1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

Don Debnam’s 1973 Chevy C-10 Gets a New Job

Everyone deserves to retire, even old farm trucks like Don Debnam’s 1973 Chevy C-10.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

For this squarebody beauty, gone are the days of hauling, well, at least whatever it used to haul around the farm back in the day. We have seen farm trucks fair far worse than Don’s half ton. Most farm duty C-10’s have beds that end up looking like an old sway back horse with a tailgate to match. Those that still wore tailgates that is.

This poor C-10 was probably a bit nervous when it saw that its new owner ran a salvage yard and paint/body shop, thinking it was about to be worked into the grave. But Don showed it how good it’s golden years could be by refining what it had going for it. And after all, there is nothing hotter right now then square fender C-10’s.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

It still wears its original paint with just enough thin spots and road scars to put it in that perfect patina category.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

Motivation is still by its original 80k mile workhorse 350ci V8 but is now backed by a more interstate- friendly 700R4.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

Don is not the original owner but came across it soon after it left an Alabama farm by way of Ohio. By then, the truck had already been somewhat “converted” from farm hand to show queen. Not many trucks get “un-bagged,” but with Don being more of a static guy, he decided to go with a time-tested lowering method that everyone is familiar with.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve


It now rolls on some 17” artillery wheels in a slightly darker shade of green. Even a retired farm truck needs a tool box in the bed, only Don chose to use a trunk from a 29 Chevy. Neat!

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

Inside the cab you’ll find more stock stuff from 1973. The only thing new is a fresh seat cover and a hula girl to keep Don company.

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

The instant we saw Don roll into the recent Goodguys North Carolina Nationals in Raleigh, we knew we had to set some time aside to shoot the truck and take a closer look. Hopefully, you’re glad we did!

1973 Chevy C-10, Fuel Curve

Born and raised in the racing-rich confines of Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert McCarter is a lifelong car nut. His life revolves around it. Best of all, he is self-taught in all of his disciplines. Creative photography came first. Automotive concept design came soon after. He also possesses old world hot rod craftsman abilities reflected in his hi-level upholstery work. Evenings and weekends are solely dedicated to driving, tuning and tweaking his homebuilt ’32 Ford roadster or his pristine ’66 Nova. His deuce roadster has traversed the country on numerous coast-to-coast hair-blowing boogies. He now adds story-teller to his repertoire with his editorial work reflected her on our pages.

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