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. Cool two-tone paint, a custom 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 aggressively raked stance and killer two-tone paint job, it looks about a mile long and thanks to a sizeable pile of cash going into the paint a few years ago, it still looks great today. It's a driver for certain so it's not a perfect specimen by any means, but it's a good-looking driver at that, and the bright orange-red stripe that encircles the body (outlined with a bit of silver) is the perfect line of demarcation between the gray and black colors. Super straight bodywork is mostly stock, although the 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 gray and black urethane, the red-orange pinstripe between them, and enough clear to make it all shine. In the following years, it was driven, shown a bit, and greatly enjoyed, but even so it looks quite good out in the sun. A bright billet grille gives the front end a sleek look and the bed is protected with a black spray-in bedliner, so it still works as a truck. Looks cool and it's practical? Win-win!
You know that a truck this dramatic on the outside needs to be special inside, and it surely doesn't disappoint. A custom seat cover on the bench seat looks up-to-date and features an ostrich-like pattern highlighted with red stitching, and it really livens things up inside the cab. It's comfortable enough to live in all day and looks great with only minor signs of use, as is the case with plush black carpets below, and factory-style door panels at the flanks. The original dash is protected with a matching black dash pad, and ahead of the driver are all of the original instruments (with a believed original 67,603 mileage reading), joined by a Bosch tachometer mounted to the left of the steering wheel. Very cool black door panels blend in with the rest of the interior, and the original steering wheel is still place and only show minor wear, certainly commensurate with the alleged original mileage. There's a kickin' stereo to match the look of the truck, fronted up by a Kenwood head unit that manages the JL Audio subwoofer and Rockford-Fosgate amplifier behind the seat, along with modern speakers throughout the cab. And although the factory A/C system will likely need a recharge before it's meant to blow cold again, there is a sliding rear window that's great for ventilation and tinted glass helps with temperatures and the cool factor as well.
Following the sizzling paint and eyeball-popping interior, the Goodwrench 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood seems almost ordinary. However, you shouldn't underestimate it, as it carries an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and performance intake 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 barn-burner, it will more than get the job done. It's also very dependable, starts easily, idles well, and moves the slammed pickup with ease, all with a great V8 soundtrack from the Flowmaster-style mufflers and twin pipes exiting just before the rear axle. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission powers the original 10-bolt rear end, and the incredible raked stance looks cool without an abusive ride. It's quite clean and solid underneath, the power steering and power front disc brakes help the truck handle with great aplomb, and shiny 15-inch wheels carry staggered 245/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Cooper Cobra performance radials.
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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