This tough-looking 1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup is one of those cool trucks you see that doesn't seem to want to play nice. Big, muscular, and downright menacing, it's what you'd imagine a lumberjack or a guy who wrestles alligators would drive, and it makes no apologies for it. Of course, it backs things up with a thumping 383 inch stroker motor, but we'll get to that part in a moment.
Of course being tough doesn't mean beat-up, and this very clean southern truck offers all-original sheetmetal and bodywork straight enough to calibrate scientific instruments. The burgundy paint is fairly recent and while it wasn't intended for show duty, it does look pretty darned good in the sunlight. You can't argue with the rugged good looks on these trucks, either, and regardless of what color they're wearing, they always look great. Everything just as the factory intended, which works extremely well with the handsome burgundy finish, and all the stainless trim makes it look dressed up. All the original badges are in place, including the '350' emblems on the front fenders, even though they're not quite telling the truth. Up front, a basic egg crate grille and a matching chrome bumper give it an honest look that has won admirers for decades. But it's more than just a handsome truck, it's also ready to work, with a bed protected by a spray-in bed liner so you won't be afraid to take it to Home Depot next Saturday.
Sticking to the basics works inside, too, where there's a bench seat with handsome black upholstery that has a cool nostalgic vibe to it. It's all in excellent condition, as you'd expect in a truck this nice, including those '70s funky tooled door panels that were a GM favorite. Factory gauges cover the basics, and someone has thoughtfully added a temperature gauge under the dash. There's factory A/C, which is always a nice find, plus a recent Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo head unit with custom speakers built into the headliner, so it sounds great. The final ingredient is a late-model tolt steering column and steering wheel, which looks right at home in the Chevy's cabin thanks to its OEM origins.
Power comes from a rumbling aluminum head 383 cubic inch small block that was rebuilt about 2000 miles ago. With a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust as power-building additions, the engine springs to life easily and pulls the relatively lightweight truck around with genuine authority, with a feel that's a lot like a vintage muscle car. Surrounded by power building hardware, including an MSD ignition system, Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, and matching finned valve covers just for good measure. A chrome alternator has been fitted, along with power steering and brakes to make the truck easy to drive under any conditions. It's backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and the original rear end, which hangs on coil springs to make the ride pleasant and not pickup truck harsh. It's been lowered just a bit, giving it a nasty attitude without killing ride quality, and it sits on steel wheels with cool Corvette hubcaps for an unusual twist on the OEM look.
A very cool truck that doesn't need flash and bright paint to attract attention, and it's truly a blast to drive. Call today!