Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
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 great paint and a potent V8 sure helps, and in the case of this short bed/regular cab 1979 Chevrolet K-10, it shows that there's just no way to build an unattractive one. They ALWAYS look good.
At first glance, this might just look like another nicely preserved Chevy C/K-series pickup. But get a little closer and you'll discover that the bright green finish is quite nicely done with a deep shine that looks great on this vintage pickup. And if you're going to look that closely, you need to nail down the bodywork, so this one is arrow-straight and doesn't look like it's ever had to work for a living. There are signs of very minor use and age, but you won't be unhappy with this one in your garage, or at the cruise-in. It's also lived an easy life away from harsh elements, so rust is a non-issue here, and even the bed, which is protected with a spray-in bedliner and a flush-mounted tonneau cover and bed rails. After all, it IS a pickup truck, right? A bit of brightwork, chrome bumpers, and big mirrors all give it a flashy look without diluting its heavy-duty attitude.
A green interior works well with the green paint, and the cloth bench seat is a throwback to the era when this truck was brand new. The upholstery is new and in great order and pretty accurately replicates when you might have received when you ordered a new K-10 Scottsdale back in the '70s. The instrument panel is fitted with a comprehensive array of factory gauges that are in good condition and keep an eye on the torquey engine up front. Matching green door panels could very well be original, and the plush carpet is brand new and provides a bit of an upscale feel to the cabin. The most notable upgrades are the AM/FM radio in the factory slot and the wood-rimmed steering wheel at the driver's helm, but other than those choice comforts, she's a stocker through and through. Just the way we like them.
Powering this green machine is a smooth-running, dependable 350 V8 that's nestled in neatly in the engine bay. Topped by an original-style carburetor, it's a torquey, eager partner whether you're on-road or off. It looks mostly stock and keeps a low profile when you're just driving around and it runs superbly, as you'd expect. There's a giant radiator up front to keep the small block from getting cranky and factory exhaust manifolds feed a pair of dual glasspack-style mufflers that give it a burly soundtrack to match its look. The chassis is original but it's solid and clean, and you can easily see that this truck lived someplace warm its entire life. A 4-speed manual transmission feeds the original transfer case and axles, and the manual locking hubs mean someone was serious about off-road traction. Factory Rally wheels look great and help offset the weight of those big 31x10.50-15 Nexen white-letter radials.
So for you fans of big, burly '70s pickups, this one offers great looks, strong V8 power, and a dash of practicality, too. Call now!
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