Mike Sweet’s King of the Sea 1966 Chevrolet C10; Poseidon
If any of you reading this post know me, you’re well aware of my serious love affair with trucks. I purchased my first 1964-1966 Chevrolet C10 at the age of 14. I saved money from my jobs of throwing hay bails, picking potatoes and working construction with my father. Living in the country and working construction, you spend a lot of time in a pick-up truck. Perhaps that’s why I feel at home in a single cab rolling down a country road with the morning sun warming my face. Whatever the reason, even at 14, I knew I didn’t want just any vehicle for my first set of wheels, I wanted something that was me. I wanted a truck! My experiences as a serial, 60’s era truck psycho have connected me to a lot of other truck junkies just like me. Despite our age, race, accent or where we hail from, we all share an insatiable love for our trucks. Our unwavering focus causes us a great deal of stress during our builds, but it’s the same element that creates our close friendships despite the amount of time we’ve known each other. This is exactly how I crossed paths with Mike Sweet and his C10, Poseidon.
Mike’s ’66 Fleet C10 before his resto.
I had been watching this guy (Mike) from Winston-Salem, NC on Instagram, @poseidonc10, building a really clean 1966 C10. In a lot of ways, it was the style of truck/build I originally set out to create when I built my 1964 c10 in 2014, so my interest was most definitely piqued. While attending the Tilly’s HD Suede and Chrome show over the summer when I noticed a c10 truck that looked very familiar to me. I immediately parked my C10 and went to investigate in an attempt to track down the owner/builder. As I crawl around on the hot pavement checking things out, Mike walks up and we start chatting. He’s standing in the beating sun with his wife when I tell him I know the truck as I have been following the build on Instagram. Hey, no matter who you are, that’s an awesome moment! When you’ve been laboring over something and someone tells you they’ve been following along and are so excited to finally see it in person… That’s called winning, folks!
I was unaware at the time, but this show was the first time Mike had taken the build out on the open road for an extended period of time. Since that show, Mike has spent almost as much money on gas as he spent on his Accuair E-Level suspension. I love when a person builds a beautiful hunk of rolling art, and then drives the hell out of it! That’s 100% what Mike does in Poseidon. His 283 bored .30 over mated to a Muncie 4 speed, 12 bolt rear with 3.73 gears and power disc brakes up front is the perfect recipe. I could ramble on for several more paragraphs about all the things I love about Mike’s C10, but it’s time for his story and some killer pictures of this beautiful truck. Congrats, Mike! The truck is out of sight!
Follow Mike on IG for amazing snaps of this killer build: @Poseidonc10
I’ve always been into cars and trucks, but I wasn’t really searching for my c10 when I found it. It kind of just happened. I was pulling out of my driveway one morning heading to work when my headlights found the truck. I had never noticed it before, I had to stop in to ask about it. The guy had owned it for over 28yrs (longer than I had been alive at the time) and had been collecting parts for it ever since. I talked to the guy about it for a few weeks and finally came to agreement on a price. We brought it home on September 1, 2015 and within a day had it running, but then completely tore it down for a full, frame-off restoration. It took us a full 2 years, but we finished the build just in time for my 30th birthday on August 1, 2017.
My dad and I performed all the work ourselves aside from the sandblasting and the exhaust work. We installed new floors, rockers, cab supports, new bed, disc brakes with 2 ½ drop spindles, full accuair e-level air ride and much more.. We painted it in my garage with a fancy spray booth (2×4’s,plastic,and box fans). My mom did the interior work (seat cover, door panels, visors). It was a family affair. We all enjoyed “most” of every minute of building it. There were some struggles and we did a lot of things twice. I guess you can’t be perfect the first time you decide to do a complete restoration. I’d never done anything like this before and a lot of hard work and late nights went into this build. I’m proud to say that it all paid off and I enjoy every moment that I get to take it out on the road, especially sharing with my family and wife that had so much to do with the build. One of those moments was when I pulled into my neighbors driveway after finishing the truck and seeing the look on his face when he saw the completed restoration. I was able to get to a couple car shows and a few cruise-ins last year (with the help of www.cruiseincalendar.com) and received some great feedback from some very cool people. Can’t wait to get back at it this show season!
Be sure to check out @Poseidonc10 on Instagram for pics of the entire build!