Kenzie Moss’ Goolsby-Built ’68 C10
By Kenzie “Gert” Moss & the CTP Staff – Photography by John Jackson
“My dad, Kelly Moss, originally found this truck in Easley, South Carolina, and brought it back home to Liberty, West Virginia, when my grandpa, Steve, and great-uncle, Ronnie, were looking for a project 10 years ago. The truck was originally a six-cylinder engine and a three-speed on the steering column. They let it sit for a couple years without working on it and finally lost interest in it. When I turned 16 and was asked what I wanted to drive, I mentioned I really liked that old C10 out in the garage. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it but Dad said we would figure something out.
“Dad and the family have multiple hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, and so on, and he was friends with Jonathan Goolsby … although they had yet to work on a build together. We decided to get with [Goolsby] and come up with what to do with the truck. My Uncle Ronnie was like a second dad to my father and was always like an extra grandpa to all us kids, and I was especially close with him.
“Although my name is Mackenzie, he always called me Gert. He never said why. He [died] before we could finish the truck, so in his honor and his memory I named the truck ‘Gert.’ He would have loved her!
“Gert has tons of character in her patina finish, including dents/dings (which I love), and we all wanted to keep that so [Goolsby] suggested incorporating that into our build. During the build, I worked with [Goolsby] to choose interior design, wheels, gauges (Gert inset), and details along with working with my dad to choose powertrain and chassis options. I love driving the truck to shows and around in the summer—even the grocery store—and Dad takes it to even more shows when I have to work. My brother, Tyler, has an ’84 Squarebody, so we go to a lot of truck shows together.”
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Those collective decisions resulted in Gert’s sweet ol’ C10 getting properly placed upon a Roadster Shop Revo chassis (complete with Baer brakes on Wilwood spindles/Strange 9-inch and Ridetech shocks/airbags) that’s powered by a 6.2L Chevrolet Performance LT4 and a Bowler 4L80E rolling on 20-inch Billet Specialties Bonneville Gs with 35-series Pirelli radials. Goolsby used an American Autowire Highway 22 harness in conjunction with the GM engine/trans controller to power up her Stepside, including the custom, personalized gauges from Classic Instruments. To complement the semi-natural patina (Goolsby did a little here and there …), Phil Cato/Cato’s Custom Upholstery did his thing with “funky pillow inserts” and gray leather to give Gert that truly unique touch!
Click on this issue’s cover to see the enhanced digital version of I Am Gert.