RESTORED 1963 CHEVROLET C-10 STEPSIDE PICKUP! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 653 – A fun day in Malibu lands Fireball and Kathie at niece Alexa’s Birthday, the Pepperdine Ponds, the Beach and a spotting of this fully restored 1963 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup Truck!

From WIKI… The C/K was Chevrolet and GMC’s full -size pickup truck line from 1960 until 1998 in the United States, from 1965 to 1999 in Canada, from 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and from 1975 to 1982 in Chile.

The first Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. “C” indicated two-wheel drive and “K” indicated four-wheel drive.

The aging C/K light-duty pickup truck was replaced with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra names in 1999 in the United States and Canada, and 2001 in Brazil; the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks followed.

Until this time, the names Silverado and Sierra were used to identify the trim level of the C/K trucks.

The 1960 model year introduced a new body style of light pick-up truck that featured many firsts.

Most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, allowing the cab to sit lower, and independent front suspension, giving an almost car-like ride in a truck. Also new for 1960 was a new designation system for trucks made by GM.

Gone were the 3100, 3200, and 3600 designations for short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models. Instead, a new scheme assigned a 10, 20, or 30 for 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton models.

Since 1957, trucks were available from the factory as four-wheel drive, and the new class scheme would make this known. A C (conventional) in front of the series number indicates two-wheel rear drive while a K denotes four-wheel drive.

Actual badging on Chevrolet trucks carried the series name system from the previous generation in 1960 and 1961: the 10, 20, 30, and 40 series (C and K) were badged as “Apaches”, 50 and 60 series trucks were badged as “Vikings”, and the largest 70 and 80 series models were marked “Spartans”.

In 1960, C/K trucks were available in smooth “Fleetside” or fendered “Stepside” versions. GMC called these “Wide-Side” and “Fenderside.”

What’s it like to drive a custom built PT5 SAND BUGGY?

Over the last 30 years, I’ve been blessed to drive a lot of cars. Thousands. And doubly blessed to be driven in countless more. But being a car designer for movies, I can appreciate what goes into these vehicles on an epic scale, and like a movie, understand that it takes many people to cohesively create a rolling piece of art.

Case in point, Shawn Schauwecker’s ridiculously cool PT5 Sand Buggy — a big, blue behemoth that seriously deserves to be this week’s Ride of the Week.

Schauwecker is owner of Extreme Window Tinting, a commercial and residential window tinting company that helps keep the sun to a minimum. But when it came to his Sand Buggy, the opposite was needed. 

“I wanted to create a custom build that nobody else in the world had,” Schauwecker said. “To be able to take the buggy to car shows, off-roading in the desert as well as drive the buggy to dinner with my family since it’s street-legal. This beast truly is the best of both worlds.”

 And driving with Schauwecker up Pacific Coast Highway after Malibu Cars and Coffee, I immediately experienced that this 550 horsepower desert rocket was capable of doing far more than just rollin’ our main artery. 

The LS1 Corvette Motor 5.7L with supercharger was raw and mean, but the mods kept going. The custom builder was Playtech Racing in Anaheim, which constructed the 24-inch travel in front and 19-inch in rear, King Shocks, custom stainless steel exhaust with cutouts by DMCFab Exhaust in Azusa. A Weddle transmission HV25 five-speed, Jamar hubs and brakes. Seats, belts and window nets by Twisted Stitch. Custom body wrap by Shawn’s Extreme Window Tinting. Custom interior by Chuy’s Auto Interior in Carson, and a full-blown custom sound system by Rockford Fosgate. Crazy.

It was completed in July and has custom gull-wing doors and sounds like Godzilla when the cutouts let loose, forcing us to keep quiet with a massive smile on our faces. If you want to see it up close, watch my show on YouTube (Episode 106).

But just having been completed, Shawn and his wife Bridgette have started to head to car shows, off-roading and cruise the streets of Malibu, so be on the lookout. Malibu Cars and Coffee for sure, too. It the car where all the people are smiling.

“My dad has a one off 1930 Model A world famous car called “Rodriguez.,” Shawn said. “I wanted to build something unique that I could take in the desert but also take to car shows and showcase my car alongside my dad. Our first car show was the Sultans 25th Annual Signal Hill Car Show and we both won a trophy. There’s nothing better than having a one-of-a-kind buggy and being able to spend time with my father as we display our cars together.” 

They love driving along the coast and watching the waves and sunset and really enjoy seeing people’s reaction when the buggy drives past. I got a small piece of that just heading to Free Zuma for our photoshoot. The stares were hysterical as people pulled out their cellphones to snap away.

The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from Fast and Furious 7 is Shawn’s favorite movie car, and with this lil’ town being Hollywood central, his Buggy fits right in and would be a perfect piece for FF9 or 10.

The point of creating a car like this (three years in the making and a $200,000 investment) is simple: to share our love of vehicles and what they bring to our lives. Happiness, travel and new adventures. I’m very grateful to Shawn and Bridgette for allowing me to tag along for a bit and giving me a gift of the daily joy. 

If you have a cool car and want to do the same, shoot me an email and let’s drive.

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RUTH McCARTNEY on the Vlog! – FMV408

See Ruth here…

Fireball Malibu Vlog 408 sends Fireball to meet up with Ruth McCartney (sister to Paul McCartney of the Beatles), then witnesses a bicycle accident… then goes shopping. Yup. SHARE Today’s Vlog!


Little Squirt in a BIG RED RAM TRUCK – FMV407

Fireball Malibu Vlog 407 lands Fireball with his brother Ethan & niece Alexa in hometown of Palos Verdes via the 2016 RAM Truck. All this after Marilyn poops out at the Gym. SHARE Today’s Vlog!

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CAR STORIES Ep24 features a Sunk Truck… WATCH!



MALIBU CARS & COFFEE welcomes a big Ford Tonka Beast… the F-750


What’s brewing for the next MALIBU CARS & COFFEE coming up on April 19th? Well, how about a TONKA?

Big thanks to the boys at FORD, as we’ll be welcoming an appearance by this beefy Ford F-750. And if I can arrange it, I’ll be parking my car right in the back. 😉

Now, it’s unclear as to whether you can buy this Tonka version, but if you can, Christmas is going to be interesting this year. (I used to fill mine with Chocolate Balls and dump them into an EarthMover. Pretty awesome.) But off the heels of having Keanu Reeves (below) at the show last time, it’s going to take something very large to measure up. Looks like Ford may have just the thing. GET ON BOARD, JOIN THE FB PAGE and we’ll see you there!



Today’s 5MINUTE DRIVE features a massive RAM and my guest BodyBuilder Pierre… #BodyBuilding #Ram #Truck #Share


If you have friends who are into BODYBUILDING, PERSONAL TRAINING or TRUCKS, please share today’s episode!

MAD MOVIE CARS… Universal Soldier #JeanClaudVanDamme #UniversalSoldier #MovieCar

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2014 RAM 1500 appears @ The Fireball Pad @ramtrucks #ram1500


So… here’s the thing. It’s huge. It’s RED. It’s a RAM 1500 and it’s parked in front of the Pad. So… let’s film this puppy. Tomorrow, it’s  5MINUTE DRIVE with a cool guest, then Friday… we’re off to the Long Beach Aquarium. (It’s the only parking lot big enough. 😉



Want it. Gotta have it now… Only, I think my wife would want to… so, that’ll be that.

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