FRESHLY BUILT STEP-SIDE, SOUTHERN TRUCK, 283 V8, AUTO, POWER STEERING
Here at Streetside Classics, we're often able to spot trends before they become widespread, just by watching what our inventory does. And lately, trucks like this 1970 Chevrolet C10 have been red hot, perhaps suggesting that these handsome trucks are finally coming into their own as legitimate collector pieces. Of course, it's hard to argue against them when they look this good and still offer a measure of practicality that most hobby vehicles can't touch.
The stepside bed/regular cab setup is by far the most popular today, combining sporty good looks with the most compact and lightweight body style. This one is finished in fiery Hugger Orange paint that looks muscular and aggressive, without distracting from the original design's clean lines. Forget all the extra trim that came with the upscale trucks, or the sometimes questionable two-tone paint schemes, this one simply offers a quality paint job over straight, rust-free sheetmetal. A few dress-up items, like the brand new chrome bumpers, grille, and taillights certainly improve the looks, and the bold CHEVROLET letters on the tailgate are a traditional touch that works well. The fully refinished bed offers a beautifully refinished oak floor with stainless trim, which is really all you need since this truck's heavy hauling days are probably over.
In the same way the exterior has been given a modest makeover to disguise the truck's blue-collar roots, the same can be said inside where the vinyl bench has been upgraded with handsome black and orange houndstooth fabric inserts. New black carpets soften the environment and help control noise levels, and the metal dash and door panels have been painted to match the bodywork. The factory gauges offer only speed and fuel level, but with an automatic transmission you don't really need more and it all looks very clean. The dash hosts a newer AM/FM/cassette head unit, which feeds a set of speakers mounted down low on the kick panels. Even things like the visors, the dash pad, and the heavy-duty rubber floor mats are all brand new. You can see that a lot of money went into freshening this truck, making it comfortable and easy to drive.
Sometime simple is better, and the mechanicals in this truck have proven themselves over the years. The 283 cubic inch V8 was rebuilt about 4500 miles ago and lives in a beautifully detailed engine bay. There's Chevy Orange paint on the block, chrome valve covers, an Edelbrock air cleaner for the 4-barrel carburetor underneath, and some very clean ram's horn exhaust manifolds. A fresh alternator delivers the juice, while the brand new dual exhaust system uses dumps located just behind the rear wheels. Power steering and front disc brakes are nice additions to a vehicle weighing nearly 4000 pounds, although it drives like a much smaller machine and feels quite agile on the road. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and there's a rugged 12-bolt rear end on the original coil spring suspension . And who doesn't love those original 15-inch Rally wheels that tie the truck to Chevy's other performance models and give it a racy look.
Representing a great way to get into the hobby with a high-quality vehicle, this truck is a fun, practical way to drive a cool old vehicle for not a lot of money. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Steering
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