1985 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
Restored Square Body
1985 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
- Texas Truck
- 2010 Frame Off Restoration
- Rebuilt 350ci SBC 4bbl V8 with Mild Cam
- 700R4 Automatic Transmission with Overdrive
- Foose Staggered Wheels: 18 inch Front, 20 inch Rear
- Custom Grill and Grant Steering Wheel
- Flowmaster Dual Exhaust with SS Tips
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“Chevy Trucks. Tough and Tightfisted.” -Period Chevrolet truck magazine advertisement
The above-quoted magazine ad went on to trumpet the Chevy pickup's computer-matched brakes (“front disc brakes and finned-drum rear brakes are automatically computer-matched to gross vehicle weight”); tough ladder-type frame (“design allows low cab mounting, easy entry”); counter-angled rear shocks (“to help reduce brake and power hop”); long vehicle life (“95.7% of all Chevy trucks in the ten most recent model years were still on the job.”); and longer service intervals (30,000 miles between spark plug changes, 7,500 miles between oil changes and chassis lubrication, 30,000 miles between air cleaner elements). The ad summed it all up with the Chevy truck theme: "Built to Stay Tough."
The '85 Chevy C10 shortbed pickup offered here was substantially upgraded in a 2010 frame-off restoration, with custom touches added. This a 35-year-old Chevy pickup that looks nowhere near its age. As to truth in advertising, this pickup didn't just “stay tough,” it got a lot tougher. Also lower and better looking, too. Mileage shown on the odometer is 29,098.
The exterior red paint is a Chevy classic color and its professional application here is excellent. All body panels—from the hood, across the roof, to the cargo short-bed and tailgate—display an even high gloss, deep reflectivity, and an absence of scratches, dings, or dents. The front chrome bumper is in similarly excellent condition; the rear bumper has been removed for a “shaved” look. Other chrome, including the wheel-arch trim, window (and drip rail) trim, side-view mirrors and door handles is bright and shiny (with light patina on the driver's door handle). The truck's stock front grille has been replaced with a full-width, phantom-style polished horizontal grille. Original stacked headlights and indicator lights shine through the grille, but “disappear” behind it when turned off. It's a very appealing custom look. All factory badges and emblems have been deleted and a current bowtie-Chevrolet-logo decal has been applied to the tailgate. The inside of the short-bed cargo box shows signs of normal use and wear. It is protected with a soft bed cover stretched over supporting aluminum struts anchored to the truck's body. Completing the custom look on its lowered suspension are chrome, 5-spoke Foose® staggered-size wheels—18-inch in front, 20-inch on the rears—mounted with performance tires.
Inside the cab, the stock, red-and-black interior look has been maintained and, like the rest of the truck, tastefully upgraded. Stock black door trim includes roll-up window handles, a woodgrain door pull, and custom brushed-metal trim. The factory steering wheel in black with a red bowtie-logo center frames a soft-covered black dash with lower portions in red. The shift lever for the 700R4 automatic transmission (with overdrive) is column-mounted. More of the custom, brushed-metal trim surrounds the factory instruments. Another matching brushed-metal trim piece faces the passenger. The bench seat has been reupholstered in vertically pleated charcoal cloth with a center vinyl insert in red. A Chevrolet-branded radio is mounted in the proper location below the stock slide-lever controls for heat and air conditioning. Cabin floors are covered in black carpeting which is free of excessive wear and protected by red-bowtie-logo carpet mats. Cabin glass is clear.
Under the hood is a 350-cubic-inch V8 4-barrel with mild cam. A chrome, K&N®-embossed air-cleaner cover and chrome valve covers add flair. The engine bay is very clean and tidy; components, wiring, and plumbing have all been professionally installed. Viewed from below, the lowered suspension, exhaust headers, and full-length, properly routed FlowMaster® dual exhaust system (with chrome SS tips) steal the show.
While the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '85 Chevy C10 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
As the country music lyric goes, “There's just something about a pickup man.” Whether male or female, the next owner of this perfectly customized and lowered, short-bed '85 Chevy C10 can expect the truck's special “something” to generate plenty of compliments and serious respect for this one-of-a-kind beauty.