Restoration Candidate: 1970 Chevrolet C20 CST 3/4 Ton Camper Special – SOLD!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday


May 30th Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this truck sold.  This one may have 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

It’s getting very hard to find restorable “Action Line” Chevrolet trucks offered at a fair price based on the true condition, so this well-optioned, big-block equipped Dark Gold 1970 Chevrolet C20 3/4 Ton pickup we noticed recently on Craigslist in Mays Landing, New Jersey is a notable exception with the private seller asking $5,000. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller currently has his C20 priced $4,000 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) value of $9,000.

Chevrolet produced its popular second-generation C/K pickup from 1967 through model year 1972.  Nicknamed “The Action Line”, General Motors recognized a growing number of consumers were buying pickups for non-commercial use, so GM began to add comfort and convenience items consumers preferred over the basic features commercial buyers were used to. Both the half- and three-quarter-ton version of these trucks came standard with a coil spring trailing arm rear suspension which provided a much smoother ride.  It’s worth noting that while three-quarter-ton C20 examples such as the one presented here could be ordered with traditional leaf springs, it appears from the undercarriage pictures provided this example does not have them.

While displaying the typical metal perforation in the rocker panels and cab floor consistent with trucks originally seeing duty in the rust belt, the current caretaker provides a number of the spare parts needed to make the required repairs.  This is a desirable highly optioned example in a unique color that makes it a viable restoration candidate for someone with decent metal fabrication skills.  The only concern we have is what appears to be drip rail rust around the top of the passenger side of the windshield.  Any rust repair in this area is better left to a trained professional to ensure a replacement windshield will fit properly.  Otherwise, if you’re looking for a ’67-’72 vintage Chevrolet C20, this nicely optioned example appears to make a compelling restoration alternative.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Offering for sale a pretty cool Ohio barn find which still retains it’s original lacquer “Dark Gold Poly Paint” (#527) original drivetrain with A/C components, and factory SPID sheet on the glove box door! 1970 C-20 CST Camper Special, badged as 400 (but for all the know alls, I know it’s a 402 big block, GM’s way of confusing some people) has some cool options like air, power steering, power brakes, Custom Sport Truck trim package (top of line for 1970, and wood bed floor. Truck does run and has a clean NJ title. Includes over $1,500 in new and used parts. Needs rockers, wood bed floor, and a tailgate (rust free GM tailgate included in sale) 1970 was the lowest production year for the C-20, making only 70,880 (see images), add in all the options with the factory big block and it makes this truck even more rare. This would make a one of a kind restoration for someone with minor skillset, or even just to drive it as a patina shop truck.
Priced very fair at $5,000 with all the extras!
Located in Mays Landing, NJ 08330

If you see the ad, then it’s available! Scammers need not reply, I know all your tricks!

Serious inquires only please!
Calls only please!
True interest should inspire a phone call!

Do you have a C20 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Mike Crawford

    My son and I are in the middle of restoring my Grandfather’s/his Great Grandfather’s 1970 Chevy C20. We have decided to to a frame off restoration. We are in the process of putting things back together. Not sure if this is an interesting story to you, but this truck has been in Iowa, in our family since it was purchased in 1970. A cousin of my Grandfather’s bought it at the Farm Sale in 1974 for $2020.00. We thought that was ironic, since we towed it to Georgia in Sept. 2020 to begin our work.

    My brother purchased it back form the second cousin in 2014, drove it for several years with the idea of restoring it …….. one day. My brother passed away with cancer in June 2019, 3 days after his 60th birthday. In a conversation with my sister-in-law before he passed, she said my brother’s only wish is that the Red Sled gets a respectable resting place.

    Well, it has! As mentioned, currently it is in pieces at my son’s house as we begin to put the Red Sled back together again. Replacing most of the items with original parts. We have had direction from a childhood friend that has worked with GM for over 30 years instructing young minds in the art of auto mechanics.

    I have some pictures from the first time it had a slide in camper attached to it to travel across the country so my Grandparent’s could avoid the Iowa winters to when my son and I trailered it back from Iowa to Georgia on Labor Day weekend in 2020. There is a lot more to come with this Red Sled and we hope to get it back together and trailered back to Iowa for the July 4th parade in 2021!

    Talk soon,


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