/ /

1978 Chevrolet K10 Silverado Stepside California Barn find 4WD K-10 Survivor

Make: Chevrolet
Model: C/K Pickup 1500
Type: Standard Cab Pickup
Trim: Silverado
Year: 1978
Mileage: 15,789
VIN: ckl148z118658
Color: Russet
Engine: 350
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Medium Orange
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Moraga, California, United States

1978 Chevrolet C/K Pickup 1500 Silverado Additional Info:

1978 Chevrolet K10 "Stepside "
~Original Rust free California truck~ Strong running 350 cid 4 barrel v8 motor~Well optioned top of the line "Silverado" luxury trim~Original Oak wood bed finished in Gold Mahogany stain~Rare color combo Russet Metallicwith Mandarin Orange interior

Up for sale is a beautiful 1978 Chevrolet K10 Stepside in Russet Metallicwith a Mandarin Orange interior. This unique truck was built in Fremont, CA and has been raised in the mild climate of the San Francisco bay area for the last 40 years. This truck is not just your everyday square bodyChevy,this truckwas ordered special as a pleasure truck to be enjoyed and not ordered as an everyday work truck like the majority were ordered. Essentially all the boxes were checked when this truck was ordered in 1978. This truck comes equippedwith all of the best equipmentyou could order on a 1/2 ton truck in 1978; a 350 4 barrel v8, Dana 44 and a locking 12 bolt rear axle with 3:73 gears, the loaded up Silverado package with AC and power everything. How many have you seen in this color combo? This is the RIGHT truck and has all its original bones. This Stepside has not been swapped or replaced with cheap quality aftermarket parts made in Asia. All the body panels and trim is 100% American made in Fremont, CA in 1978, even the oak wood bed is the original wood that came with this truck. Ordinarilya 40 year old step sidewith a wood bed wouldn'tstand the test of time, but this truck is no ordinary stepside. This chevy was never abused and properly maintained for the last 40 years fortunatelypreserving it to be enjoyed for many years to come. This is a truck that would be very hard truck to duplicate and you cannot just go out and find another 40 year old Russet Metallicstep sideoptioned like this one in this nice and original condition. 73-87 Chevy and GMC trucks or squarebody trucks have reached a stage of collect ability that has seen a rise in demand. Demanding a higher value be put on those trucks that are well optioned and original. Don't miss out on this sweet California stepside the would be impossible to go out and find another just like it.
Notable Options:E62=Stepside Pickup boxLS9=v8 350 4 BarrelG80=Locking DifferentialMX1= Turbo Hydra-matic 350 AutomaticF60=Heavy Duty Front SpringsC60= All Weather AirConditionerYE9=Silverado Trim EquiptmentZQ2=Operating Convenience Package (Power doors and locks)

Cosmetically this truck is in fantastic condition with a very solid original body, panels, trim and wood in the bed. The only non original part is the tailgate. The truck has been repainted once in its life the original Russet Metallic and White paint otherwise its a very original truck and maintains an original look that is unmistakingly 1978. The paint shines very nicely but it is not perfect it is a paint job that was preformed roughly 20 years ago. There are a few dings most noticeably drivers front fender and passenger rear fender otherwise this is a very straight and solid truck. The oak wood bed that was installed new has been sanded and finished using a mahogany stain using all the original wood. All the chrome bumpers, chrome grille and trim is original and in great shape with no pitting. The original rally wheels have been replaced with wider Chevy steel wheels off of a Blazer, combined with the oversized 33x12.5x15 BF Goodrich Mud terrain this truck has a a good porportioned look to it.

Mechanically this truck is in good operating condition. The motor starts up and runs great, this truck will cruises at 75 mph with no issues. The original 350 was replaced with a 350 General Motors crate motor. The transmission shifts smoothly in all gears and reverse, it has been rebuilt in the past.The brakes work like they should. All the lights are functional The AC does not blow cold but the fans all work. The radio does not work.

The interior of this truck is in good condition. The original carpet has been replaced otherwise everything else like the seat, and panels are original and came with the truck in 1978. The original panels have been refinished. The original Mandarin Orange seat is in good shape except for 2 rips on the drivers side. The seat color is a real cool and unique color that you do not see very often with these trucks, it has an almost distressed leather look to it.

