2-Owner California Find! 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup

This beautiful 1969 Chevrolet C-10 pickup is said to have been owned by two families and with the current family since 1983. The truck reportedly has just over 50K original miles and can be found for sale here on eBay with a current bid of $6,700. Located in Merced, California, the green machine has spent its entire life in California and seems relatively rust-free. Check out more of this amazing truck below!

The powerplant is a 350 cubic inch V8 with a TH400 transmission. The truck was apparently pulled off the road sometime in the late 1990s. Since it was pulled from storage its had a new battery installed along with new alternator, voltage regulator, fuel filters, and a tune-up. The great thing about this engine and transmission combo is parts are plentiful and inexpensive. You can walk into almost any auto parts store and get stuff for a Chevy 350/400.

The interior features green upholstery, carpet, steering column, dash pad, and door panels. It all looks like it’s in great shape and appears to not need any work. The ad does say “most of the electrical works” which is a little bit of a curious statement. Electrical gremlins can be very difficult to track down and repair. The good thing is all the gauges are said to work.

The truck features the typical “ranch” bumper that was common for trucks of this era. Not only are they very large and unattractive, but they also weigh a ton. If this was my truck, I’d install a roll-pan or a stock chrome-style bumper. The bed of the truck has been painted but looks like it is in good shape. Overall, this truck seems like a pretty solid ride and is ready for a new owner. If it was your truck, what would you do with it?


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Another real workin’ truck-long bed for hauling parts, dirt bikes or UTV/ATV’s. Leave the rear bumper- great for the “Back Off!!” factor in city traffic when you have to go for groceries, etc.

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    • NotSure

      I don’t find the rear bumper aesthetically appealing on this truck. However I love that bumper and would probably leave it. @Nevadahalftrack has given sound reasoning IMO. Does anyone know what the winch thingy is for? That long extension to the right is puzzling.

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    • john

      love this truck…. keep the bumper and keep it original,.. don’t ever substitute it for some Chinese made pos bumper…

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      • TimM

        Or you could melt the bumper down and get three Toyota’s out of it!!!

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  2. TimM

    Absolutely beautiful truck!! Run the s&@! Out of it the way it is!!! It’s perfect!!!! 350 w/TH 400 is the cheapest to fix and very reliable!!!

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  3. Skorzeny

    The best truck ever made. But lose the rear bumper.

  4. Jack M.

    They would still drive into that back bumper in Toronto. One guy in a Pontiac Sunbird impaled his car on my buddies trailer ball on the back of his pick up at a red light. My buddy got out and saw that there was no damage to his truck, so he just carried on and left the guy puking antifreeze all over the road.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      I was at a stop light minding my own business when a couple in a Toyota Tercel pile into the back of my ’79 GMC. There was a little divet in my bumper next to the hitch and one 3/4 bolt was sheared off. The most damage to my truck was when the back of my head took out the LH panel of my rear window. The Tercel folded up like an accordian. Both occupants heads smashed against the windshield; the engine broke loose from its mounts and pushed through the firewall trapping the driver’s feet. They had to use the Jaws of Life and a port-o-power to get those people out. They hit me going about 30 mph. Good solid bumper and a good solid truck. When I saw the devastation to that car, I wonder how they could allow that crap to run on the roads…

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      • TimM

        Geomechs I agree with crumple points on a car as long as there on other cars!! I got hit in the rearend at a stop by a 80’s something ford escort!! I was driving a 69 ford van!! It bent the bumper up passed the back doors!! I couldn’t open them but it never touched the body!! The motor on the escort broke through the firewall and the car was totaled!!! I cut and bolted a piece of 6 inch c-channel on the back of my van the bumper was wasted!! I inadvertently stepped on the brake harder at the point of impact because I had my foot on the brake at the stop!!! Story’s like this today due to cell phone use usually don’t sound as good as are experiences!! Glad I’m here to talk about it!!

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        I’m glad to still be here too. For a couple of years I had tiny shards of glass ooze out of the back of my head. They would itch so I would scratch, then they would bleed and there would be a piece of glass maybe an eighth of an inch across come out. Stained a lot of good shirts. That happened in 1980; it seems like yesterday. I don’t think anyone carried cellphones back then…

  5. Papa Bear

    That is a heavier truck than a C10, should be a 3/4 ton with the longer bed, 9ft, maybe……

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      It looks like a C20 or C30 Longhorn…

      • Rosco

        Ad says C30 Longhorn, so you’re correct.

  6. Mountainwoodie

    I think its a one ton..C-30………definitely NOT a C-10.nice truck.

  7. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    They did make C-10 half ton pickups with long bed, I owned one. I bought mine used from a Kelly tire dealer that had used it for road service truck. It was a 307 with 3 speed manual transmission. It had a gas powered air compressor in the back. I drove that truck for a lot of miles. Best way to tell the difference is Check the lug nuts. If it has 8 lugs it’s probably 3/4 ton or bigger. This is a nice truck but I agree the price is to steep.
    God bless America

    • Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

      Also 3/4 ton and above had full floating rear axles. With that little compartment on the bottom of the bed means it was a camper truck which also points to 3/4 ton or bigger in most cases.
      God bless America

  8. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    On my desk top I can see it says it’s a c-30, which is one ton.
    God bless America

  9. PaulG

    Yup, fender emblem says C-30

  10. Eric B.

    What would I do with it? I would use it for its intended purpose. Inflated values be damned!

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  11. gbvette62

    My first summer job, I worked for a company that made pipe support systems for plumbing in industrial buildings. I often made deliveries to job sites, driving a 69 Hugger Orange C-20 Longhorn pick up. Unlike this truck, which has the Custom Sport trim, the one I drove was a base work truck, with a rubber mat interior, but it did have a 350 4bbl.

    The Longhorns were pretty neat trucks. They featured an 8 1/2′ box, created by adding a 6″ extension to the front of the bed. Unlike 8′ boxes, that had metal bed floors, the Longhorn had a wood plank floor. I don’t recall that they were all that common when they were new, and rarely turn up now.

  12. Boatman Member

    Interesting that both the option sheet and the seller mention an oil gauge, but none is present, Temp instead.

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