5.0 Liter V8
We get a lot of these clean mid-80s Chevy pickups, and they\'re always pleasant, clean machines. But every so often, one like this 1985 Chevrolet C10 Scottsdale shows up and smacks us around a bit. This one is every bit as clean and functional as the others, but it sports a gorgeous bright red paint job that\'s far better than stock, a smooth-running 5.0L V8 mated to an overdrive automatic transmission, and a comfortable interior loaded with good options. Way cleaner than the rest, this is one dialed-in Square Body pickup.
While we tend to overlook trucks in our everyday life, this striking C10 looks downright spectacular in its sleek Candy Apple Red livery that was applied not long ago. Maybe it\'s the way the smoke-tinted windows make it look a bit sinister, or how the lights bounce off the deep, lustrous finish, or maybe how the raked stance on those shiny wheels gives it great curb appeal – regardless, it all seems aggressive and clean at once. It\'s fairly obvious that this one has been personal transportation since it was new (and its clean, accident-free vehicle history report backs up that claim), especially as a regular cab/short bed model, and most of its hauling was probably limited to a large trophy or two and helping friends move. As a result, its bodywork is clean, smooth, and straight, with a great shine to the buffed-out finish that really pops in person. It\'s not a perfect show truck, but rather a very strong driver-quality rig with minimal imperfections to speak of, and wow does it look dialed-in when it\'s bombing down the road! Of course, things like the clean stock grille and hood certainly help, not to mention those bright American Racing wheels this beauty rides on. There\'s not a ton of trim to speak of, with the bright wheel arch moldings and fender badges leading the way in that department, but we think that\'s a very good thing because the red paint can do most of the talking. A bright chrome bumper enhances the stock look up front, the big step-bumper out back is heavy-duty spec, and the inside of the bed was professionally coated in a black spray-in bed liner just in case you still want to use it as a truck on occasion.
Open the doors to reveal the comfy cabin that\'s been neatly preserved and restored through the years, with both comfort and style in mind. The stock bench seat was redone with factory style burgundy vinyl upholstery that was punctuated with vertical pleats, there are plush red carpets underneath (protected with black floormats), and the bright red dash pad and burgundy door panels look great. Options like factory A/C , a tilt steering column, electronic cruise control, and power windows and locks make it a pleasure to drive even when you\'re not using that small block V8 to its full potential. The original steering wheel is still in place at the helm of the cockpit, and with a column shifter and power steering, it\'s a joy to handle. Better yet, the factory gauges are crystal clear with bright, easily legible markings and because they\'re all operable there was no need to install any non-matching aftermarket units under the dash. The result is a super-clean and stock look, with the only deviation being the aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette stereo in the center of the dash.
The great thing about vintage trucks is that the best of them come with V8 engines; in this truck\'s case, it\'s still running its original, numbers-matching 305 cubic inch V8, aka the 5.0L small block Chevy. Looking completely stock, it runs very well, delivering smooth power and torque without a hiccup thanks to the low miles on the clock. Most of the original components were retained, including the black air cleaner, accessories, and even the original stamped steel valve covers and air snorkel are still intact. All the original wiring remains in great condition, and with fresh-looking belts, hoses, plugs, wires, and other components, this Square Body is running at its best. The 700R4 4-speed a
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