1972 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup
Although the C10 most commonly identifies as the half-ton, short-bed pickup, it came in different styles. The C10 featured a 115-inch wheelbase for the pickup equipped with the 6.5-foot bed and a 127-inch wheelbase for models with the 8-foot bed. Chevy sold pickups as a chassis and cab that required buyers to custom fit their choice of beds. Other styles featured the Fleetside, or flat panel cargo box, and the Stepside, which had the rear wheels outside the bed and a step mounted between the cab and wheel wells. C10 models also included a panel truck and the Suburban sport utility vehicle.
For consignment and right out of 1972, a clean mostly rust free shortbed with plenty of performance mods, a sweet paint job, and retaining its mostly original look. Oh, and let's throw on some pinstripe flames to add a bit of “jazz” to this preferred year iconic pickup…the C-10.
Resprayed in Orange Matte and clear coated with clear coated pinstriped flames coming from the front of this truck and licking rearward through the door panels. The front is very clean in the grille department with pristine straight horizontal ribs running from headlight to headlight and framed with a mirror like bumper below. A nice bowtie emblem in red is in the center. Running up the hood we see a scoop bump facing the windshield, which is now wrapped in black trim. This scoop sports a 327 badge and butts up to a nicely done metal passenger cab on this exterior. Straight door panels with slight rust bubbling on the bottoms and on the rockers is noted but could easily be remediated. A short bed leads us rearward where another mirror like bumper frames the bottom of the Chevrolet badged gate and flanking taillights in their original form. Pull down the gate and we have a bed lined with texture bed liner paint, and no dents or significant faults underneath this paint. A Shocktop cooler is bolted to the front of the bed where it meets the cab. 15-inch standard Chevy truck wheels are all around, and the rear of this truck is bagged for a lowered stance…and looking dy-no-mite!
A black vinyl bench reaches for each door panel and has a new added custom center console complete with a storage area and cupholders breaking up the bench at the center. The original dash sits proudly in front of the seat and noted is an aftermarket tachometer added to the center of the column. Located in the center is a metal panel with a radio, temp controls, and a trio of aftermarket gauges hanging below this painted orange panel. Fronting it all is the original steering wheel, and below black carpet complete with floor mats which are also thick carpet and nice looking. Above is an orange headliner in matching exterior painted metal.
Courtesy of a Camaro, a newly rebuilt 327ci V8 sporting a mild cam inside, and Holley Street Avenger carb feeding it atop. Hedman headers, an aluminum radiator, and a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with an external cooler unit is on back. A 12-bolt rear with a chromed cover is noted.
Looking just fine underneath with solid frame and richer panels, we see on one body hanger some rust bubbles, and an invasive holes but is retaining strong. Airbags are seen, and some new steering components have been added in the form of the use of Moog parts, a pitman arm, tie rod ends, a new power steering pump and steering gear box.
This truck was a true driver shuttling our consigners to and fro from the shore on long weekends. So we figured it would have no problem on our Classic Auto Mall test track, and indeed it did not. It started right up with a thunderous growl and ran terrifically. Plenty of power, nice handling and power steering that floats like a butterfly, and an engine that sings like a bee.
A good overall job with a few areas of some rust bubbling, but you have to study this truck hard to see it all and it is sparsely positioned. A Camaro 327ci V8, new steering, bagged rear suspension, and a thunderous roar, you can ride down the road and have heads turning.
4-Pick Up With Bed & Cab
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
120420-Sequential Unit Number