My 1965 Chevrolet C10 Short Bed pickup was acquired from a family member in 2017 and subsequently refurbished and modified with a repaint in blue pearl, new bright work all around, a 395 horsepower 350 cubic inch V8 crate engine, a 700R4 automatic transmission, and a customized interior with quilted upholstery. Additional equipment includes an aftermarket air conditioning system, power steering and power front disc brakes, lowered suspension, aftermarket 17″ rally wheels, an aluminum radiator, tinted windows, and much, much more. This classic C10 beauty is offered with build invoices, a current Texas safety inspection sticker, and a clear Texas title in my name.
The truck was refinished using multiple applications of blue pearl paint and multiple clear coats and then finished with a cut and buff following the paintwork. The bumpers, side mirrors, door handles, and antenna were replaced along with the tailgate trim, chains, and latches. All new glass --- including windshield, tinted front, rear, door, and vent window glass was fitted along with fresh weatherstripping, and a new complete bumper-to-bumper wiring harness was installed. The Fleetside bed was refurbished using oak planks separated by polished stainless steel strips and bolts, and its walls and wheel tubs feature a textured rubberized coating. Aftermarket 17″ Vision Series 55 Rally wheels are finished in metallic grey with highly polished lips and wear custom hubcaps as well as 255/50 Nitto tires. The ride height was lowered approximately 4″ out back and 2″ up front over replacement shocks and springs, and new ball joints, tie rods, steering gear box and steering joints were fitted. The truck is equipped with power-assisted steering and power front disc brakes with new rear drums and fresh brake rotors, pads, drums, shoes, and braided stainless steel hoses have been installed.
The cab is trimmed in hand-sewn vinyl with quilted inserts and features a bench seat with integrated cup holders as well as a custom hand-sewn headliner, side panels, sun visors, and loop-style carpet which extends well up underneath the dash to give a truly custom fit. Amenities include an under-dash air conditioner, heater, and defroster along with courtesy lights and lap belts for the outboard seat occupants. New chrome door and window handles, chrome vent window uprights, visor arms, and window cranks were installed, the window regulators and glove box assembly were replaced, and Bowtie chrome covers were added to the door sills.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel features a chrome horn assembly with a Bowtie insert and is mounted to a tilting column. An original-style instrument panel houses all new gauges with replacement senders. The five-digit odometer shows 40k miles, with a handful added by the seller and total mileage unknown. A digital stereo with Bluetooth and USB is paired with aftermarket speakers. Insulation was added behind the firewall and extra sound deadening material to the floors.
The 350 cubic inch V8 crate engine features a serpentine belt drive set up as well as replacement components including the water pump, power steering pump, alternator, all hoses, belts, and idlers, as well as new brake master cylinder and power booster and lines. Cooling is from an aluminum radiator with an electric fan, and a heavy-duty battery has been fitted. Approximately 100 miles have been added since installation of the engine. Please note that its break-in oil is due to be changed at 500 miles per manufacturer warranty.
Exhaust components include Hooker Headers as well as new piping and Summit Racing stainless steel mufflers. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a rebuilt 700R4 automatic transmission and a balanced driveshaft. The behind-the-seat fuel tank and its sending unit were replaced, and a chrome filler cap was fitted. The truck recently passed a Texas state safety inspection and has a windshield sticker good through December 2020, while both the engine and transmission carry transferable warranties.
This one-of-a-kind beauty needs nothing to be driven anywhere, everyday, after break-in oil change. With so many creature comfort amenities added -- power steering, power disc brakes, automatic transmission, air conditioning, tilt wheel, blue tooth radio, extra sound deadening, super comfortable custom seat with built-in cup holders, and more -- it captures the look of the great '60s Chevy trucks -- but drives more like a new one and can be driven and enjoyed by the entire family. There's hardly a nut or bolt that wasn't touched during a more than two-year restoration and all work was professionally done by a shop that specializes in '50s, '60s and '70s cars and trucks, where the instructions were to replace with new, any system or part that either was faulty, missing or not up to par either in functionality or appearance. Even a windshield washer was added. The workmanship shines throughout and this '65 is truly a classic stunner that can be shown, driven and enjoyed while it appreciates in value. Comes with actual current registered 1965 Texas truck license plates.
A walk-around video can be seen below.
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