1970 Gmc Truck

By ArthurHoose

A Guide To 1967-1972 Chevy/GMC Pickups 1970 Gmc Truck

The ’67 to’72 Chevrolet/GMC/K 1970 Gmc Truck pickup series is on the verge of becoming an icon, just like the ’55-’57 Chevy passenger cars. The tri-five Chevys and the ’67 – 72 pickups were never unpopular. They have maintained a strong popularity throughout the years and this popularity grew steadily through the 90s. As the most sought-after trucks become scarce, the demand for C/K models has increased.

The fully-loaded, big block-powered shortbeds are the most expensive in the price range, with ’67-’72 C/K trucks and 1970 Gmc Truck. Short-block-equipped models of loaded trucks followed quickly. The majority of people started to look for planer short-bed trucks. Some free-thinkers began to buy loaded longboards.

1970 Gmc Truck

As with the Chevy/GMC installments in this builder’s guides series, we refer the trucks as Chevys. However, everything is applicable to GMC trucks too. There are few differences between these two brands, but they are mostly cosmetic. The grilles are the most obvious difference. Some prefer Chevy grilles while others prefer GMC units. Many owners choose custom billet or tube grilles.

These trucks are identified by the C/K designations, which signify either two-wheel drive (C Series), or four-wheel drive (K Series). Chevrolet trucks use the letters 10, 20, and 30 to signify 1/2-, 3/4, or 1-ton models. C10 models are preferred by sport truck enthusiasts. GMC trucks use the same C- and K prefixes but they are followed by 1500, 2500 or 3500 to signify 1/2, 3/4, or 1-ton models.

There were two styles of 1970 Gmc Trucks: Stepside or Fleetside. They had either a 61/2-foot-long bed or an 8-foot long bed. The interest in longbed loaded Fleetside trucks has increased, but long bed Step Sides are not recommended unless you want to enter a 1970 Gmc Truck contest.

The Fleetside trucks seem to be more popular than the Stepside models. It is much easier to find loaded Fleetsides that are similar equipped as Stepsides. A big-block, air-conditioned, full-power accessory Stepside is worth saving.

Over six years, there were more fleetside shortbed trucks produced than the 1970 Gmc Truck. This is especially true for the 70-72 models. The production numbers by bed type were impressive even in the initial three years. In 1970, the Fleetsides dominated. The Fleetside to Stepside ratio was approximately 3:2 in 1971. The ratio rose to 2:2 in 1972. For long bed trucks, the production numbers differences between Fleetsides & Stepsides were even more severe.

Fleetside trucks had a greater likelihood of having higher equipment levels than their numerical advantage. Utility companies used many Stepside base models trucks. One of the trucks from utility companies that we bought didn’t even come with a radio. However, it did have a heater.