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Custom 1972 Chevrolet C30 Franklin Coach Camper

This 1972 Chevrolet C30 is a Franklin Coach camper that was modified by River City Rods of Davenport, Iowa over a period of six months in 2017, and was acquired by the seller following its debut at SEMA in 2017. The truck is finished in blue and silver with custom aluminum paneling over black upholstery, while the camper features a themed bar with salvaged wood paneling as well as laser-cut copper and steel trim. Power is from an LS-based 6.0-liter V8 that features Holley electronic fuel injection and is linked to a 4L70E automatic transmission and a custom-width Ford 9″ rear axle. Additional equipment include a air-ride setup with twin compressors and an AccuAir controller, 22″ wheels, Wilwood front brakes, a custom audio-visual system, and more. This C30 is offered by the selling dealer with a clean Ohio title listing it under its Franklin Coach serial number.

The camper was reskinned with custom aluminum panels and fitted with tempered and tinted Hehr 7900-series windows, while the cab was refinished in Hyundai Matrix Blue paint with silver accents to match. Other custom touches include a pair of low-profile hood scoops, billet taillight housings, aluminum door handles from GSI Machine and Fabrication, and Alumicraft grilles.

323 Duallysportz Slice wheels measure 22″x8.5″ and wear 305/30 Lionhart tires. Four-piston Wilwood front brakes are joined by those from a Ford F-450 in the rear, with all actuated by a Baer Remaster system. The truck can be raised up to 9″ on custom-made front suspension including GSI Fabrication control arms and Ridetech ShockWave air springs as well as a rear end with a GSI Fabrication four-link setup and Goodyear airbags. The frame has been bridge-notched, and Monroe shocks are fitted all around.

Upholstery work was handled by Schober’s Custom Hot Rod Interiors and includes black leather with patterned cloth inserts accented by black carpets and a matching dash with a stitched pad. An AccuAir E-Level touch pad and other switchgear for the air-ride suspension is mounted in the center of the dash. A stock steering wheel frames gauges from Classic Instruments in a custom billet cluster. Just over 600 miles are shown on the six-digit odometer. Total chassis mileage is unknown.

The camper features wood interior paneling salvaged from a warehouse along with laser-cut steel and copper trim and other accessories. Fixed tables cover the inner wheel wells and house dual Viair compressors and pressure tanks. The entertainment system is comprised of an Alpine LCD receiver, a 55″ Samsung television, four Hertz amplifiers totaling 4,000 watts, four 10″ Hertz subwoofers, and six sets of 5.5″ Hertz component speakers.

An interior tour video is viewable above. A Honda EU3000is generator and inverter power the onboard 120-volt and 12-volt electrical systems.

The LS-based 6.0-liter V8 was built by Delmo’s Speed in Burbank with Holley electronic fuel injection and Sanderson headers feeding a 2.5″ Flowmaster exhaust system. A one-off set of 409-style coil covers was machined by General Pattern, and the engine and air cleaner top cover were finished in Chevrolet orange. The seller has provided start-up and driving videos.

The GM Performance 4L70E four-speed automatic transmission features an external cooler and a Lokar shifter, and directs power to a custom-width Ford 9″ rear end with 4.10:1 gears. An overview video and footage of the truck at SEMA in 2017 are presented below.

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