Farm Truck! 1968 Chevrolet C-10

Perfectly faded, dented, and showing some surface rust, this RWD 1968 Chevrolet C-10 in Upland, Indiana shows the honest lumps and scars of a quintessential American workhorse. You don’t get a dent like that left rear without having some stories to tell. It’s like walking into a bar with a scar on your face. Purchased from a farm, the V8, standard shift C-10 runs and drives but needs a thorough going-through, including some carburetor work, before hitting the highways. One interesting feature is the optional factory wood-floor on the eight-foot bed. If you can stomach the ALL CAPS listing here on eBay, you’ll find more details and pictures of this grizzled farmhand. At least four bidders have raised the ante above $1500.

The White Hat treatment served as “poor man’s air conditioning,” reflecting heat from the cab. When I moved to Virginia in 1997 it was common to see older cars and trucks with either factory or hand-painted white tops, but I haven’t seen one in years. The forward rake suggests helper springs or heavier replacement springs to boost the payload. The second-generation “C” trucks came with coil springs in the 10 and 20 models for a more car-like ride. The progressive coils ride soft when lightly loaded while firming up underweight. Step up to the 5000 lb GVW C-10 (mandatory if you wanted the new-for-’68 top-dog 396 cid V8) and you got traditional leaf springs. Thanks to GMHeritageCenter for some details.

Duct tape makes the ideal upholstery repair, though I may have sprung for a roll of red. My Grandfather had a ’67 C-10 in appliance white. At one point the passenger’s door wouldn’t stay closed so it had a rope you held or tied to something to keep it from flying open. What’s more Hillbilly than that? When we washed the outside we could also run the hose on the rubber floor mats and let the dirty water run out the open doors.

Above the 250 cid and 292 cid inline six-cylinder engines came 307 (5.0L) and 327 cid (5.4L) V8s, one of which we see here. The North Carolina title shows it as rebuilt or reconstructed, so that’s worth investigating for two reasons:  first, most if not all states require a title in the seller’s name because “skipping” the title denies the government tax revenue, and second, because you may not want a truck that’s been totaled and not properly reconstructed unless you understand the nature of what branded the title.

One look at this view and fans of the street racing show Street Outlaws immediately think of the Farmtruck. Powered by a 502 cid (8.2L) big-block Chevy crate engine with two-stage nitrous, the Farmtruck trolls the streets, stalking innocent victims who think they can take it down with their shiny streetcars. The seller of this genuine farm truck suggests a similar approach with this one, and why not? Would you put this Chevy to work on the farm or turn it into a big-block sleeper?

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Comments

  1. Al

    As I previously stated Oct 31, 2020:
    I once had a ’68 Chevrolet C10 camper special, with a V7, never could get that odd cylinder to work properly.
    It had a column shift that I had to pull back on the yoke of the steering wheel to get into reverse or 1st gear. The teeth in front of the firewall did not line up properly.
    Once I saw something hanging below the cab behind the seat, so I kicked it up from the outside and my foot got stuck in the body. It was the jack hanging down.
    It got about 22 mpg at 65 mph, because I flipped the air-cleaner upside down and it did not burn oil that much. I eventually gave it away as only had 642,300 original miles on it. Yes 642,300 is a correct mileage.

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  2. Dusty Rider

    I can only state one certainty, and that’s that Duct tape of any color does NOT make an ideal upholstery repair.

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    • Todd Fitch Staff

      Dusty Rider… Not even in red? My comment was tongue-in-cheek, but it is at least “appropriate” for a true farm truck, if not quite perfect. :-)

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      • Dusty Rider

        LOL, I stand by my comment, as a voice of experience.

      • Phlathead Phil

        Duct tape first, then a cheap seat cover!!!

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  3. Phlathead Phil

    Price is CORRECT!!!

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  4. Jim

    “Step up to the 5000 lb GVW C-10 (mandatory if you wanted the new-for-’68 top-dog 396 cid V8) and you got traditional leaf springs.”

    Not necessarily true. I have a 69 C-10 with leaf springs. My truck is a two wheel drive but it has the heavy duty suspension option.

  5. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    When I see these old trucks I always think of the Kelly tires green 69 model I owned at one time. 307 was the engine it came with driving a three speed manual. When that engine gave up life I put an Olds 350 with automatic transmission in it. Good old beater truck. I might start looking around Texas for another one.
    God bless America

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  6. Dave kirschnick Member

    Hmm interesting. Just sold my suburban. Have to look it up somehow on e bay .. couple states over though .

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  7. Lee Powell

    My father in law had one just like this with almost 100,000 on the clock. One day while ripping down the road at 45mph the nylon teeth on the timing chain stripped, it made a bang and destroyed the engine.

  8. TimM

    The eBay ad is gone cause the truck I’m sure sold!! I guess I was late to the party!! Best looking Chevy truck of all time in my opinion!!!

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