THE TRUCK AND ITS OWNER
1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck owned by Paul Dooling
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Chevrolet’s first-generation C-10 pickups, built from 1960 to 1966, combined car-like styling with utilitarian toughness. Back then, they bolstered the company’s reputation as America’s largest pickup producer. Today, they command rising interest – and prices – on the classic car auction circuit and in car clubs across the nation. Dooling’s bright blue “Margaritaville” version commands instant attention when he’s on the road.
“It’s a short-bed pickup, which is very desirable today,” he says. “It’s easy to fix and easy to get new reproduction parts.” The truck’s original six-cylinder engine and manual transmission were later replaced with a 1972 Chevrolet 350-cubic-inch V-8 and a three-speed automatic.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
Since October 2012
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“It was parked in a driveway with a ‘for sale’ sign on it,” Dooling says. “I thought the truck had great lines. It had to be sold to settle family affairs.” It had been purchased from an Oklahoma owner and was shipped to Long Island where it was used for a year or two and “then it sat in the back yard. After that, it became a doghouse and a toy for kids, as well as for storage.” The deal took two weeks to close and Dooling’s granddaughter escorted him and the truck to his Suffolk home four miles away.
“It had a lot of rust,” he says. “General Motors metal rusts if there is heavy fog in the area.” He made some major changes, including new paint and body work, brakes, exhaust system, shock absorbers and seat covers. He also polished the chrome and tightened up the steering. He verified that the Chevy had been a work truck when he found a receipt in the cab from an Oklahoma landfill.
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“This is a great truck to rebuild,” Dooling advises. “The parts are easy to get and they’re not very expensive.”
He estimates the C-10 is worth $10,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“The truck looks and runs great,” Dooling says. “I drive it on sunny days and to car shows on Long Island. I picked out a great ‘retro’ color. The world seems to like it.”