400 CI, LIFTED 4X4, SIDEWINDER III WINCH, R12 A/C, ROLL BAR, OWNERS MANUAL!
In 1980, if you needed the biggest, toughest, most heavy-duty truck there was, you shopped at the Chevy store and bought a K30 like this impressive 4x4. EVERYTHING was bigger and stronger on the K30 1-ton models, making this one, complete with a 400 cubic inch V8, capable of moving mountains without breaking a sweat.
The odometer says 16,511 miles, and the title says it's actual mileage. While we can't prove anything for sure beyond that, we can say that this truck is a solid survivor, regardless of the numbers. This is one big truck, but the Chevy regular cab/long bed combination was one of the best-looking heavy haulers of the period and once you have a heavy-duty long bed truck, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it. The exterior looks nicely preserved thanks to a single repaint in the original two-tone tan and brown combination. It looks plenty flashy with the color-matched light bar in the bed, the big chrome push bar up front, and diamond plate bed rails, but those really are the only major modifications. There's a heavy-duty Sidewinder III winch discreetly hidden behind the bumper and a useful tool box/spare tire carrier in the bed, making this truck everyone's friend when the going gets rough. And remarkably, it's in great condition with only a few nicks and scratches here and there that it wears proudly.
Climb up to the interior and you'll find a nicely preserved and largely original passenger compartment. The factory bench wears an aftermarket seat cover to protect the original vinyl, which is starting to show its age, but other items like the carpets and door panels are in very good shape. The factory gauges are comprehensive and still look great, and you'll enjoy the retro vibe of the AM/FM/8-track stereo that lives in the dash. Other options include a tilt column, A/C, and a sliding rear window, which is one of the better features in any old pickup. Those switches below the instrument panel control the lights on the roll bar and the front push bar, as well as the winch up front, so you'll be ready for almost anything.
The big K30 was grossly over-built in almost every way. The frame is about 30% bigger and stronger than the smaller K10 and K20 trucks (9 inches tall versus 6 on the smaller models) and the suspension was designed for the heaviest of loads with massive springs and heavy-duty hardware. Power comes from a 400 cubic inch V8 engine, which moves the big rig without a lot of strain thanks to the heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic, 2-speed transfer case, and proper gearing. The rear axle is a super heavy duty 14-bolt unit, while the front is a factory locker that will slog through the roughest of terrain without complaint. It's quite original underneath, so it's not detailed for show or anything like that, but if you appreciate the biggest of the big trucks, this one certainly has a lot of appeal. Even the brakes are oversized and with dual tanks, you really don't have to worry about gas mileage. Handsome chrome 8-lug wheels are fitted with 35x12.50-15 BFGoodrich off-road radials that look awesome on the big truck.
An unusual heavy-duty rig dressed in civilian clothing, this K30 is still ready to work and play hard and can take whatever you throw at it without complaint. And you certainly won't get more sheetmetal for your dollar than this. Call today!
- 8 Track
- AM/FM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Four Wheel Drive
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Air Conditioning
- Factory Buildsheet
- Owner's Manual
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