Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Here at Streetside Classics, we're often able to spot trends before they become widespread, just by watching what our inventory does. And lately, exciting 'Action Line' trucks like this dialed-in 1970 Chevrolet C10 Custom have been red hot on the market, 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 great measure of practicality that most hobby vehicles can't touch.
The short bed/regular cab setup is by far the most popular today, combining rugged good looks with the most compact and lightweight body style. This handsome C10 originally came from the factory in code 504 Medium Olive and today is finished in a pretty close - light green matte paint that continues to complement it's squared-off body-style perfectly, and although the driver-quality paint job is far from perfect, it really looks like a million bucks when it's bombing down Main Street. That butch-look reaches back into the '50s and '60s when single cab trucks were all the rage, and the slightly lowered stance updated the curb appeal on this C10 into the 21st Century. This one features plenty of dress-up items that keep that green color from getting bland, including the bright chrome bumpers fore and aft, a gorgeous original grille, and that doubled-up side trim and body molding that's not often seen on the profiles of restored C10s these days (partly because all that brightwork is so expensive). But it breaks ups the paint just right, especially with the optional black inner channels on the lower molding that's typical of Custom Cab C10s. Smoke-tinted glass adds to the allure, as do the clear headlights/taillights at the bookends, and the and the embossed CHEVROLET letters on the tailgate are a traditional touch that works rather well. The fully refinished bed shows little indications that it was ever used to haul heavy, sharp stuff, a tradition you'll probably want to maintain once you get it home, but if you do choose to put it to work it's been sprayed with color-matched bedliner material that not only protects the metal from abuse but also finishes off this C10 perfectly.
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 you'll find a very comfortable cloth bench and matching door panels complete with Custom/Cheyenne style woodgrain applique and Western scroll accents. Black carpets on the floors insulate the cabin far better than any stock vinyl would, and in concert with black pad atop the color-matched metal dash, the cabin feels far more elegant and comfortable than you'd expect from a hard-working hauler of this vintage. The factory gauges are simply gorgeous and are aided by a full array of auxiliary instruments under the dash that keep a good eye on the engine's operation, including a white-faced tachometer strapped to the steering column that minds the revs. A fat-rimmed, 3 spoke steering wheel is a great upgrade over the original unit and feels incredible in the hands of the driver, and it's joined on the column by a shifter that manages the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission below. Sit back, pop it in gear, throw your arm around your significant other and go make some people jealous at the cruise-in. Other 'amenities' (at least they were for the time, of course) include a set of seatbelts and a factory heater, while entertainment is vastly improved via the Sony Xplod AM/FM/CD head unit in the dash and the upgraded speakers in the doors that it manages, although it looks like it might need a little service to get it working properly again. And although there's no A/C, the rear window does slide open, meaning airflow is not restricted resulting in a very comfortable cabin experience.
Sometime simple is better, and the mechanicals in this truck have proven themselves over the years. But sometimes adding a dash of spice to that simple recipe transform the experience completely, as is the case with the very strong 350 V8 Crate motor under the hood of this C10. Augmented with GM Performance heads, Hooker long-tube headers, and a stout Holley 4-barrel carburetor atop a GM Performance intake, the small block has plenty of performance, but it's not so overwrought with torque and power that it's a burden to drive on a lazy Sunday. Basically, it's an ideal cruiser with plenty of firepower available should anyone care to tussle a bit at the red light. Dressed neatly with black valve covers and a tall open-element chrome air cleaner, it's obvious this truck has always been cared for, and with the uber-clean look of the freshened hoses, wiring, and big aluminum radiator up front, the owner built this C10 to drive regularly. A modern power steering system and upgraded power front disc brakes add to that end, as they are the p
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