I have described the truck the best I can and have tried to include all details on the truck. I have included almost 200 detailed photos of everything I can on the truck as well as a video presenting this truck running and diving. Remember this is a 40 year old 4x4 truck if there are any additional questions, clarifications or photos needed please ask me and I can respond ASAP.Thank you and good luck!



Video will open in a new window

The information below is what4-Wheeler magazine had to say about the 1973-1987 Chevrolettrucks and basically call out this exact vehicle as the high water market for the classic 1973-1987 Chevrolet Square body trucks.This 1978 Silverado Step-side has (per 4-Wheeler magazine) in the best options that were availableSilverado packagerare color combination350 4VTurbo 350G-80 limited slipDana 44 front AxleCorporate12 boltoriginal wood bed

Probably the most popular pickups ever produced are the '73-'87 Chevrolets. Classic styling and solid drivetrains are found in most of these rigs, and parts interchangeability is among the best of any vehicle line. Of course, these pickups do suffer from more than a few common maladies, but some years are better than others. In this story, we'll clue you in to what you should look for when buying one of these examples of honest American truck-building.

The wide range of engines used is second only to the variations in compression and horsepower figures. In addition, not all engines were available in all of the weight ratings during all years. We've compiled a fairly comprehensive list of engines, but strange variations exist in the real world. As the EPA mandated better economy ratings and phased out leaded gasoline and California threw its regulations into the mix, compression ratios and power figures generally dropped, then started to rise as the technology improved to make these motors work almost as well as they used to. For instance, the lowly 305 of 1978 had a lame 8.4:1 compression ratio and is generally regarded as a poor performer. But by 1987, the little mill featured a 9.2:1 ratio, a 20hp gain, equally improved torque figures, and much better fuel economy.
The 305ci and 350ci small-blocks appear identical to the untrained eye, but the two or three stamped letters on the block in front of the passenger-side head above the water pump mounting can identify the displacement, but you may need a book that translates the code. If the motor is an '80-or-newer, the displacement is cast into the back of the block near the bellhousing mounting flange. The 350 is the 5.7L and the 305 is the 5.0L.

The "standard" pickup is somewhat of a misnomer; so many options and styles were produced that the standard two-door cab with a Stepside bed is simply one of many styles. Two basic body designs were available: the '73-'80 with square hoods and fenders, and the '81-'87 sloped-nose style. Spotting weight ratings was simple back then: ½-tons were K10s, ¾-tons were K20s, and the ¾-tons were K30s. The exception was in 1987 when they changed the K to a V, a prelude to the massive body and mechanical changes of the '88 model year. Beds came in long and short with either the Fleetside or Stepside design, though shortbeds were used only on K10s.

Trim levels started with the Custom and ended with the Silverado package with all the options and goodies, but the basic mechanicals stayed the same.

With only three manual transmissions and three automatics to chose from, it's pretty hard to make a poor choice. The three-speed stick was shifted on the column and is the least common (and least desirable) choice. A manual four-speed with overdrive was made for a few years, but it's also not very common. The manual four-speed SM465 is a floor- shifted, granny low box that has a virtually untarnished reputation and is a favorite of gear-grinders. The TH350 and TH400 are almost indestructible if not overheated and are arguably two of the best autos ever produced. The 700-R4 four-speed auto features an overdrive gear for highway cruising and mileage, but during the first few years of production, it was plagued by problems that have since been sorted out.

T-Case Tips

Only three different transfer cases were used from 1973 to 1987: the NP205, NP203, and NP208. Only the NP205 is available in all these years, and it's regarded as the toughest style around for regular pickups, as evidenced by the usage in the 1-ton models. The 205 is a simple, relatively light geardriven unit with part-time operation. It's identifiable by the three-bolt retainer (seen on the back of the case) that holds the shaft that goes through the center of the cast-iron case. From '80-'91 the ¾-ton and 1-ton versions used a long slip-yoke-style extension housing similar to that seen on NP208s.


