New Crate Engine Included: 1968 Chevrolet C10

The Chevy C-10 was part of the C/K series of trucks that GM built from 1960-02, with the “C” standing for 2-wheel drive and “K” for 4-wheel. The second generation of these transports was produced from 1967-72, also referred to as the “Action Line”. This 1968 edition of the C-10 is a project that needs completion and – to sweeten the pot – it comes with a crate motor and new TH-350 automatic transmission. Located in N. Augusta, South Carolina, the pick-up is available here on eBay where the bidding has reached $3,300 and there is no reserve.

Renewed for the 1967 model year, the C/K trucks would continue to utilize their drop-center ladder frame and coil-sprung rear axle, but the body was redesigned from the ground-up. GM was trying to shift the image of their trucks from being simple utilitarian vehicles to ones that families might want to use, too, with features found in GM sedans, like AM/FM radio, carpeting, and two-tone paint. The series would see few changes in 1968, with the availability of big-block V8s being the big news that year.

The seller began to restore this ’68 C-10 but work has come to a halt. This pickup is the long-bed version for hauling more and bigger stuff. We’re told there is “some rust in the normal places,” but what if you don’t know what the normal places are? The photos provided show mostly surface rust and faded white over blue paint. The front bumper is missing, and we don’t know if it’s still hanging around.

A huge step in the right direction is that a new 5.3-liter V8 engine has been sourced, along with a new  tranny and torque converter. But the photos show them in various stages of assembly. For example, one pic shows the engine back in the truck bed, while another shows it perched up front. A new MSD ignition is being provided as well as a new front suspension, which appears to have been installed. New tires are also part of the package.

The interior is largely disassembled, but the bench seat has been retained. The buyer will have to find a new steering column, so pushing it around to load may be a little tricky. And a new dash pad will be required as well as door panels. This pickup came with factory air conditioning, but we don’t know if that hardware has survived. Vintage trucks are in demand right now and Hagerty estimates a super nice one of these C-10s can top $25,000.

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Comments

  1. Chuck Foster Chuck Foster

    The normal places are the rockers, cab corners, roof drip edge, and sometimes floor/body braces, they make about all repro but not sure about drip rail. 67-72chevytrucks.com is big forum if y’all didn’t know. My 68 I sold like an idiot, that sat in backyard a long time, and developed those cool shadowed letters.

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  2. erik j

    Nice looking truck, Good start with the drivetrain. I dont think it will go cheap. The prices of decent trucks sell for a lot. I had a 73 gmc stepside, wood bed shot,rust in the regular places. It had a 454/t-400 big rear end (Dana?) factory 4:11 posi. in dash tach tilt and other options. 2 wheel drive. Later gmc came up with the street coupe package that was all that mine had. 5 years ago i had to sell it. Got $4500 that surprised me. Since then I have kept close watch and blows me away what trucks sell for. Look at the ford broncos from the 60s-70-s. I wish i could of kept that truck i had. I do see projects that i could build like my old one,but it was factory made,I like that!

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  3. Steve R

    It has potential but there are some odd choices. Why use a TH350 which needs adapters to fit an LS when a 4L60 would be a natural choice and make the truck a much better driver. No matter how nice the body, the long bed will hold it back, this isn’t going to be used as a work truck, a 6ft bed will be more than adequate and looks so much better.

    Steve R

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  4. jerry z

    Sell the LS and just put the regular small block back in the truck. Make it a driver and enjoy your ride.

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  5. robert semrad

    “The front bumper is missing, and we don’t know if it’s still hanging around.”

    Aren’t those the bumpers in the bed with the engine?

  6. greg

    I had a new long bed in 68 and two wheel drive. Not easy to get stuck and was a great truck. It had the worthless 307 that was burning oil at 50,000 miles and rebuilt at 80,000. I used it as a work/travel truck while in college and quietly still look for a rare sweet deal on a long bed 68 I can drive or restore and drive.

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