This 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne is a former work truck that is getting some great performance upgrades, but keeping the weathered look at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. This 1971 C10 is very special to the owner, as it belonged to a close family friend and has been a part of his life since the late 1980s. We showed you how this truck looked when it came into our shop, and Today, it’s ready to be put back in service!
The recipe called for the 71 C10s cab and bed to be lifted off the frame, and then the chassis was disassembled, media blasted, and powder coated black. All new suspension bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, and other wear parts were installed, along with a complete differential and rear gear rebuild.
Power comes from a Blueprint Performance 383 stroker Chevy V8 engine, with a hydraulic roller cam, roller rockers, aluminum heads and intake, and a Holley Sniper EFI system making 430 horsepower. It’s bolted to a built 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission for smooth highway cruising.
The suspension is new with lowered spindles, springs, and shocks, and the ‘71 C10 now rolls on 20” Detroit Steel wheels for a modern look. Ned bed wood completes the look.
Inside, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop interior department restored the original interior to look brand new. We recovered the seats in the original Cheyenne pattern, upgraded the dash with new Dakota Digital gauges, added upgraded audio, vintage air a/c, cruise control, tilt steering… all things you’d expect in a modern truck. Plus, a secret exhaust cutout switch turns up the volume on the 383 at will!
We’re excited to see this 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne rolling down the road, and the owner is looking forward to making more memories with the old friend of a truck.
1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Upgrades Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV
1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Upgrades Completed Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV
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Author: Brody Prater
Content: That’s my truck, thanks V8 for making my dream a reality!! You guys did an amazing job on my girl!!
Content: Well done. The variable exhaust is a nice touch. My Dad had a 48 Ford with a Flat head and a manual valve on the floor from Muffler when the Cops around and then back to straight. Modern wheels that are relative to the factory appearance is the perfect choice.
Author: Charles Dalton
Content: That truck is perfect. Until now, I didn’t care for “rustifications” (as I call them) but now I see it’s because the other ones weren’t executed properly. And the paint to match the weathering and rust – that is artistry. Outstanding – you all should be proud!
Content: Absolutely lovin it. Pretty much what is going on with my 64 short bed big window C10. Unfortunately, the truck doesn’t have a good enough patina to wear on the road. Great job guys!!!!!!
Author: DIY Life
Content: Awesome! Looks old, but performs like its new! Best way to restore! Great Job V8S&R!
Content: Great build, big advantage when you can take your ride out for lunch and not worry about door dings . It looks like that tilt you used is way too far back than any I have seen?
Author: James Hutchins
Content: Looks like a good, safe and dependable driver. Sweet
Author: Kevin Guthrie
Content: You can polish that single stage factory paint to a mirror shine. If you wax it enough times where there’s rusted sun burned through paint it just becomes shiny bare steel and it looks really good
Content: Nicely done!
Author: Cyclone Kevin
Content: Very nice job.
Author: James Veach
Content: really nice I have a 1987 Ford ranger I wish I could do that too but since I live on $700 a month Social security it’s only a pipe dream I guess
Author: Gary Jones
Content: Nice truck…
Author: Phillip S
Author: G McNelly
Content: Ain’t no good if you can’t drive them (a lot)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Author: Harold Lemons
Content: Please buy mine
Author: Ex Pat Conn
Content: Looking forward to seeing more of these kind of videos to see all the fun stuff you guys are up to. Thanks!
Content: What a great project! I like these classic trucks so much.
Content: Awesome refresh for a awesome truck!
My nephew(18) has a project 85′ C10. Always encourage him to work on it.
Content: Gee thanks for reminding me about how stupid I was to sell my 72 C-10! Great truck!
Content: Great vid. Love to see update work. Teal for a truck is pretty funky
Content: C10’s are popular – anyone notice resales going up up?
Content: i just bought an 81 turbo trans am. 45k miles. mint condition, please do a show on upgrading the 301 v8 for some speed!!
Content: like all the way. i love C10s
Content: Like Farm Truck, but Park Truck!