Front and rear axle styles didn't vary greatly except for weight ratings between models, and most of them are easily interchangeable. The cover bolt count and design are the easiest ways to identify the model, as is the amount of wheel studs used per wheel. Front axles for K10s and most K20s were either the Dana 44 with 10 bolts on the cover and an angular shape, or the Corporate 10-bolt with an ovalish cover and 10 bolts. The 10-bolt and Dana 44 used ball joints in the steering knuckles with a three-bolt steering arm. The K10 series used six-lug wheels, and the K20s were fitted with eight lugs. The K30 models received Dana 60 front axles with a 10-bolt angular-shaped cover that's much larger than the 44. The wheels were eight-lug but with 9/16-inch studs instead of the K20's ½-inch style. Chevy Dana 60 steering arms were fitted to the knuckle with four bolts instead of three.

Rear axles used on the K10 were Corporate 10- or 12-bolt designs, with the identifying features being the number of bolts in the cover.

This truck was a special factory order from a long gone dealer in rural Marin county. It was ordered with the best options in a very rare color combination. It is a West Coast survivor from one of the most ideal climates in one of the most beautiful places in the world Northern Marin county. The truck is in unbelievable original condition with very low miles and a strong running General Motors crate motor, it has a G-80 rear axle and still has the original oak bed that it left the Fremont California factory 52 miles away over 4 decades ago. One other thing that is fact is you or myself cannot duplicatethis rare original California survivor.
For those of you who know the trend in collector vehicles is leaning heavy oninvestmentopportunity'sfor Vintage Four Wheel Drive vehicles.
Hagerty classic car insurance the largest insurer of classic vehicles in the world list the Hagerty Top 25

lHere’s a full rundown of this month’s Top 25:

1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup99
1960-1966 Chevrolet C/K Series98
1990-1997 Lincoln Town Car98
1992-2002 Mazda RX-797
1993-1998 Toyota Supra97
1973-1991 Chevrolet C/K Blazer97
1968-1976 BMW 200295
1966-1977 Ford Bronco94
1947-1955 Chevrolet 310094
1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS94
1969-1975 International Harvester Pickups93
1993-1998 Lincoln Continental Mk VIII93
1955-1959 Chevrolet Trucks93
1945-1968 Dodge Power Wagon93
1955-1959 GMC Blue Chip Series Pickups92
1997-2004 Porsche Boxster92
1973-1987 GMC C/K Series Pickup90
1977-1988 Porsche 92490
1978-1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo90
1950-1956 International Harvester Pickups90
2000-2006 BMW M390
1999-2005 Porsche 91190
1968-1973 Datsun 51089
1993-2002 Pontiac Firebird89
1978-1979 Ford Bronco89
This information below is also from Hagerty and refer the trucks as C-10. This truck is a K-10 which is 4 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive is always more valuable.
You can now call your old Chevy C10 the hottest vehicle on the collector car market, at least according to the latest Hagerty Vehicle Rating. The 1973–87 Chevy C/K moved up from third to take the highest spot in the Top 25, knocking off the Dodge Power Wagon.

As was the case in the last update, vintage trucks and affordable performance cars are dominating the top spots. About half are trucks, and only two vehicles on the list are valued at $30,000 or more. Most are under $20,000. Prices reflect average values for #3 (or good) condition vehicles.

The Hagerty Vehicle Rating tracks a vehicle’s performance relative to the rest of the market, based on a 0–100 scale. A 50-point rating indicates that a vehicle is keeping pace with the market overall. Ratings above 50 indicate above-average appreciation, while ratings below 50 indicate vehicles that are lagging.

Some of the vehicles in the last update—like Willys-Jeep Pickups, 1950–57 VW Transporters, Jeep CJ-2As, and Land Rover Defenders—have slipped slightly and out of the Top 25, but they have simply been replaced by other trucks, namely Chevys/GMCs and Internationals. For this update, two GMCs and two Internationals made the list. Last time around, there weren’t any from either make.

Specifically, GMC and Chevrolet trucks have seen an uptick in buyer interest through insurance quote activity, while GMCs have shown particular strength at auction, and the Chevys have been performing well on the private market. The International pickups are new to the Top 25 list thanks to huge surges in quote activity, particularly for the 1969–75 pickups that have also seen a sizable jump in their Hagerty Price Guide values. The more well-known International Scouts, meanwhile, are also outpacing the market with high ratings, but they surprisingly haven’t seen the same kind of growth as the pickups and didn’t make the cut.

