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California Survivor! 1964 Chevrolet K10 4×4

This 1964 Chevrolet K10 is an original California survivor 4×4. It has less than 53K original miles and can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $12,800. After spending most of its life in Northern California it is now located in Nampa, Idaho. It has amazing sun-kissed patina and is a little out-of-the-box being a 4-wheel-drive version of the popular Chevrolet pickup from the mid-60s. Take a look at this survivor and see what you think.

Here you can see the original California Black Plates are still on the truck. They were issued between 1963 and 1969 and are a highly recognizable accessory to a California classic vehicle. “New” black plates are available as well for any vehicle, but there’s something about one from this era that makes them look great.

These trucks were built for work and you can tell the interior is no-frills. Metal dash, rubber flooring, and vinyl seat cover all serve a function. This truck is even more simple by having both the radio-delete and heater delete options! The seller says the interior is all original and all the gauges work along with the lights and signals.

The engine is a 292 cubic inch 6-cylinder which is said to run great. From the photos, it looks very original and untouched. You can see the very small brake master cylinder on the firewall. This would probably be the first upgrade I did if this was my truck. Especially with it being a 4×4. What do you think?

Overall, this is a really clean original truck. The fact that it is a 4×4 makes it even cooler. The seller says it gets a ton of attention wherever it goes and I believe it. If you had the choice between a 1964 C10 or K10, which would you choose?


  1. Rhett

    Now that’s what a truck looks like. Poseurs, take note.

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    My father was one of the first to buy a non-surplus Jeep 4×4 in the form of a ’56 Binder S-120. After taking it back to the shop for countless repairs, Dad became convinced that 4x4s were troublesome and not worth the extra expense. Little did he know that the ranch foreman was the root of the trouble; that man could destroy anything that didn’t have hair on it. Dad finally decided to give 4×4 another try so in the fall of ’64 he got a new Chevy stepside which served its purpose quite well. The only breakdown we had with it was when it was in use out on the prairie and a rear wheel snagged a long piece of loose barbed wire which wrapped itself around the axle and tore off the brake line. Just untangling the wire took over an hour. The truck eventually was used up and replaced with a ’67 Ford F-250 4×4.

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    • petemcgee

      Geomechs, did the transfer case in yours whine from new? Ours did. Got used to it over time, sort of like the radio playing. I can just hear it now, bluebird sunny summer day, humming down a gravel road with my arm out the window and not a care in the world.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        I remember that you definitely knew when it was in 4×4 mode. I also remember the tag on the dash: “This vehicle is equipped with DANA-SPICER hub-lock.” After encountering a lot of obstacles on the prairie and crossing the river numerous times, they became increasingly difficult to engage. Finally had to resort to carrying a pair of channel-lock pliers.

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      • Dave

        my late Uncle’s first vehicle was a ’65 GMC 3/4 ton 4×4 with the V6. The transfer case whined like a police siren. He taught me to drive a manual trans in that truck.

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    • Mountainwoodie

      Tha’s hilarious! Even though of course its not. The Peter Principle at work though.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    I would like to take this one straight home and put it to work for a while to evaluate it and plan out the restoration. Who knows, I might just drive it and let my SIL decide what to do with it after I’m no longer around. Very nice truck.

    I saw one at the BJ auction a few years back. It was equipped very similar to this one. Sure wouldn’t kick it off my driveway…

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  4. Eric

    Ahh yes, of course it’s in the PNW, where the bars are the best. Definitely what a real truck looks like and also what awesome patina looks like. Not solid brown pukey surface rust everywhere. This should be preserved, loved and maintained and never painted.

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    • Eric

      Bars!? I meant cars, but maybe they have good bars too

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      • Skorzeny

        There is a bar in Burlington Wa, where every time a train goes by on the nearby tracks, everyone gets a free shot. I don’t know what kind of shot though… Train Wreck Bar.
        This is a great truck, and it’s neat that it brings back memories for you guys.

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  5. F Again

    Learned to drive stick in the old man’s ’60 Chevy Apache 4WD wrecker. Unstoppable! It had a plow out front during the snow months, and occasionally I’d come home from school on the weekends concurrent with a blizzard, get good and tanked up, then hop into the old dear and tear around the snowpacked hometown, doing silly stuff like donuts in my old high school’s front yard, barrel-assing through skating rinks or my favorite goof- randomly plowing people’s driveways, just to imagine their surprise/amazement the next morning.

    Gotta find me one of these guys, someday.

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    • local_sheriff

      Randomly plowing peoples’ driveways – kids have terrorized neighborhoods with worse pranks than that… 👍

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      • F Again

        Randomly stopped and towed folks out of snowdrifts, too, and refused payment- that’s my kind of antisocial badassery.

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  6. Mike

    It’s perfect. Just buy and drive

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  7. Raymond Smith

    I need some education. It says heater delete and I agree, I see no controls. I also see a big box on the passenger side firewall with a couple of heater hoses running to it. The add also says “The interior is all original the heater,speedometer and all gauges work as they should.” What gives? Is it some sort of always on unit? Thanks in advance for any insight.

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    • Scuderia

      Raymond, this truck has the standard heater with single control . My ’66 has two options, “deluxe heater” which has three sliding bars instead of the single knob and California smog equipment which I guess was considered an option :)

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      • Raymond Smith

        Thanks for the explanation!

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  8. Johnny

    Now that is when they made good solid vehicles. I,d re-seal the rain drip rail. Check it out –tinker on what needs to be done and rive it. I wonder how many NEW VEHICLES TODAY—WILL HOLD UP LIKE THIS OLD TRUCK AND WENT THROUGH WHAT THIS TRUCK HAS IN 56 YEARS? Now I guess that is a stupid question. Probably now. In a very short while the new ones start rusting away and start having electronic problems. Very little goes wrong with the old ones. Great comments about a great truck. Thank you all. Sure wished it was mine.

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  9. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    Heater delete? Someone must have added a heater at some point as I see the heater hoses going to the firewall.
    Nice truck, but 4 wheel drive just not needed here in Houston, Texas.
    Have a brother who lives in Nampa, Idaho, but he’s 85 now and lives in assisted living so I doubt he’d want this truck.
    God bless America

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  10. Al

    My dad had a ’64 C10 , blue like this but 2wd, back in Bridgeport he had his Hobart welder on and the tanks oxy & acetylene along w/100′ cables & hoses each. Was always a half ton overweight so would replace every other year. Didnt want the 20 series as have to stretch over the top all the time to access everything.

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