One-Owner & Rust-Free: 1976 Chevrolet C-10

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This one-owner, 1976 Chevy pickup, wearing two-tone Lime Green/White paint, looks like a nice survivor. And it has a topper and curtains for some weekend camping adventures. It’s part of GM’s C/K series of trucks that were built between 1960-02 throughout just four generations. Located in Ashland, Kentucky, it’s available only as trade as the seller is looking to get his hands on a nice rat rod. As such, no price is listed here on Facebook Marketplace.

The C/K truck series encompassed a wide range of vehicles, not just pickups. The model line also included chassis-cab and medium-duty trucks and served as the basis for GM full-size SUVs. The C/K’s competed directly against the Ford F-Series and the Dodge D series (later the Dodge Ram pickup). “C” stood for 2-wheel-drive while “K” was for 4-wheel drive. The C-10 was Chevy’s most popular model, being a half-ton pickup with 2WD.

From 1973-91, the third generation of the trucks was built, including the seller’s model, and became known as the “square bodies.” Earlier editions were subject to premature rust, which explains why you don’t see that many from the 1970s running around compared to a Ford. In the case of the seller’s pickup, it doesn’t look as though that’s ever been a problem, although the views provided don’t allow for scrutiny, especially underneath.

Although the truck has been listed by a dealer, its surroundings are more barn-like. The truck is said to have 83,000 miles on it with a 350 cubic inch V8 paired with an automatic transmission. The same party has owned the truck for the past 45 years but is looking to go in a different direction. Rather than sell the truck outright, the seller would rather trade for a nice rat rod, one that has been well-done, of course. Depending on how you assess the condition, this truck could be worth from $10-20,000, Good to Excellent.

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  1. Bakyrdhero BakyrdheroMember

    What a strange way to sell a truck. Why not sell it for cash and put that towards a rat rod?

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  2. Steve R

    This is closer in value to $10k than $20k, it might not even reach $10k if it doesn’t come across well in an eyes in inspection. The market is in different places when it comes to long bed vs short beds, price wise, short beds win hands down. That’s never going to change.

    As mentioned above, cash has a lot of advantages, mainly, it gives you access to a much broader slice of the cars available. That’s never a bad thing.

    Steve R

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  3. Pete

    Two word: Farm Tuck.

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  4. HoA Howard AMember

    The gee-gaws and “chicken lights” indicate an old truckers truck. I recognize it well. I suppose there’s been enough fanfare on these lately, a lousy ad like this is all that’s needed. Apparently, they sell themselves, which is great, because I hate selling stuff. Looks like a good truck, lot cleaner than mine. Price? You decide, I give up.

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  5. misterlouMember

    I think the real answer is learn how to rotate your pics 90 degrees.

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  6. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972Member

    The seller is really limiting the himself by trying to find somebody looking to swap their rat rod for a vintage pickup. Steve R has a good point; sell it for cash and then go look for a rat rod. The pictures are terrible and that probably won’t get him as much interest as better, more detailed ones. Getting rid of the goofy bug shield and the spot lights would help, too. The seller doesn’t say much in the way of details about the truck and why he couldn’t move to truck outside for better pictures is another mistake. To me, those old caps look like crap and they’re heavy; that would be the first thing I’d ditch. It may be a really nice truck but the sellers presentation and his interest in a swap only deal will make it a tough sell.

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  7. geomechs geomechsMember

    Sure would like to see more pictures although I have to admit that what I see looks quite well maintained but does show a lot of ‘Baba Customizing.’ If it came my way most of that stuff would go. For the truck itself, nothing much to say except that it will go on forever. There’s been a few of these that actually crossed the Million Mile Mark. Of course, that wouldn’t be without maintenance; there’s probably been some major rebuilds along the way. I’ve seen several of these cross the three-hundred-thousand-mile mark without much more than tightening up the crush sleeve on the differential pinion, water pump, and timing chain replacement, a few sets of brake pads; starter and alternator maintenance, and maybe a radiator. Oh, can’t forget belts and hoses…

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