Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Square-body Chevy trucks are all the rage these days, but even with their skyrocketing popularity you can still find good deals out there just like this 1981 Chevrolet C10 Silverado. Cool high-impact paint, a fresh blacked-out interior, and plenty of V8 power mean that this truck still has what it takes to get noticed on Saturday night.
You can count me as one of those folks who like the look of the short bed on a regular cab pickup because the proportions are almost ideal. Of course, this truck is done hauling stuff, but with the raked stance and killer Cabernet Red paint job, it looks about a mile long and thanks to a sizeable pile of cash going into the paint just 50 miles ago, it still looks incredibly fresh today. It's a top-end driver for certain, so it's not a perfect specimen that you'll be afraid to drive, but it's such a good-looking truck at that you'll want to show it off. Shiny and consistent throughout, you can count the minor imperfections on one hand, and even then, you really look have to search for those, proving to us that this was an expensive paint job laid down by professionals that knew what they were doing. Other than that killer cowl hood, the straight bodywork is mostly stock, although any excess trim has been removed to really let the paint scheme do all the talking. Once everything was blocked and straight, it received a several coats of paint, and enough clear to make it all shine. A billet front grille was blacked-out and installed, as were the bumpers at the end caps, the doors and mirrors, window surrounds, and even the tailgate trim out back. The resulting two-tone look is sinister yet still very flashy, and should appeal to just about anyone. Custom headlights and taillights were added to the trick set-up, while the bed is protected with thick black paint that means it can still be used for its original purposes. Looks cool and it's practical? Win-win!
Inside, the refurbished interior is looking sharp. At its center is a revitalized bench seat likely added not long ago, judging from its fresh appearance. Covered in black vinyl and showing no creasing or other signs of wear, it's plushly padded, offers comfortable support for even long trips and sits over fresh red carpet that's punctuated with thick, rubber floor mats. The dash was custom stitched with black vinyl up top, although the bottom steel portion was painted to match the exterior, and a sporty Grant GT steering wheel was mounted atop a tilt column ahead of the driver. Factory gauges remain in place, but they've been augmented with a set of auxiliary units and a big tachometer to keep a closer eye on the built-up motor up ahead. Additional interior comfort and convenience features include cruise control, power windows, a Vintage Air air conditioning system blowing cold, a foot-print gas pedal, and an aftermarket AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo that sounds great. The windows were are all darkly tinted, the door panels at the flanks look very high-end, and the gas tank was relocated from behind the seat and into the bed, which means there's more room behind the bench.
Following the sizzling paint and eyeball-popping interior, the 350 cubic inch V8 keeps the theme with all kinds of internal performance goodies. Rebuilt 800 miles ago, it's been bored to 355 cubic inches and features a 585 solid lifter camshaft, roller rockers, and Edelbrock aluminum heads, so you know it's ready for battle anytime. It carries an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, a performance intake, and long-tube headers that help it breathe and a respond with a little added horsepower. For a truck like this, it's important for it to have the power to back up the look, and although it's not a race car, it will do more than get the job done out on the streets. It's also very dependable, starts easily, idles well, and moves the slammed pickup with ease, all with a great V8 soundtrack from the Magnaflow mufflers and twin pipes exiting just before the rear wheels. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission (also rebuilt approx. 800 miles ago) powers a heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end, and that cool stance looks slick without an abusive ride. It's quite solid underneath, the power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes help the truck handle with great aplomb, and staggered Race Star black wheels carry 225/65/17 front blackwalls and fat Mickey Thompson meats out back.
This is a whole heck of a lot of custom truck for the price of a used Hyundai. If it's attention you crave, this truck will deliver in a very big way. Call today!
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