A pickup truck legend
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.
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