Three Ways to Keep your Chevy C10 Running
Your Chevrolet C10 is one of the most reliable light body pickup trucks that were ever made. Surely, your Chevy C10 has given you great years of service, otherwise you wouldn't think twice about keeping it. It is definitely built to last. Just make sure that you stick to regular basic maintenance and your C10 will stay with you longer. Here are some basic maintenance tips to help you keep your C10 in good shape.
- Remember to pop the hood and check the engine regularly.
Your Chevrolet C10's engine needs all the care it can get. It may seem a daunting task but once you become familiar with what to do, it will be easier. When checking the engine, make sure that the belts are still good. The belts are made of rubber so they dry out, get brittle or wear out eventually. Also, check if they have become loose. Don't forget about the engine oil too. Make sure that the engine oil is always clean and thin. Keep it at the right level. Too little engine oil won't be enough to lubricate the engine parts and too much of it will cause it to leak. Of course, when you replace the engine oil, change the oil filter as well.
- While you're at it, check the cooling system too.
Your Chevrolet C10's cooling system is an integral part of your vehicle. It keeps the engine cool. Engine overheating is bad for your vehicle so make sure that the cooling system parts are working properly. Coolant should be replaced periodically as it becomes acidic if left in the radiator for too long. When replacing the coolant, use 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze. Check the radiator for holes and leaks. Check the hoses too. The heat generated by the engine is detrimental to the hoses so keep an eye on them. Make sure the connections are always tight as well. Do keep in mind NOT to remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot.
- Drive safely. Check your tires.
Don't neglect your Chevrolet C10's tires. Because of its function, it will surely wear out faster and more often than the other parts of the vehicle. Always check the treads and grooves of the tire. Make sure it is at the right depth. Always check the air pressure on your tires as well. Do this weekly to ensure that they are properly inflated. Keeping your tires properly inflated will make them last longer and help you save on gas money. Under inflated tires increases rolling resistance so your vehicle's engine will have to work double time to make it move. Also, rotate your tires. The front and back tires wear out at a different rate so if you rotate your tires, they will wear out evenly. Another thing is don't forget to have your wheels aligned at least once a year. Having your wheels aligned regularly will ensure that your tires wear out evenly and most importantly, your safety.
The Chevrolet C10: A Baby Boomer’s Life and Times
The birth rate wasn’t the only thing that increased during the 1950s. Chevrolet’s popularity in the American automobile market rose up as well, thanks in part to its V8-powered pickups. By the start of the next decade, the company was ready to introduce a new body style of light pickups. This is the story of one of those baby boomer trucks: the Chevrolet C10.
1960-1966: Birth and childhood
When Chevrolet gave birth to its new generation of light pickup trucks in 1960, it also introduced many firsts. Apart from the drop-center ladder frame that allowed the cab to sit lower and the independent front suspension that gave a car-like ride in a truck, the company also introduced a new naming scheme for their models. The C10, got its name because it was a half-ton short-bed truck that ran on a conventional two-wheel drive model.
For the next few years, the C10 enjoyed getting minor changes to its body and several additions to its engine options. In 1961, it got its parking light ovals opened around its spinners. A year later, it got a standard 235 c.i. I6 engine which could be upgraded to a 160 hp 283 c.i. V8. In 1963, it got a coil-spring front suspension along with two engine options. Buyers could choose between the basic 230 c.i. I6 engine that could run up to 140 hp or the 292 c.i. I6 engine upgrade with 165 hp. The next year, engineers changed the C10’s cab by removing the wraparound windshield while adding a new front grille design and air conditioning. In 1965, a 220 hp 327 c.i. V8 engine option was added to the lineup. Before its generation ended in 1966, it got a 155 hp 250 c.i. I6 engine.
1967-1972: Teenage years
Teenagers are known to have their own sense of style, and Chevrolet’s brood of pickup trucks were no exception. They made the transition from being merely utilitarian to becoming personalized pickups with their refined and handsome styling during their second generation’s debut.
Like fickle-minded teens, the C10 got several engine option and styling changes that were often replaced the year after. In 1968, the rear window got a larger glass while side marker reflectors were added to its exterior. At the same time, the 283 c.i. V8 engine option became bigger at 307 c.i. In 1969, upper and lower side moldings and a two-tone paint option changed the exterior. Meanwhile, inside the pickup, the hand-operated parking brake was replaced by a foot pedal as a two-spoke steering wheel with a plastic horn button replaced the three-spoke chrome-horned version from last year. Finally, its 327 c.i. V8 became a 200 hp 350 c.i. engine. In 1970, the Chevrolet front grille got plastic inserts that highlighted the grille’s six separate sections while the 396 c.i. engine became bigger at 402 c.i. A year later, an egg crate grille design was introduced while AM/FM radios became factory standard. In 1972, the rear-view mirror got glued onto the windshield while flat door panels no longer became available.
The C10 and its fellow Chevrolet pickups came of age during the second energy crisis. Because sales dropped quite drastically, the company gave its pickups a dramatic mid-generation change in 1980 to make them more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. It introduced a small-block V8 with an electronic spark control, a four-barrel carburetor, and a 9:21 compression ration – the smallest in a Chevrolet truck engine in ten years.
Like many adults today, the C10 strove to shed excess weight and become relevant. In 1981, Chevy pickups shed anywhere from 115 to 309 pounds thanks to equipment changes, including a new instrument panel with international symbol-controlled switches. This generation of C10s settled down from annually making major changes after that until its next generation replacement came.
1989-1997: Old age and demise
During its final generation, the C10 came with a standard 262 c.i. V6 engine or the 378 c.i. V8 upgrade. It had grown to a wheelbase of 117.5 inches with a length of 194.1 inches and a width of 76.4 inches. Still, it looked much trimmer than it did during the 1970s. It kept the same styling and overall construction until the end of its 37-year run. In 1997, Chevrolet ceased production of the C10 model and moved on with other pickup trucks.