BIG BLOCK 396 V8, THUMPER CAM, LONGTUBE/DUALS, AUTO, PWR FRONT DISCS/STEERING
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1980 Chevrolet C-10
We sell a lot of '70s Chevy pickups and you might be tempted to glance past this one, but believe me, you'd better stop and have a closer look. Big block power, nice paint, and a sporting bucket seat interior make it far more than meets the eye.
The beautiful dark red paint is subtle and elegant, working as well on the vintage pickup as it does on the angular new Cadillacs. The glossy finish shows off some nice, straight sheetmetal, which is particularly important on these trucks, whose long, straight lines give them a timeless look that remains popular to this day. The regular cab/short bed version has great proportions and remains highly usable as a truck, too. The only real modification to the body itself is the cowl-induction hood. They resisted the urge to add graphics or pinstripes, so it has a clean look that works best on these trucks. You'll also note little stuff like the billet grille and HID headlights up front. Bright chrome bumpers are exactly the right touch against the gorgeous paint, and while the bed is in great shape, it's not so perfect that you'll be afraid to use this truck as intended.
The interior's dressed the same as the exterior, with burgundy upholstery on the original bucket seats with a center console between them. The dash is still full of factory instruments in the original pods, which are still some of the best-looking dials ever seen in a truck, and the view's pretty good through the spokes of the Grant GT steering wheel. But just in case the originals aren't accurate enough, there are a pair of Auto Meter mechanical dials under the center of the dash. The radio has been upgraded to an AM/FM/cassette head unit and it sounds pretty darned good for being a few decades old. A sliding rear window is a very desirable feature that's also practical, because a pickup with an opening rear window is a pleasant place to spend some time, letting fresh air in without the blast of air from the windows.
Ordinarily, these trucks have small block V8s with carburetors, but this one packs a thundering 396 cubic inch big block, which is a neat fit in the truck's engine bay. Thanks to the wonders of factory engineering, it starts instantly and idles like it should, and out on the road you have endless reserves of torque at your disposal. A Demon card on a mid-rise intake manifold feed a big thumper cam, while a factory HEI ignition system lights it up. It loves to rev and sounds awesome thanks to a set of long-tube headers. There's also a big aluminum radiator up front and a set of finned Edelbrock valve covers to dress thing sup a bit. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission feeds a set of 3.73 gears, so this truck is quite punchy around town and you need to be careful not to light up the tires at a light. A modest lowering job gives it a bit of a rake and the rear springs are fitted with traction bars for obvious reasons. It's also quite clean underneath, and with staggered Mickey Thompson rubber on polished Cragar mags, it has a timeless performance look that will always be appealing.
This is a very impressive truck with great road manners and big performance on the strip. It's one of those time when it really would be impossible to duplicate at the price. Call now!