It’s a Blazer. It’s a square body. It’s Lolita – the unibody 1979 K5 Blazer / 1985 Chevy C10 pickup fusion, known as a Uni10.
A custom creation, Lolita is the latest from the mind of Ricky Holly and the Texas-based teams from Alamo Customs and DRU Customs. Holly, one of three brothers, was introduced as a youngster to the custom car culture through van shows with his father. The Holly Boyz have carried on the tradition, building their own projects over the decades.
Fans might recall Ricky’s chopped ’68 K5 Blazer dubbed Charlie Brown or his glistening green ’65 C10 AKA the Grinch and speculate that Lolita came to life as the best of these two previous one-off projects: hence, the Chevy K5/C10 blend. His goal was a one-year build; however, two years ticked by with Lolita under the knife. For those fortunate enough to lay eyes on this neck-breaker, it was undoubtedly time well spent.
Lolita is quite the looker, but the unibody design is what really sets this one apart. Marrying the cab and the bed provides the unique one-piece shell. As much thought was put into dressing Lolita as was her body and distinctive restyling shows out from the heads to the tails. Starting with the fabbed front grille, housing the hideaway headlight kit by Hotrod Innovation, Lolita’s lustrous profile stretches to the signature emblazoned tailgate, and frenched tips. United Pacific LEDs light it all up.
Body molding from MAR-K accessorizes the custom two-tone burgundy-hue PPG base coat/clear coat blend flanking the wide cream ribbon in the multi-band side stripe. Paint continues to flow over the remainder of the Uni10 with faux brushed metal bumpers and mirrors as well as a plank-less bed, which is actually an exotic hardwood imitation paint finish. Lolita rides on 22×8.5-inch and 24×12-inch Raceline Newport custom-finish, forged billet wheels. Color continuity is important to Ricky and that’s reflected in the pop of orange-gold on the wheel face contrasting the hoop of the wheels. The same shade matches the lines of the side stripe trim and interior.
Not Just A Pretty Face: Power Under Lolita’s Hood
Lolita’s lifeforce launched with a 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V-8 out of a 2018 ZL1 Chevy Camaro paired with a Chevy SuperMatic 10L90 automatic 10-speed transmission. A Brian Tooley Racing (BTR) Stage 2 Cam and custom-built drive shaft were added. Other features and modifications to mention are the Holley Premium Mid-Mount Complete Accessory System, twin ODYSSEY batteries sparking the power, and a Painless harness that handles the wiring. Ultimate Headers are mated to a MagnaFlow 2.5-inch stainless exhaust system and MagnaFlow stainless mufflers.
Buried in its original bay, the ZL1’s supercharged LT4 created 650 horsepower. Lolita was dyno’d at 600 to the rear. Ricky revealed while Lolita is a beauty queen, she isn’t a trailer queen, confirming her shakedown at Texas Motor Speedway.
Instrumental in The Grinch, Ricky once again called on Texas transplant Acme Chassis Factory for Lolita. The C10 chassis features front and rear sway bars and tubular control arms. Other components include QA1 shocks, a UniSteer Performance power rack and pinion, and a Pyle Brothers custom-built, Ford nine-inch built with 4.11:1 ring and pinion gears.
Lolita flexes with a quick drop from ride height to show stance courtesy of an air suspension system that combines Slam Specialties’ bags, Air Lift’s 3H Air Management System, VIAIR’s 480 Dual Pack compressors, and a pair of six-gallon air tanks from Seamless. Wilwood serves the big brake stopping power with six-piston calipers and 14-inch slotted and drilled rotors. The master cylinder is color-matched to Lolita’s custom-paneled engine bay.
Inside The Unibody Is Just As Suhweet
Also from Texas, Mobile Toys Inc. (MTI) had free rein on the cabin’s design. An open door reveals Lolita’s luxurious interior in what looks like a variation on Chevy orange with a hint of brown. Apex leather-wrapped Snowden Custom Seats, dash, door panels, console, and molded flooring accentuate the cabin. Vintage Air keeps the driver and passenger cool on hot Texas days. Sony’s 6.5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth head unit modernize the infotainment system. Acoustics come through dual eight-inch subs and quad 6.5-inch component sets from Gladen Mosconi. Both LizardSkin and SoundShield line Lolita for sound deadening. Other features ushering Lolita into current convenience are the electrified power window kit from Electric-Life, tilt steering from IDIDIT, and Dakota Digital gauges. Additionally, Precision Replacement Parts brought new weatherstripping and the custom steering wheel is by Raceline.
In 2022, the TMI Products TRIM Award judges honored Ricky Holly with the award for Best Custom Truck at the SEMA Show that year. But that hasn’t been the Uni10’s only trophy-hoist; in fact, the awards have piled up for Lolita, Holly, and his build teams. In 2023, Lolita claimed titles of Best in Show at Lonestar Throwdown, Texas Heatwave, Texas Wake N Scrape, Scrapin the Coast, Classic Truck Throwdown, Texas Hold ’em, and the Battle in Bama. Accolades also include Goodguys Builder’s Choice Award, the Triple Crown of Rodding’s Truck of the Year (1973-1987), along with Top-10’s at the C10 Nationals and Goodguys events, a SEMA nod for the Hot Rod Industry Alliance Select 15, and a cover on Street Trucks magazine.
The total cost for this award-winning work of art was undisclosed. However, Holly revealed what we all know to be true – money talks and he would consider selling for a price of around $250,000. His thinking: Got to sell it to move on to a new one. Next on his radar is a ’64 C10. Looking forward to laying eyes on that one.