1984 Chevrolet C10: Classic Hot Rod Look with Big Block Power

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1984 Chevrolet C10 Big Block Front

Light purple paint might not be your thing, but this big block Chevy C10 is surely a blast to drive.

While flipping through listings of Chevrolet pickups for sale on RacingJunk.com, we came across this customized flareside square body. This 1984 C10 is painted an unusual light purple that might not be everyone’s ideal color for a hot rod pickup, but the engine tucked under the aftermarket hood is exactly what most hot rod owners want. That is, of course, a big block V8, but this classic square body pickup is more than just a big engine.

Hot Rod Power

The starring feature of this 1984 Chevrolet C10 is the big block Chevy V8 under the hood. The displacement has been enlarged to a whopping 468 cubic inches and while there are no details on the engine, we can see that it has headers, MSD ignition, an Edelbrock air cleaner over an aluminum intake manifold and chrome Moroso valve covers. We would guess that this engine is pretty stout, especially compared to any stock 1984 C10 engine.

1984 Chevrolet C10 Engine Driver's Side

The power from that big block Chevy is sent to the rear wheels by means of a TH400 automatic transmission with a 3,200 stall, a 12-bolt rear differential and 4.10 gears. Moving the power from the gears to the ground is a set of New Vision chrome wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich tires.

1984 Chevrolet C10 Engine Front

Hot Rod Look

While the big engine under the hood likely makes this 1984 Chevrolet pickup a ton of fun to drive, the interior and exterior make it a proper hot rod show truck.

1984 Chevrolet C10 Big Block Side

The majority of the exterior is painted light purple, including the front bumper, the rear roll pan and the door handles, but there is some trim around the windows, on the mirrors and, of course, on the custom horizontal-bar grille. You might not love the color choice, but there is no denying that this ’84 Chevy looks great on the outside.

1984 Chevrolet C10 Big Block Rear

The inside follows suit, with all of the exposed metal being painted the same purple as the exterior contrasting against the black dash, carpeting and door panels. The huge bench seat is wrapped in fresh upholstery, a large racing tachometer has been added to the dash and a custom steering wheel has replaced the original piece.

1984 Chrvrolrt C10 Big Block Interior

This truck would probably be a whole lot more desirable to a broader group of buyers if it was bright red or black, but this 1984 Chevrolet C10 packs big power for the driver and a unique look for onlookers. The seller is asking $13,500, but trades will be considered, so if you are looking for a sweet big block square body Chevy, you could be cruising in this beast next spring.

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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