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If you grew up during the '70s, you'll be relieved to know that
Chevy trucks are finally getting their due for something that we've
always known: they're just flat-out cool. Basic and rugged, sure,
but also handsome in a leathery, hardened kind of way that is all
business. Dressing them up with sinister black paint and adding a
big block V8 sure helps, and in the case of this stepside
bed/regular cab 1976 K10 4x4, it shows that there's just no way to
build an unattractive one. They ALWAYS look good.
This nasty black stepside has been through a lot of changes in its life as a show and go vehicle. It probably never worked for a living and started as a garden-variety K10 4x4. Somewhere along the line it was upgraded to a mighty K30 heavy-duty dually, and more recently, was toned down a bit to create the awesome off-roader you see here. As a black truck, it's got to be right, and someone spent plenty of time on the bodywork, so it looks good. The finish is modern urethane, so it's tough enough for off-roading duty without worries, and if you really want this sucker to pop, a professional cut and buff would really make a difference. The bed, which is in its natural state, shows no issues outside of some light scuffing that proves you can still use it as intended. After all, it IS a pickup truck, right?
A black interior obviously works well with the black paint, and the handsome vinyl bench seat is a throwback to the era when this truck was brand new. The upholstery pretty accurately replicates what you might have received when you ordered a new upscale Silverado back in the '70s. And if you're looking around, yes, that is a 4-speed manual shifter in the center of the cab, along with the shifter for the 2-speed transfer case. The instrument panel is covered with a cool brushed metal applique that really brightens up the interior and surrounds the factory gauges. Matching door panels and black carpets also help with an upscale feel. The A/C system has no trouble blowing cold, although the controls for it could use servicing. Also, it has a tilt steering column and an AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo that powers a set of 6x9 Planet Audio speakers behind the seat. There's also a sliding rear window to keep it comfortable even on hot days and a removable dash pad to protect the dash.
Originally, this truck was powered by a 350 cubic inch V8, but not too long ago, someone decided to drop in a thumping 396 cubic inch big block to really deliver the goods. Topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, it's a torquey, eager partner whether you're on-road or off. A few dress-up items give it a flashy look but the whole point of this truck isn't to look pretty, as you've gathered by now. There's a giant radiator up front to keep the big block from getting cranky and a custom Flowmaster exhaust system gives it a burly soundtrack to match its look. The chassis is pretty original and offers a mild lift on the suspension. A 4-speed manual gearbox feeds the original transfer case and axles, and with first gear being ultra-low, there's no mountain this nasty 4x4 can't climb. Black wheels complete the look and carry giant 37x12.50R16.5 Goodyear off-road radials that definitely look the part.
So for you fans of big, burly '70s pickups, this one offers great looks, big block V8 power, and a dash of practicality, too. Call now!
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