1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Classic pickup truck values continue to grow, and the C/K Series is growing with it. The squared off pickup had a thorough redesign for 1973. Trim lines were shuffled around in 1975, but after that the four-tier hierarchy remained the same throughout the truck’s lifecycle. Surprisingly, values for this generation of C/K pickups are outpacing that of the generation before it for the first time. Hagerty says the values have risen 11 percent over the past 12 months

Expert Commentary

For the third consecutive period, Hagerty’s Affordable Classics Index was the biggest gainer of our seven primary indices. This underscores two facts. First, changes throughout the market have been small enough that a three percent change is sufficient to take star segment honors. Second, and more importantly, cheap fun is more appealing to buyers in times of unease as the mental reward and minimal risk create an attractive package.

Significant movers in this group are familiar ones. The Porsche 914 has officially shaken its ill-earned and decades-old stigma and is 45 percent more valuable than it was a year ago. The Volkswagen Beetle also had another strong cycle, increasing by seven percent again.

The Hagerty Price Guide Index of Affordable Classics is a stock market style index that averages the values of 12 cars priced under $40,000 from the 1950s-70s. Most of the cars in this index are priced below $25,000. The list below shows the cars that make up the index, while the graph to the left shows this index’s average value over the years. Values are for #2 condition, or “excellent” cars.


This classic Chevrolet 4 wheel drive step side can be shipped to just about anywhere in the World for a lot less than you might except direct from the port of Oakland.
Please click on the link to get a shipping quote

How We Ship Classics From The USA

Video will open in a new window


  • Obtain and verify the registered information of all users who bid on this auction
  • Cancel any and all bids at my discretion or end the auction early if necessary
  • Bidders Age: You must be 18 years of age or older to bid
  • Special eBay Bid Retraction Rules: Please read eBay's "Retracting a Bid"
  • Your bid constitutes a legally binding contact to purchase this vehicle. Please read eBay's User Agreement
  • If you place a bid before the last 12 hour period of the auction, you may retract that bid before the last 12 hour period but only for exception circumstances. You will not be allowed to retract that bid during the last 2 hour period of the auction.
  • If you place a bid during the last 12 hour period of the auction, you will be allowed to retract the bid for exceptional circumstances but only if you do so within one hour after placing the bid.
  • Buyer will need to arrange funds or financing before pickup or shipment.
  • INSPECTION: I have done my best to disclose all information known about this vehicle for auction. I welcome a buyers inspections. If you plan to have a buyer's inspection, please make sure you inspect the vehicle prior to the auction ending. Inspection fees, if any, are buyers responsibility.
  • REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES MADE BY SELLER: This vehicle is being sold "as is". No representations or warranties are made by seller, nor are any representationsor warranties relied upon by bidders in making bids.
  • TITLE INFORMATION: If payment is made by cashier's or personal check we will hold all titles for 10 days or until funds have cleared.
  • All shipping charges and arrangements are buyer's responsibility. I will make vehicle available to third party shipping company hired by buyer but will not be responsible in any way for claims arising from shipping damage.
  • Licensed carriers are generally insured for $3,000,000.00. We assume no responsibility for damages incurred after the vehicle leaves our location. Any claimsor other communication regarding shipment of vehicles will be between you and the shipper, not with seller.
  • The amount of time it takes for delivery is dependent on the carrier. Verify with the shipper for an estimated time of arrive to be sure.
  • I will contact the successful high bidder by email after the auction closes.
  • Successful high bidder MUST communicate with seller through eBay within 24 hours of the auction ending to make arrangements to complete their transaction. If we cannot confirm your intention to buy or the sale is not completed within 5 days, we reserve the right to relist this vehicles or sell to any other qualified buyer.
  • In order to secure bidon vehicle, successful bidder (buyer) must within 24 hours of bid closing send to seller a non-refundable deposit in the amount of $500.00 via PayPal. Within 72 hours of bid closing, buyer must send balance of funds by bank wire transfer, cash in person, or bank certified funds to seller.