and perseverance. It shows that you can learn if you apply yourself. Sure, frustration will set in, but you'll work past it. That, coupled with the friendships and good times that cars and trucks can bring, is why I love them. It is something I wish more people could understand. It is something that Phill Cann and his truck display each and every time the C10 comes out.