Usable resto-mod Chevy C10 pickup truck with custom upgrades

The Pick of the Day is a classic beauty made into a comfortable and practical cruiser

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The 1968 C10 has been integrated with the step-side bed of a 1970 Chevy pickup

The Chevy C10 pickup is an enduring classic mainly because of its simple and attractive styling that looks good whether bone stock or as a template for a cool custom truck. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Chevrolet C10 that the seller describes as a resto-mod, with upgrades in both form and function that appear to have been well-thought-out and tastefully done.  And unlike some that get customized to the extent that they are no longer usable as pickup trucks, this one retains its ability to do actual work.  

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“This truck really has it all; looks, ride, performance, comfort and practicality,” according to the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, dealer advertising the Chevy truck on ClassicCars.com.  “Overdrive transmission, front disc brakes, cold air conditioning, tilt column, stereo, brake controller; it’s all there.  It is a lot of fun to drive yet you can still use it like a truck.”

In the well-written ad, the seller describes the changes and updates.

“To begin, this C10 looks terrific,” the seller says.  “Completed in 2009, it had spent much of its life in the South, which provided a rust-free frame and body.  The bed was replaced with a 1990 step-side piece that lines up nicely with the cab. 

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“The bumpers and inner fenders were replaced, and the cab fuel tank was removed in favor of a 16-gallon cell under the bed.  The truck was professionally painted in Wrangler Silver and received tasteful pinstriping.  It has also been lowered and wears American Racing wheels with 275/60R15 tires. 

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“And since this is a truck, there is a Reese hitch receiver and brake controller.”

The newer step-side bed looks quite nice and integrates well with the overall styling of the vintage/modern resto-mod Chevy. 

The engine is a 1972 Chevy 350cid V8 with “a mild cam, Edelbrock intake, 4-barrel carb with electric choke and HEI distributor.” It’s linked with a rebuilt 700R4 automatic transmission with a 12-bolt read housing 3.43 gears.  Power steering and power brakes have been added.

“The interior uses seats from a 2008 Buick that slide, raise and recline,” the seller notes. “There is also a tilt steering column to ensure a comfortable driving position.  Along with the relocated fuel tank, this makes for a great improvement in the 1968 cab. 

“The center console is from a 2006 Tahoe and provides loads of storage along with cupholders.  There is a set of Sunpro gauges in the center dash and a tachometer on the A-pillar.  There is also a Pioneer stereo with speakers front and rear.”

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The ad nicely sums up the qualities of this Chevy truck:

“It all makes for a unique classic pickup that hasn’t lost its utility.  And you don’t hear that very often.”

The asking price seems quite reasonable at $18,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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    • Click on the Pick of the Day red link at the end of the article, which will take you to the seller’s ad, with more information including price and location.

  1. I’m interested in that 1968 Chevy C10 pickup you have for sale, can you tell me if that has been a frame off restore, and if there is plenty of leg room in the cab, for a guy that has long legs, to be able to work the gas and brakes..

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