1969 Chevrolet C10 250 from North America
Brake service (all four wheels) - regular service stuff. Not really a fault.
Valve adjustment - regular service stuff, not really a fault.
Ignition coil - They get old and go. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Charging system rebuild - Not the truck's fault. Gave my buddy a jump start. He hooked the cables up reverse polarity. Fried my voltage regulator and some wires... Had her driving home after a trip to the auto parts store and 3 hours later.
Carburetor - Seemingly no matter what adjustments I made, I would always get leakage around the air horn (Carter, Single-Barrel). Later I would figure out that (particularly in the summertime) while running unleaded fuel, heat would cause gas to turn to vapor and escape out of the gasket between the fuel bowl and air horn of the carburetor. (Google "Chevy Stove-bolts" and learn more).
Of many vehicles I have owned... Honestly this was the most "salt-of-earth" reliable vehicle I have ever owned in my life.
It was a VERY old vehicle when I bought it. Outside of an ignition coil popping on a camping trip (could happen to any vehicle with a single coil) this truck NEVER left me stranded, was cheap to repair, and was very comfortable to drive.
The bed wood was rotten and I was almost doing a "Fred Flintstone" on the driver's side cab when I bought it... Easy and cheap to repair with handtools on the cheap or "Done right" if you can weld ;)
This truck was easily and away the cheapest vehicle I have ever owned. Mind you, I maintain all my vehicles myself.
The Chevy 250 is an excellent engine... Some notes for those interested:
- Gear driven timing.
- My carb problems were a heat issue I have since learned to address. (Cooling the intake manifold... Google it)
- Cheap, standard parts, well put together.
- Not a Jaguar or Mercedes, but the 2wd coil-spring models would fool you on the straight away.
The 67-72 trucks are simply just outstanding vehicles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th February, 2014
Any carb problems can easily be fixed by installing an aftermarket Edelbrock unit; not very expensive and definitely worth it.
By the way, love these trucks, and any old school Chevys; they cannot be beat for reliability and simple, easy to fix technology!
I once owned a 1972 GMC 1/2 ton 250 straight 6, and at 370,000 miles it ran perfect and didn't even leak or burn any oil. It easily took all sorts of abuse, and was the definition of reliable.
Modern trucks may be more powerful and comfortable, but I don't think any of them can match the reliability and longevity these trucks have.
My friend owns the exact same truck, but he put a camper on it and it holds well. It has over 220,000 original miles on it too. The only thing he has ever done to it was basic maintenance, carb work, head work, and a valve job, but everything else is completely original. The truck has never broken down on him either, and has been his most reliable vehicle he's ever owned due to its simplicity (no power accessories) and easy to work on engine.
These trucks were also very solidly built. Chevy was definitely the king of trucks in those days.