November 25, 2019
Always nice to find a survivor pickup from the 1970s, when most trucks were bought as work trucks and then were worked to death. This 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne 10 was seen a few years ago in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, wearing a custom grille and a non-stock paint job. Its current condition doesn’t mean it’s never seen a day of hard work, but even if it hasn't it’s in pretty remarkable shape for something going on 50-years-old. Buyers of a new ’71 Chevy pickup were presented with a dizzying array of 42 models! Stepsides, Fleetsides, chassis-cabs, stake trucks, rear- and four-wheel drives, wheelbases of 115, 127, and 133 inches. And just think — all of these were two-door pickups, with no rear doors/rear seats. Imagine if that’d been thrown into the mix! Engine sizes ranged from the 250 and 292cid straight six, on up through 307, 350 and 400cid V8s. The two sixes and the 350 V8 could be converted to run on LP gas, but surprisingly there was no diesel option for 1971. I don’t think there were any cupholders, either.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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