Cruise in a Chevrolet C10
After over a decade of the same old same old, Chevy decided to ramp up its truck line with the release of the C/K line of trucks. The Cs identified the two-wheel drive while the Ks referred to the four-wheel (4 by 4) pickup trucks. The production ran from 1959 until 1997. In the 1970's, a new trim package, the Cheyenne, was offered to buyers. The C10 was a completely different truck from earlier versions. To increase the comfort level, engineers enlarged the cab and to increase visibility both the windshield and rear window glass was enlarged. Although no longer in production, there are still plenty of sellers who have pre-owned models available for sale on eBay.
What Changed with the Release of the C10?
As with the release of any new line of cars or trucks, the release of the C10 brought several upgrades to the pickup truck.
- Frame - To make the ride more comfortable, the C10 featured a drop-ladder center frame. The design allowed for the cab to sit lower and when combined with the independent front suspension the cab was much more comfortable than earlier model trucks.
- Rear Coil Springs - The first generation was fit with leaf springs but when the second generation hit the market, buyers noticed that the leaf springs had been replaced with rear coil springs.
- Roof - To increase the rigidity of the roof, it was manufactured to be thicker than the first generation makes.
- Engines - Over the generations, buyers have the options of getting a 250- and 292-cubic inch, inline six-cylinders along with 307, 327, and 396 V-8s. On model manufactured between 1989 and 1997, drivers could pick a 4.3-liter V-6 or a 6.2-liter V-8 motor.
What about the Different Styles Available?
When the Chevrolet C10 is mentioned, a mental picture of a half-ton pickup truck comes to mind. However, that is not always the case, there are several styles of this vehicle available which is great because it gives buyers a choice when it comes to buying a preowned truck.
- 111-inch wheelbase with a 6.5-foot bed
- 127-inch wheelbase with an 8-foot bed
- Fleetside or plat panel cargo box
- Stepside - On the stepside design, the rear wheels are outside the bed and a step is placed between the wheels and the cab.
- Panel truck
- Suburban sport utility vehicle
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