Classic Car Watch
|NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.|
March 1, 2010
By Scott Lewis
This month we take a break from cars and only show trucks. I even decided to skip the car/truck that we all know as the El Camino. After all, why muddy the waters.
The reason trucks become popular is two reasons. 1) Some people like trucks more than cars. I don't get those people. I would take a nice car to a nice truck any day. 2) Classic cars have grown so much in price that an old truck is the closest thing to a V-8 powered muscle "vehicle" from the sixties and early seventies that is affordable... and even that term is being stretched.
Regardless, this is trucks month on Classic Car Watch.
1956 Chevrolet Truck - $8,250
Description: You are viewing a 1956 Chevrolet Truck. It has a great running 350 engine, turbo 350 transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, Camaro front clip, up graded rear end, and more. It runs and drives great with lots of power. This is a solid driver with amateur paint and lots of potential.
Source: Harwell Motors
Comments: Lots of potential. I see that. The Camaro front clip is a common het rodding trick. The early Camaros have a front sub-frame. Just weld up the frame rails to the truck for a vast improvement in front suspension capabilities. If done right it makes this a perfect project vehicle. The price makes this temping as well. I could see this as a nice project.
1955 Chevrolet C10 - $11,900
Description: You are viewing a 1955 Chevrolet C10 truck. This truck is in excellent condition with a great running straight six. The previous owner was planning on street rodding it so he installed a brand new $3000 currier 9 inch rear end. It runs and drives great. The interior is also in excellent condition.
Source: Harwell Motors
Comments: I love the straight six. A little more expensive than our 56 above, but if the quality of the vehicle is good I can see this as a fun truck to play with.
1956 Chevy Truck - $19,900
Description: 1956 Chevy Show Truck with only 302 miles since being built . This truck has a mild built 350 with Edelbrock intake and cam. Transmission is a Muncie 4 speed with Hurst shifter. Suspension consists of a Camaro front clip, air ride 4 link rear, disc brakes, power steering and 18/20 inch coy polished wheels. The body is rust free with nice Corvette yellow base coat/clear coat paint. Also has a custom built tilt hood that works like a factory piece. All new glass with nice chrome top it off. It has a custom stainless fuel cell mounted in the back with a stainless plate bed floor. The interior is extremely nice finished out with leather/suede buckets, custom gauges, tilt column, suede headliner and door panels, hand stitched carpets, custom console, lever e-brake, CD player and more. The pictures do not do this truck justice. Rides and drives like a dream and could go anywhere. Fully done underneath and extremely clean.
Source: Harwell Motors
Comments: This is here to show you what the first two truck could be. Here is a finished hot rod truck. In fact, I would save the images as a model for how to build up either of the other two.
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Pick Up - $9,200
Description: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair PickUp: 77,126 miles showing, less than 1,000 miles on the rebuilt "Air Cool" engine and automatic transmission.
Source: Classic Auto Showplace
Comments: I saw this a while ago and had to save the ad. Jay Leno restored a Corvair Pickup. He will tell you that he spent $50K restoring a vehicle worth $15K. Check out Jay's Corvair and watch the video. I love the part about not hearing the engine because it is so far back (over the rear wheels). You have to love that.
1966 Chevrolet C10 Pickup - $12,995
Description: This orange truck is powered by a 502 Cubic inch crate motor. It has a built 700R4 to handle the power for the big block. Custom orange and white leather interior. The bed is off of a mid 90's Chevy truck and has a tonneau cover and carpet on the inside. Air Conditioning, Leather Interior, Power Seats, Power Steering & Tilt Wheel.
Source: Streetside Classics
Comments: This is a perfect example of why people look at trucks instead of cars. Here we have a 66 Chevy with a 502 crate motor for $13K. If this was a Chevelle or Impala it would three times more. It also has A/C and leather interior. Notice that it has a late model bed installed. I have seen this before (and you will too in just a moment)
1966 Dodge Sportsman Van - $ 8,900
Description: 318 V8 with 727 automatic transmission, modified heavy duty front axle, dual exhaust, c/d stereo, new rally wheels & tires, finish interior the way you want, solid California body, runs & drives like new.
Source: Old Town Automobile
Comments: Why not a van. I get nostalgic when looking at there. I was a teenager in the 70's during the van craze. I could see doing a tasteful 70's style project with this.
1967 Chevrolet C10 - $8,950
Description: Chevrolet Custom long-box. Show quality blue metallic finish, no rust. All do gorgeous correct blue interior. Detailed 350, 2BBL, power steering, cold factory air, all factory gauges, newly detailed. Chevy rally wheels and new radial tires.
Source: Classic Car Values
Comments: This would be a perfect truck if it was a short bed. But then again short beds cost more. The short beds look better and since we are getting a truck as a replacement for a classic car we are not looking for serious hauling. So if you don't mind the long bed this is an affordable classic with lots of potential. Cold A/C doesn't hurt either.
1968 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup - $6,900
Description: Very clean 1968 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup, long bed, beige metallic / white roof, V8, auto, factory am radio, dual exhaust, snap tonneau cover, chrome wheels, new Uniroyal white lettered tires, 54k miles, original window sticker, have original steel wheels with hubcaps, drives wonderful!
Source: Klemme Klassic Kars
Comments: Another long bed. And even cheaper, though in a less desirable color and no mention of A/C. If that is 54K original miles that is a huge plus.
1972 Chevrolet Short Bed Truck - $7,900
Description: You are viewing a 1972 Chevrolet Short bed truck. This truck has a great running 350, automatic transmission, cold AC, power steering, power disc brakes, bed liner, Rallye wheels, dual exhaust and more. It runs and drives great with working AC. This is a great deal on a short bed so don't miss out.
Source: Harwell Motors
Comments: Here we have another modern bed put on an old truck. This is probably far more economical than fixing a beaten up original bed. You have to decide if this look works for you. Generally speaking you get a V-8 powered rear wheel drive vehicle from a time before emissions choked performance.