It's no secret that we love these handsome Chevy trucks, and this
mildly customized 1968 Chevrolet C10 stepside pickup delivers all
the things we like, with a few tricks that make us love it. Add in
great paint and color, a very strong small block V8, and a full
custom interior, and you get a truck that's daily driver friendly
but sharp enough to qualify for a spot on the show field.
You can tell even at a glance that this is a special truck. Starting up front, there are two stacked rectangular headlights in place of the factory round units, and the difference that lone modification makes is striking. It's at once familiar and unique, leading you to wonder what else is in store. Well, for starters, the rest of the trim has been shaved, including the door handles, so this square-jawed workhorse now has a very sleek look, especially with the cowl-induction hood. Out back, the bed features a smooth tailgate and a roll pan with integral LED taillights that transform the look from behind as dramatically as the headlights transform the front. Along the way, you'll note 6-month-old cranberry red metallic paint that was borrowed from a late-model color chart and the bodywork wears it splendidly. Great gaps and a deep shine emphasize the truck's sporty personality, and the beautifully refinished bed showcases a master craftsman's work.
You get more than a sticky vinyl bench seat inside, where it's just as custom and just as well executed. Two-tone bucket seats with grippy cloth upholstery were placed on either side of a custom-made center console, making this C10 strictly a 2-seater. The buckets are from a late-model so they're all-day comfortable, and they're matched with some custom-stitched carpets and door panels that really tie the whole interior together nicely. The original gauges are some of the most attractive ever fitted to a production pickup, so they were left alone. A column-mounted tachometer was added, and the stock wheel was dumped in favor of a sporty 3-spoke aftermarket unit. There's an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the dash and a pair of cup holders in the console, so it feels quite up-to-date from behind the wheel. New weather-stripping and door seals give it a new truck feel and keep things quiet and comfortable inside, so it's ready to cruise.
More great stuff is happening under the hood, where you'll find a freshly rebuilt, and built, 327 cubic inch small block V8. The engine bay is very clean and well-finished, with body-colored inner fenders flanking a Chevy Orange engine block. With an .030 overbore, flat-top pistons, a � race cam, and double-hump heads, it's got the right hardware in a combination that was perfected decades ago. It's got that awesome lumpy idle and thanks to long-tube headers and a pair of Flowmaster mufflers, the soundtrack is racy, not trucky like you'd expect. The TH350 3-speed automatic is fitted with a 3000 RPM stall torque converter, and with 3.73 gears in the 12-bolt, this is one pickup that's shockingly quick off the line. We are told the transmission was rebuilt along with the engine about 1500 miles ago, so it's ready to enjoy, and the truck's suspension doesn't seem to mind the extra power. However, you will appreciate the oversized radials on trick polished aluminum wheels, which not only look great but help plant all that power.
Nicely finished trucks like this aren't easy to build and there's far more than the asking price tied up in it. So stop shopping for a project and take this finished truck home instead. Call now!
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