Ready To Drive! 1960 Chevrolet C10 Pickup

The range of classic vehicles that are found languishing in barns can be pretty astonishing. This 1960 Chevrolet C10 was transformed into a cool custom by a previous owner but then remained hidden away for 15-years. The current owner has revived it and returned the Pickup to a roadworthy state. All good things must come to an end, so he has decided to list the C10 for sale here on Barn Finds Classifieds. It is located in Delavan, Wisconsin, and the owner has set the sale price at a very reasonable $19,500.

I liked this C10 from the moment that I first saw it. The yellow paint is bright and vibrant, and it is guaranteed to attract its share of attention. The paint is largely as it was when the owner discovered the vehicle, although he has performed some touch-up work in a few areas. He has completed the work so that it offers a good match to the existing paint finish. It holds a healthy shine and is of good driver quality. Some buyers might be tempted to perform a cosmetic refresh, but this is by no means necessary. Rust is not a significant issue, with the owner stating that there are only a few minor spots. It seems that none of these will require immediate attention, which leaves the Pickup structurally sound. The color-coded steel wheels with chrome trim rings and center caps suit the Pickup well, and when combined with the ride-height drop, make this classic look pretty purposeful. The chrome and painted trim are excellent, while the glass is free from scratches and other defects.

The Pickup’s bed is generally good, with custom milled timber that offers a striking contrast to the yellow paint. The painted surfaces do have some marks, but once again, there is nothing that would demand immediate attention. The owner chose to move the fuel tank from behind the seat to under the bed, which is not only a wise move from a safety perspective but will provide improved storage in the cab.

A previous owner performed the custom build in 1992. They ditched the Chevy’s original 6-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual transmission and slotted a 350ci V8 and 3-speed automatic transmission in its place. Shortly after the work was completed, they parked it in a Wisconsin barn. There it sat for 15-years before the current owner discovered and revived it around 2-years-ago. The 350 was coaxed back to life and then fitted a 650cfm Holley carburetor. He tackled the rear end, treating it to a rebuild, new seals, new rear brake shoes, and new wheel cylinders. The mechanical refurbishment was completed by adding a front disc brake conversion and power steering, which should make the C10 an effortless driver. He completed the process with a few chrome cosmetic enhancements, and that is where things stand today. The owner describes the C10 as a great driver, and he says that he would have no hesitation in driving it anywhere.

The builder chose to continue the yellow paint theme inside the C10, contrasted by dark trim and upholstery. The owner fitted new sun visors, reupholstered the armrests, and installed a vintage air conditioning system. With that work completed, the interior would seem to need nothing. The upholstery is in excellent condition, as is the floor mat. The thick steering wheel should feel comfortable on longer journeys, and with power steering, it won’t make the C10 feel heavy in tighter situations. As well as A/C to keep the occupants comfortable, a CD player will help relieve boredom on longer trips.

This 1960 Chevrolet C10 should appeal to two types of buyers. It has no immediate needs, so it should tick the right boxes for people looking for a turn-key classic pickup. However, for potential buyers looking for a straightforward project to place their mark on, it has to be an attractive proposition. All of the heavy lifting has been completed, which means that anything that remains would be minor detail work. Me? I’d drive it as it stands. It has bags of character, and the very fact that it isn’t some trailer queen means that it can be enjoyed in a relaxed manner without the fear of it receiving the occasional chip or mark. It offers its next owner a world of enjoyment, and isn’t that what the classic motoring experience is supposed to be all about?

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    I like it. It’s just right and you can enjoy driving it.

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  2. Ken

    Yellow does not hide bondo

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  3. Sam Shive

    this is not a 1960

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    • Dave

      A 1962 hood will bolt on without any modifications to the truck. I’m just guessing, but I think thats what happened here. The dash is right for 1960. I’m glad the P/O performed the mods so the truck will be much nicer to drive, and will therefore be driven more, and more people will get to see one driving on something other than a backroad. The “faithful restoration only” crowd has yet to chime in, this should be fun.

      Like 7
    • 1st Gear

      At least not the hood and grill.

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    • 1st Gear

      The VIN checks out to be what seller claims it to be. I do think that the front end “treatment” (newer hood & grill) is a good move. Would like to see more pics of rust prone areas and torsion bar mounts.

    • Don Schultz

      Hood was changed in 1992

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  4. Dave

    A 1962 hood will bolt on without any modifications to the truck. I’m just guessing, but I think thats what happened here. The dash is right for 1960. I’m glad the P/O performed the mods so the truck will be much nicer to drive, and will therefore be driven more, and more people will get to see one driving on something other than a backroad. The “faithful restoration only” crowd has yet to chime in, this should be fun.

  5. Ken Carney

    You’re right Sam. Looks more like a ’63
    to me. My folks owned a ’63 Chevy truck and it was shaped just like this one only ours was red with a white top
    with flipper hubcaps. Mom and my sister stitched up a really nice red and
    white interior. And since the truck had a
    topper in back, Dad and I took out the
    back glass and Mom and Sis made a
    a custom naugahyde boot so that we kids could climb from the bed to the
    front seat with relative ease. The truck
    ran a 292 straight 6 mated to a 3 on the
    tree and had a radio and a heater. I recall Dad trying to jump a small creek
    with it showing off for some friends. And no, he didn’t make it, burying the
    front of the truck in the creek bank, and
    Mom was so mad that she didn’t speak
    to him for about a week!

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  6. junkman Member

    Well this is my second attempt to ” chime in”, my first post evaporated. This is a 1960 truck with a later nose.

    BF seems to be having a few growing pains. Maybe time to upgrade the server.

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  7. MrBZ

    Looks more like my ’63.

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  8. junkman Member

    According to the VIN it’s a 60, that said a pic of the VIN plate is always helpful in deciphering whether it is the real deal. 1960 through 1963 all had the curved windshields, the nose sheet metal fits the them all from ’60 through ’66 I’m pretty sure. Not a bad looking ride, although I am a bigger fan of correct “as delivered” body panels this looks from the few photos to be a solid ride.

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  9. Dennis Tjaden

    Yes they were the same basic body until the change in 1967. In 64 the y replaced the wrap around windshield with a flat glass. All of the front clips from 60 to 66 will interchange. The hood and grill are not 60 but 63 or newer. I wonder if they left the torsion bar front suspension in place

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  10. Billy

    This says 62 and newer hood, 64 and newer grill and headlight bezels.

    https://www.onallcylinders.com/2015/02/12/ride-guides-quick-guide-1960-66-chevrolet-pickups/

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  11. Sam Shive

    I had a 60 and LIKED the way it looked…..If this has had all the front sheet metal changed HOW BAD WAS IT WRECKED?

    Like 1
  12. mark s depierro

    The hood can be any where from 1962-66, the grill is from 1963-66. Dash and body is correct for a 1960.

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