Not your average short-box pickup, this 1976 Chevrolet C10 features custom orange and black paint and bodywork and a customized interior to match, with a seating arrangement that looks a lot more comfortable and supportive than the original bench. Oh, and it’s engine has been swapped for a 454-cubic-inch V-8, too.


According to the third digit in this C10’s VIN, this truck started life with the reliable, yet none-too-powerful 250-cu.in. “Stovebolt” six. When this truck was rebuilt and given the street-rod treatment, that venerable mill came out, and in its place went a 454 V-8. That engine was rebuilt in 2019, and has been modified with Holley four-barrel carburetor mounted atop an Edelbrock Performer 2.0 aluminum intake and a Holley fuel pump. The seller notes that the engine has a “hot” cam, but provides no specs. The engine breathes through headers and a three-inch exhaust system, terminating in Flowmaster mufflers which exit straight out the back, on either side of the license plate. The seller reports no leaks.

The big-block is backed by a Turbo Hydra-Matic 400, which is suited to the rigors of running behind a 454. The seller provides photos showing the underside and no leaks are evident from the pan or the lines. The seller says the transmission shifts great. It’s controlled by a B&M ratchet shifter mounted to the floor in the cab and sends power to a 12-bolt rear end with a Positraction limited-slip differential.


The photos of the underside show a nicely detailed and painted chassis with no corrosion evident. All of the suspension components appear to be clean, painted chassis black and free of grease and rust. The seller points out that the shocks were replaced recently and that the springs are good front and rear. The bushings that are visible appear to be free of cracks. The front end features dropped spindles and power steering. According to the seller, the pump and lines have no leaks and the steering system has no play or looseness. There’s no service history listed on the brakes, but the seller says they stop the truck with no pulling or mushiness from the pedal. The truck rides on American Racing AR61 Outlaw 1 machined alloy wheels with Hankook radial tires, sized 295/50R15 and custom lettered with Chevrolet script matching the color of the truck.


C10s from 1976 were a lot of things, but exquisitely finished from the factory they were not. Paint issues were rampant and the sheet metal was prone to corrosion in even the driest climate. It helped that this truck started life in Florida. The seller points out no blemishes in the paint’s finish, and there’s no orange peel evident in the photos. The rear bumper was replaced with aroll pan. Most of the chrome and emblems have been removed, with the exception of the marker light trim, the front bumper and grille, and the drip edge moldings. The truck has a cowl hood and small chrome mirrors, and the bed is covered with a vinyl tonneau cover. The bed itself was finished as nicely as the exterior, and is now the home to a fuel cell, along with tubbed fenders.


Inside, this definitely doesn’t look like a ’76 C10. The seat was removed and replaced with a three-position bench with high backs in the driver and passenger spots. The center seat features a fold-down console. The door panels are black and show no significant wear on the armrests. The metal portions of the interior were painted to match the outside of the truck, and all of the gauges – which are said to function properly – are accented with a matching orange pinstripe. The oil pressure, temperature and volt meters are aftermarket AutoMeter gauges, but they fit in the original spots on the Chevrolet dash. The tilt steering wheel has been replaced with a black Grant GT wheel. The original radio has been replaced with a modern aftermarket AM/FM head unit with Bluetooth functionality, along with aftermarket tweeters and rear speakers.

Custom “Square Body” short-box pickups are a perennial favorite. This 1976 Chevrolet C10 has had all the hard work done. It’s a great looking truck with a more modern interior and 454 V-8 power, ready for cruising at your command.

Price: $25,900

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Location: Hawthorne, Florida, United States