THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1970 Chevrolet C/10 short bed pickup truck owned by Herb Mones
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Clean lines and rock-solid durability make Chevrolet pickups of this era affordable and popular choices for collectors and customizers. “In 1960,” says Mones, “Chevrolet introduced a new line of light pickup trucks known as the C (two-wheel-drive) or K (four-wheel-drive) models. This new generation of trucks became an instant success, and was a huge seller for General Motors for the next 30 years.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
It was a Father’s Day gift from his wife in 2002.
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“A local plumbing company had used this truck for more than 30 years,” he says. “I often drove by the truck on my way to work and admired its simple, straight lines and high stance.”
“Today, the truck pictured still retains its ‘blue collar’ roots, with the original six-cylinder engine, suspension and four-wheel drum brakes,” Mones says. “An automatic transmission makes local driving easier than the original three-speed, and a newly reupholstered interior makes it more comfortable. In order to add a custom look to the truck, the rear signal and brake lights were ‘frenched’ (recessed into the body), a roll pan with a series of backup lights was added, and the truck was changed from its original brown color to a metallic gold.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Keep in mind, the Chevy C/10s are still widely available and very affordable for a restoration project,” he advises. “And this truck, like so many older vehicles, is relatively easy to maintain. There are no computers, the wiring is basic and the power train is straightforward.”
Mones has insured the Chevy for $25,000.
“The truck has become a part of the family,” he says. “My wife and I take it out for a spin every week. I’m looking forward to taking it on local outings with the grandchildren. It is important to note that, in working on this project, I made many new friends and learned so many new skills.”