This Amazing Chevy K10 Is Headed To Barrett-Jackson In Scottsdale: Video14
Not a really a restomod, the 1972 Chevy K10 seen here is more of a what-if-we-did-everything-you-ever-dreamed-of-to-your-old-K10-work-truck. Beginning with a rust-free body, this optional utility bed-equipped Chevy K10 was taken down to bare metal for a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration/modification.
Repainted in PPG Lead Foot Gray and Heron White with blacked out trim, the truck now sports a bit more contemporary look. All the glass and weatherstrip are new, carrying the illusion of a brand-new truck a step farther.
The inside of the utility bed was restored, with the wood floor of the bed stained black. The boxes on the utility bed have been powder coated inside and are lit by LED backlights. A custom-made rear step bumper has been fitted.
Suspension is far beyond anything that would have come on a stock Chevy K10. American Racing bead-lock style wheels shod with 37-inch BFGoodrich tires are hung from 8-lug Dana axles. A full off-road setup featuring TIG-welded custom-fabricated crossmembers, suspension hangars, shackles, and FOX 2.0 shocks. A custom 3-inch stainless exhaust breathing through MagnaFlow mufflers handles the expended gases.
The engine bay is an exercise in show-ready tidiness, and much like the Radiohead song, it has Everything In Its Right Place. There are no errant wires running about. The firewall has been smoothed and painted glossy gray. This Chevy K10 is propelled by a rebuilt 454 cube mill painted in Hugger Orange. The Big Block is fed by a Holley Demon Delivery fuel system, putting power to the ground through a Turbo 400 trans and NP209 transfer case. The valve covers have been hand-pinstriped with a font similar to that of vintage Chevys. Modern A/C has been fitted, and stainless-steel tubing has replaced a traditional radiator top hose running to a Griffen aluminum radiator. A black Wilwood brake booster is an upgrade from the original unit. An Optima Red Top battery takes up residence in the front passenger corner.
The interior of this Chevy K10 is home to a modern recovered bench seat, likely from a newer Chevy truck. Carpet is of the dark gray loop variety. The dash has been covered in contrasting stitched gray leather. Gauges and dash have been lovingly restored. A modern sound system has been installed.
The entirety of this Chevy K10 is far too beautiful to ever use for a work truck again, much less take off-roading. But that isn’t the point of something like this. This was to show what was possible, to present the best version of the truck, and that was done wonderfully.
This Chevy K10 will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in March of 2021.
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Looks like a lot of time and money went into it, nice looking. Might have done more for me with a regular bed though. But to each his own.
That truck actually has a 6.5′ step-side bed with tool boxes replacing the fenders. That was a popular low cost alternative to regular utility beds back in the 60’s and 70’s. Telephone companies used those a lot. Beyond that the truck isn’t a Cheyenne or CST and has rather obnoxious wheels and lift, which will likely hurt it’s value. Nonetheless the workmanship appears to be first rate, and there is probably someone who will spend some big money for it.
Brett lost all credibility by writing: “this Chevy K10 is far too beautiful to ever use for a work truck again, much less take off-roading.”
What a horrible thing to write.
That truck needs to be driven, beaten on and enjoyed.
What’s the point of letting it sit in a garage and die?
Ya gotta get out there and drive it Brett!!
Who cares about the paint chips?
Live a little bit.
And you lost all credibility by making your dumba$$ comment
When spending the amount of money this thing will go for, you’re not taking it off road or beating on it. It’s a collectible and will be a show truck for the rest of its life.
Want a truck to take off-road and beat on, then get a truck that’s won’t be sold for big money at a COLLECTIBLE car auction.
Thanks so much for the kind words Craig – but please don’t speak for me.
You wrote: “When spending the amount of money this thing will go for, you’re not taking it off road or beating on it. It’s a collectible and will be a show truck for the rest of its life.”
That’s not what I would do.
If I bought that truck I’d beat the heck out of it – that’s what its built for.
It’s not built to be a show-queen.
I drive my cars.
Every paint chip and dent has a story to tell.
And thanks for being a good sport Brett buddy!!
It’s okay. Jeff’s a friend; he’s allowed to give me crap!
Looks good other then there is a little too much contrast between the rounded body style with BSM and the
bare square box. I don’t want to be critical and I know it would add more work but how about this?
Probably worth less than a new 2500 hd crew cab high country diesel
Is this a new Trend.
I hope not! City slickers wimp truck.
Is this thing trying to be a 1500 HD or what? Since when did a K10 use 8 lug wheels? And a NP 209 transfercase? More than likely a NP 205 transfercase. That rat would shred a chain drive transfercase rather quickly. Wow. Nice truck sloppy article.
Not a work truck with those tires sticking out there NAKED like that. 40 mph down a few miles of gravel and there wouldn’t be any glass left in the mirrors and very little rocker panel paint on it. Let alone the toolboxes.
Jeff you didn’t like it when you said like Craig don’t speak for you. But you assumed everyone else agreed with you when you said Brett you lost all credibility when you said by writing what you did – what a horrible thing to say and so on. We all have our own opinions but you hit a sore spot with me in saying what you did about Brett. You can’t have it both ways. You than didn’t like a comment directed back at you from Craig please don’t speak for you. So if you owned it and wanted to beat the crap out of it – go for it but some of us might rather keep it nice looking and use a beater to beat the heck out of. I would take it off road but I don’t beat the crap out of anything simply because I respect the things that I own because I worked to hard and long to purchase them. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and your New Year will be the best ever. Cheers
I agree on the huge tires and lift. They look terrible and are not functional.