1967 Chevrolet C10 Custom 250 straight six from North America

Summary:

A pickup truck legend

Faults:

Had to rebuild front axle (all new ball joints, control arm shafts, some tie rod ends).

Radiator needed replacement.

Brakes on both axles have been replaced a few times, along with drums.

Engine overhauled, rebuilt with unleaded valve train.

Replaced heater blower motor.

General Comments:

This truck is a classic; like a fine bottle of wine, the passage of time only makes it better. I can't believe what a tough, rugged, simple, and elegant design this is.

The in-line six is a pretty tough motor, a bit crude and unrefined, but very truckish, and it combines fuel economy (I get 18 mpg on the highway with this fullsize pickup) with plenty of torque for pulling hills and loads. I did have an "unleaded" valve train installed upon overhaul; something to consider if acquiring one of these now ancient vehicles. The old valves will probably be the first thing to go, since they were designed to be protected by lead in gasoline.

Make no mistake about it, these are antique vehicles now. They are pretty desirable among the custom car crowd, and are considered classic trucks, on par with the Chevy Cameo, the Ford F-1, and other truck legends. Specimens in good shape will not come cheap. On the plus side, parts for these trucks are incredibly easy to get, with many aftermarket companies making reproduction parts, and plenty of factory OEM parts everywhere. The C10 is also very simple to work on; I've done a lot of the work myself. The stylish and classic lines of these trucks also stand out in a crowd, and my old beast always draws comments and inspires nostalgia among fellow motorists. Creature comforts are few, but this old sled always puts a smile on my face.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2002

4th Oct 2002, 14:19

When I was smaller I saw a 1968 C-10 since then I always wanted one. When I became a freshman in high school I found one, But it was a 1969 which in my mind was better. It's been about 5 years since than and I'm still working on it. You could do a ton of stuff on it. Now it's my pride and joy. I put a 327 small block, 4 barrel carburetor, headers, the works. I'm still not done on, and I hope, I never do.

9th May 2006, 14:40

Hay I am 16 and am about to buy a "72 C10 from my dad for $2,000. I was wondering if that was a fair price for it since it was just rebuilt from the ground up before the radiator gave out. It looks really cool!!!

7th Jun 2010, 19:59

I was thinking of purchasing a similar C10, and was wondering about the cost to change over to hardened valve seats?