Old vs New: Can a Built Chevy K10 Old Truck be as good as a New Truck for the Same Dollar? (Video)

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1985 Chevy K10 Big Green?

How much green did we put in to our K10 Big Green project? It all started with a lifted 1985 K10 regular-cab long-bed truck that we got for $5,000. We called it “Big Green“.

The truck was a good off-roading machine, but the old 305 cu-in V8 was underpowered. The quiet exhaust did not match the macho looks of this square-body. We would not be able to do this project without sponsored parts from Chevy Performance (350 cu-in ZZ6 V8), Magnaflow exhaust, and Summit Racing. Our good friends and master mechanics, Ted Ax and Devon, were a big part of the build.

In the end, all of the parts and labor costs added up to $20,995, coincidentally the MSRP of a brand new 2017 Chevy Colorado extended cab 2WD. Naturally, we are not counting all of the time, blood (bloody knuckles), sweat, and tears (I don’t think anybody actually cried).

Big Green now has FiTech throttle-body fuel injection to produces around 400 horsepower and send it down the line via an original 4-speed manual transmission and transfer case. The new V8 sounds amazing and the truck looks much better inside and out with a new grille, rear bumper, reupholstered bench seat, and new vinyl floor.

Are we done yet? The short answer is – No!  We are planning to take the truck on an off-road adventure against Mr Truck’s Dodgezilla.

Check out the video to exactly what went into our Chevy K10 Big Green build up to this point.