Monday, February 8, 2016

Seller Submission: 1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup LSX

The second generation Chevrolet C/K Pickup (1967-1972) added a number of comfort and convenience items to the basic pickup truck that it replaced.  Time has been good to the C/K series as they were built by the boatload from serious metal -- some have been picked up and restored by collectors, but the vast majority are cheap and rough workhorses.  Find this 1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup with LSX swap offered for $5,000 in Suwanee, GA via craigslist.  Seller submission from Matt C.

If you are looking for an all-original show truck, you've come to the wrong place, because this one is packing a V8 from an '07 Express van and a ratty exterior.  It could be a good truck if you've got a local body shop that does nice work, or if you just need something for hauling manure around town.

Under the hood  is something like a Vortec 5300 LM7 or Vortec 6000 LQ4 that would have put about 295-300 (flywheel) horsepower out of its 5.3 or 6.0 liters (respectively). The seller says it makes 240 at the wheels, which sounds nice and health given drivetrain losses. 

See a better old farm truck with a secret under the hood?


  1. That engine will absolutely smoke the rear tires. Paint the door green and fix the seats and overall tidy up - done. The price seems right...

  2. I've owned many of these trucks. This has the custom package, with upper and lower chrome strips, white top, and the nicer interior. And AC originally too. For an enthusiast, this could be a real nice driver with a bit of work. The speedo may pose a problem being it has a new transmission.

  3. Diamond in the rough, as they say.

    From the days when you didn't need a scissor-lift to get to the bed of a half-ton pickup.

    This should have the truckarm rear suspension that launched a thousand NASCAR teams, right? Geometrically a decent design, if somewhat bulky...

  4. Nice truck and the ask is right. GLWTS and I'm sure the next owner will enjoy

  5. Not a criticism (anyone is welcome to build whatever they like), but would it not have been a lot less work to have just built up the original SBC? Feel free to educate me.

  6. To answer a couple of the questions asked:

    These came with the option of a coil sprung (truck arm) rear suspension or leaf sprung. This one has the leaf spring option.

    The engine in there had a cracked starter mounting boss; repairing it is iffy. I could have put in another Gen 1 SBC, but wanted to play with an LSx swap.


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