Thanks to Pat L. for tracking down this 1969 Chevrolet C20. This options-heavy Custom Camper pickup is listed on Hemmings with an asking price of $6,900 and that price is negotiable. If you live in Ottertail, Minnesota you’re in luck, that’s where this one is located. The seller calls this one a “muscle pickup” because of its 396 V8 engine.
This Chevy C20 is a 3/4-ton Custom Camper pickup and it’s probably the minimum that you would want if you’re planning on sliding a big camper in the box. We had a 1969 Ford F-250 Camper Special with a big Winnebago slide-in camper and it probably should have been a one-ton, with dual wheels in the rear. That camper was probably too heavy for that 3/4-ton pickup. I don’t know if this truck has ever held a camper but it’s got a bigger engine than our Ford had. This one has a 396, ours had a 360.
This almost looks like a K20 to me, a 4×4, but it isn’t. This pickup has been sitting for 25 years so it’ll have to be gone through. Hagerty lists a 1969 Chevy C20 such as this one as being valued at $4,500 in #4 “fair” condition and $9,100 in #3 “good” condition. This example may be somewhere in-between those two categories. But, you can see that it needs work, or it does if you’d want it to look like new again. This is a second-generation Chevy C-series truck made from 1967 to 1972 and they had the nickname “Action Line”.
The interior looks pretty good but there are things that need to be fixed here, too. There’s no word on the AC working and I’d be 99% confident in saying that it isn’t working. That will be the last of your worries anyway, there’s a lot of work to do on this pickup before you’ll be needing that AC. This truck was made in Freemont, California and the seller says that it’s a western truck, but it’s still showing some rust-through spots that will need your help.
Here’s that 396 cubic-inch V8. The seller says that it runs good and it has factory AC, quite a luxury for a pickup in the late-1960s. I’m not sure if this is a two-barrel or a four-barrel carb under that rusty air cleaner housing. I’m assuming that it’s a two-barrel carb which should put the horsepower in the 265 range and I believe that the 396 was only available in Chevy pickups in 1968 and 1969. In 1970, the 396 was enlarged to be a 402 cubic inch. The seller says that this engine runs good but any one of us would want to go through the usual routine on this truck to get it back in shape again. What do you think about this “muscle pickup”? It looks fairly solid but there will be a laundry list of things to go through before you’re daily-driving this one, or muscling those Ford pickup drivers!