Curbside Outtake: 1975 Chevy C10 Pickup – Little Feet

The Midwest CC contingent tells me that these Chevy “box” pickups have largely disappeared there. You’ll be happy (or not) to know that there’s still a very healthy contingent out on the streets here. I’ve shot and posted a number of them, so I mostly don’t bother anymore, but this fine mustard gold one was too good to pass up. And it’s even got a six and three-on-the tree; that alone qualifies it for CC gold.

And it has such dainty feet!

Do those 15″ wheels and tires look mighty tiny from today’s vantage point of 22″, 24″, and bigger wheels? They even looked small back then, in those quite large wheel openings in the new-for 1973 Chevy C-series. I assumed that the original size was the equivalent to the typical 235/75R15s I have on my ’66 F100. But no; the 1975 Chevy pickup brochure says the standard tire size for the C10 was a G78-15; that converts to a 205/75R15. No wonder they look so small, although these might actually be a slightly larger size; I didn’t check, regrettably.  Seems a bit small to me; GM had stopped putting grossly undersized tires on passenger cars a few years earlier.

There’s the ubiquitous saddle-blanket seat covers and that three speed column shifter. Given the lack of a “350” callout on the grille, there’s a 250 six hiding under that big hood. It was advertised as being “new”, with more horsepower and torque, and the new GM high-energy ignition system. “Updated” would be a more accurate term.

The cheap plastic molded door “card” is also on display, which is showing the usual natural aging of its polymers.

It’s a Custom deluxe, in case anyone had any doubts.

And it’s living up to it’s “Custom” designation.

This is what pickups were once mostly like: basic six-cylinder utility vehicles. Things have changed some.