・Full air suspension system ・Fitted with a 3.5l V8 ・Custom built Bed
Manufactured between 1973-91 this third generation Chevrolet C10 was bigger than the previous generations and with a slight shift in the use of pick-ups to becoming more personal vehicles the creature comforts increased, you were able to spec this C10 with electric windows and electronic door locks. The third generation C10 was the first Chevy truck that had been designed with the use of wind tunnels. This optimized the exterior for better aerodynamics leading to an improvement in fuel economy.
Piecing together the history of this truck comes in two parts. The first part is the truck's life in America where it appears to have been delivered to the first owner in Southgate, Michigan the 9th of November 1979. It came out of the Ed Rinke Chevrolet Co. dealer; we can say this as the truck comes with the original Warranty information leaflet that outlines the dos and don’ts of your new truck
The second part of this Trucks life was when it was shipped over to the UK in the early 2000’s it appears to land in the UK in March 2008 and its new life begins.
There is a little bit of paperwork that comes with the car but nothing that’ll indicate works done to the truck. They are more important pieces of paperwork like the original warranty document, the importation paperwork and a modern V5.
One interesting little piece of paperwork is what appears to be the original spec list that shows that the car had the following options: Vacuum Power Brakes, 3-speed manual gearbox, Power Steering, and a blue vinyl bench seat. As you can imagine some of these parts may not have survived or have been replaced.
Describe the interior, condition, function, any faults or damage etc The interior is the place you’d expect a 70’s utilitarian truck to look like. It has a big bench seat big enough for three and a steering wheel, this is about all you needed back then. The bench seat appears to have been a bit of an aftermarket modification as we have already seen that it came with a blue vinyl seat from the factory.
A few interesting little features that are in the interior are the empty shell casings that now detail several pieces of the switch gear including a big casing on the end of the gear lever. One feature that may go missing are the two dials and rocker switches, these are here so that you can operate the four-corner air suspension system which adds another dimension to this truck.
Referred to as the Square body C10 the exterior of this truck is very slab sided with only a few subtle curves here and there. As you can see from the exterior the truck is now finished in a more of a rat rod style. This means that the rusty paint job is intentional providing a different kind of look to the truck. The rough and ready exterior compliments the interior well.
From the exterior everything looks normal and that is until you flick a switch within the interior and drop the truck down, it squats down so that when you’re at a car show you are the talk of the crowd. The new owner may or may not like the current finish of the paint work but isn’t that the fun of buying a classic truck/hotrod, somehow making it yours. There are endless opportunities for the final look of this truck.
This could be where this truck is slightly let down a little bit. Although she does start and move backwards and forwards this was about as much as she would do before boiling all the water/coolant and then steaming. This could be because the truck wasn’t moving so there wasn’t any air going through the radiator but just be aware that she may require some work in the mechanical department.
If you’re to have a look underneath however the chassis seems to be in pretty good condition and if you lift the bed up you can see the work done under there with the air suspension system and this looks like it has been done professionally.
Overall, though when the V8 fires into life it sounds glorious, just like you would hope it would sound.
Whenever you see an American truck on a UK road you can never help but be a little envious of the owner. There is something cool about a big, loud, gas guzzling American beast. There is no doubt that whoever buys this truck next has a whole heap of fun ahead of them making this truck truly theirs and with that complete there is the fun of taking this to different shows up and down the country.
The opportunities and communities that open up to you when you own such a car like this are great. Whenever you start this truck up, let alone drive it anywhere, the new owner will have a crowd of people around it asking about the truck.
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1979 Chevrolet C10 Truck
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