5.3L LS V8 Vortec
Here at Streetside Classics we\'re lucky enough to find some of the coolest old trucks in the South, which coincidentally makes them some of the coolest old trucks in the world, and this 1985 Chevrolet C10 is no exception. Coming from warm, sunny Texas – it\'s clean and solid – and features a modern 5.3L Vortec V8 mated to an automatic overdrive transmission, a host of choice options, luxurious leather interior, and a killer (and intentional) \'patina\' paint job make it a whole lot nicer than your average vintage pickup.
We\'re seeing more and more of \'Squarebody\' trucks getting complete makeovers, and someone obviously spend a good chunk of change getting this Chevy one into tip-top shape. Fortunately, by the looks of things, this short bed needed very little surgery (if any – the Vehicle History Report shows zero accidents) to look this good, and the builders made the right choice to go with a deliberate, patina-style paint job. We could almost call it a faux-patina, as all that that \'wear\' and \'rust\' you see was purposely applied to whatever minor surface wear that was already on this very solid truck, but what\'s important is that they made it look fairly uniform and very unique, and then buried it underneath a coat of clearcoat to seal it up for posterity. Sure, it\'s 100% a driver, like any vintage truck with this kind of hardware should be, but it looks just right whether pulling up at Home Depot or at your favorite restaurant for a night out on the town. They builders did things the right way and it\'s obvious that most (if not all) of the trim was removed for the respray, blacked-out, and reinstalled to add to its well-dressed look. The short bed and regular cab are arguably the best combination for a truck that might still do some work on weekends, and it gives the truck great proportions and a purposeful look. And speaking of hauling, the bed is a wonderful combination of beauty and brawn – where a utilitarian tailgate matches the rest of the truck, and the interior of the bed was lined with durable, black spray-in bedliner and left \'dusty\' rather than slathered in silicone. By the look of the inside of the bed, this truck hasn\'t done much hauling in its life, as it\'s free from any of the major dents or dings that are typically found in work trucks. New headlight lenses are the perfect contrast to the \'old beater\' look, and the front chin spoiler, LS1 and Vortec MAX badges, and bespoke \'Sandman Sand and Gravel\' logo on the doors all add to this Chevy\'s awesome curb appeal.
No sign of \'patina\' inside though, where instead the builders elected to line the cab with comfort and modern amenities. The testament of a true restomod begins and ends with how the driver feels behind the wheel, and because we\'ve driven this Chevy a couple times since she entered our inventory we can certainly attest to the truck\'s comfort. That all starts with that beautifully upholstered bench seat, stitched up with high-end Saddle leather in a gorgeous pattern that\'s matched by the flanking door panels, drop-in arm rest (complete with cup holders), and the impeccably wrapped dash pad up ahead. and split by a matching center console. Plush dark brown carpets line the cab floor and insulate it from the outside world, and a taut suede headliner was installed above with surrounding brown trim that really sets it off. A leather-wrapped billet steering wheel mounted atop a tilt column anchors the cockpit and feels great in the hands of the driver, joined on the column by a chrome shifter that manages the 4L60E automatic transmission below. Beyond the steering wheel, the instrument panel was filled with a full array of fresh-faced, factory-spec gauges that keep an accurate eye on the modern block under the hood, although an extra FAST air/fuel pressure gauge was added below to supplement the stock units. The original radio was swapped in favor of a Kenwood double-din, multi-media stereo that fits neatly into the lower part of the dash
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