69 C-10 factory short-bed. Mild 355 with F.A.S.T. EFI, Overdrive, AC, PW, cruise
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Corcoran, California, United States
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1969 Chevrolet C-10
1969 Chevrolet C10 short-bed pickup FULL CUSTOM
OVERVIEW: The target for this build was a smooth, comfortable, turn-key cruiser that anyone can handle. Completion of assembly in 2014 resulted in exactly that.This truck is a true turn-key driver for any weather or altitude, due to the EFI. My wife has driven it several times as her daily-driver whenever her car was in for service or repair. There are no tricks or hassles involved in driving it. 80 mph is achieved at around 2350 rpm in overdrive with converter locked. Engage the cruise control and this pickup can effortlessly keep up with todays freeway traffic. You could just about build the frame and running gear for what we are asking as minimum bid. There are CARBURETED C-10s being offered for $30-$40,000, and this truck is already several decades ahead of carbureted builds.
BODY: All sheet metal was removed from the frame. Several new replacement body panels. The cab is about the only thing remaining from 1969. The bodywork came out really straight with several pictures (included with purchase) documenting the process. 2002 GMC Yukon “Garnet Red Mica” basecoat / clearcoat was sprayed on the body in our own booth to maintain quality control. Billet grille replacement sections adorn a stock ’69-’70 outer shell. Original-replacement glass has been professionally installed front, rear, and both sides. Side windows have been upgraded with power regulators. Stake pockets, gas filler, emblem holes and side marker light holes welded shut. New smooth tailgate and freshly-sprayed bedliner. Replacement original chrome bumpers finish the front and rear.
FRAME: The original frame had no damage, so it was media blasted and hand-coated with gloss black POR-15. A 20 gallon Suburban-style gas tank is between the frame rails at the rear of the truck instead of behind the seat. The gas filler neck is now in the bed, at the back of the passenger-side wheel house.
SUSPENSION: Dropped spindles with 1” drop springs bring the front end down 3” or so. 4” drop rear coil springs maintain just a bit of nose-down “rake”. The front disc brakes came with the spindles and converted the truck to 5-on-5” wheel bolt pattern. Stock upper and lower control arms have been powder coated and, of course, all new ball joints and bushings. The stock power steering box has been completely refurbished and connects to the spindles with all new components. A later-model C10 rear end assembly matches the front bolt pattern and has large drum brakes. A new EATON limited-slip differential was installed along with all new bearings, seals and new YUKON 3.54 ring and pinion. A factory style vacuum power assist unit was installed with new master cylinder. HELWIG SUSPENSION used this truck as a prototype/model for their aftermarket anti-sway bars. Therefore, the truck has adjustable front and rear units that fit and work exactly as they should. KYB shocks provide comfortable ride control.
WHEELS / TIRES: GEAR (brand) “Double Pump” 18” X 9” alloy wheels with COOPER 255/55/18 front and 265/60/18 rear tires.
ENGINE: Fully balanced 350 + .030” (355). Iron crankshaft, stock connecting rods and new cast pistons. Regular iron heads fitted with stainless 2.02” x 1.60” valves. Very mild .222 @ .050 x .447” hydraulic cam, 1.5 roller-tip rockers. Older EDELBROCK Performer rpm intake with F.A.S.T. self-tuning EZ-EFI throttle-body fuel injection. A custom-curved big-cap HEI distributor from DAVIS UNIFIED IGNITION (DUI) has been utilized for efficiency and reliability. DOUG’S HEADERS with ceramic coating scavenge the exhaust. A 2.5” stainless PYPES exhaust system goes all the way to the rear bumper including their Street-Pro mufflers and X-pipe. NOTE: Some of the pictures show side-exit exhaust. That was the first configuration, which was VERY loud, so tailpipes were added to mellow out the tone.
An over-kill cooling system consists of an exact-fit RON DAVIS aluminum radiator assembly with transmission cooler, matching shroud and dual 12” electric fans.
TRANSMISSION: GM TH700-R4 automatic overdrive transmission with lock-up converter. Mild shifts for longevity and a touch of performance feel. LOKAR shift linkage connects to an original tilt steering column.
ELECTRICAL: A completely new electrical wiring harness and fuse block from AMERICAN AUTOWIRE replaced the original setup front-to-rear. European-code H4 replacement headlamps from HELLA increases safety during night driving. Similarly, LED tail light assemblies replace the inefficient stock units. The factory gauges were rebuilt or replaced. A DAKOTA DIGITAL electronic speed sender was installed. It provides information to one of their electronic speedometer cable-drive units and cruise control. A single-DIN hole had already been cut into the original dash. So, a SONY AM/FM/CD unit was installed along with two PIONEER 6” x 9” 3-way speakers in the doors.
INTERIOR: The inner cab and doors have been completely lined with DYNAMAT sound deadener. Custom upholstery was installed locally. Original seat with original-style door panels. A VINTAGE AIR gen-IV HVAC system was added, utilizing original controller and dash vents.
DELIVERY is the responsibility of the new owner(s). If requested, we have the contact information for a few transportation companies, both enclosed and open, we have used successfully in the past.
There is a large amount of photos that were taken throughout the build. Some can be seen in the PROJECTS section of our website: diasclassiccars.com . These pictures will be on a CD for the new owner to see the entire build, start-to-finish. Good luck and happy bidding!