Frame Off Restoration: 1969 Chevrolet C20 3/4 Ton Pickup – Sold!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Our second Action Line feature is this frame-off restored 1969 Chevrolet C20 3/4 Ton Pickup listed on Craigslist in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania that received what the seller describes as a “Professional” frame-off restoration with an asking price of $28,000.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool shows this private seller has his C20 priced $3,000 less than the current #1 “Concours” estimate of $31,000.  

“Concours Quality” to us means a vehicle needs to be operating room clean as well as be equipped and look exactly as it came from the factory.  In this case, it better matche the Protect-O-Plate on the glove box door.  If you’re going to ask close to Concours money for your truck, it better look as good or better than when it sat out in front of a Chevy dealership in 1969.  While its clear the black paint was professionally done, the after-market wheels, custom exhaust, and “Murdered” front grille already have us calling this a #2 “Excellent” example.

Starting under the hood, the private seller states this truck has a fresh 283 cubic inch small block connected to a four-speed manual.  While having a rebuilt power train with zero miles is excellent, we’re fairly certain that by 1969 the lowest displacement small-block was the 307 cubic inch and the 350 cubic inch mill was the next step up.  (Please correct us if we are wrong about that!)  Additionally, the Edelbrock dress-up kit was never factory option.

While the black interior presents almost like new, two details have us again calling this an “Excellent” condition truck.  First, if you go through the expense of doing a frame-restoration, why would you reinstall a dated aftermarket cassette stereo rather than spend $200 for a Retrosound radio that looks like stock yet provides modern blue tooth capability?  Second, the worn clutch pedal pad is such an egregious oversight when a $25 replacement such as this Rubber The Right Way part is readily available.  Its details like this that start to make one wonder where else they cheaped out during the restoration to save a couple of dollars.

If you’re looking for and are willing to spend the money for a truck where the heavy lifting restoration has been completed, this is a great example as all of the nit-picking we’ve just completed is easily resolved.  Just be sure to crawl underneath and along the sides of the bodywork to confirm the quality of the work completed.  Remember, a seller stating, “Everything was professionally done” without dropping a name simply means they paid someone to do to the restoration; it doesn’t automatically translate to them hiring a professional known for their high-quality work.  Keep that in mind during your in-person inspection and if everything checks out, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1969 Chevy C20
4 speed 283– zero miles!
Frame off restoration
Everything was professionally done
Asking $28,000
Calls only-no texts please

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