Sometimes you come across a cool pickup for sale along the side of the road on your way to the Post Office. That’s exactly what happened earlier today when we came across this 1977 Chevrolet C10 1/2 Ton Stepside project just outside of Ringoes Center, New Jersey where the private seller is looking to get $4,600. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the current caretaker has his truck priced $400 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) level of $5,000.
To manage expectations, this is a project truck with great potential. While the exterior of the cab is very straight and solid, most of the floor pan needs to be replaced. Replacement panels needed for the job come as part of the sale. Ironically, the rocker panels are solid.
The stepside style bed is very solid, however it needs brand new wood to go with the new stainless trim the seller states is part of the sale. This truck retains the passenger side saddle gas tank, so we would consider a rear frame style retrofit kit as part of the rebuild.
The seller reports that while the 305 cubic inch V8 runs, it smokes while doing it. Topping the engine is an aftermarket Holley four-barrel carburetor sending atomized fuel through an Eldebrock aluminum intake manifold. In addition to the aftermarket valve covers, we note that the solid engine bay sports both power steering and power brakes.
The suspension features six-inch dropped spindles up front and four-inch one in the rear for a very cool rake that works so well on these “Square Body” Chevy trucks. This truck also features many new suspension and brake components detailed on the window sign.
Not surprisingly, the interior is in need of a complete restoration however on the plus side you can pick whatever color you prefer and all of the components are readily available.
As long as you understand what you’re getting into with this C10 and can do much of the work yourself, this is a great project truck with loads of potential that if done properly, has a good chance of not leaving your bank account underwater if you decide to sell it. Regardless of what your plans are for this stepside, good luck with the purchase!