When Chevrolet introduced the C/K truck line in 1960, several changes in the design of pickup trucks began a swing in popularity from bare-bones workhorse vehicle to a real street vehicle that could haul bricks or take the kids to school equally well. One of those design features was the drop-center ladder frame that allowed a lower center of gravity, along with an independent front suspension that gave the new body style trucks an almost car-like ride.
By 1964 the C/K line of trucks was in the middle of the first generation production run, with few subtle changes through the entire run. The biggest change during the first generation run was the elimination of the “wraparound” windshield and front grille design. These features made the ’64 model year a favorite among many of the Chevy truck fans. In case you were wondering, the C stands for conventional while the K denoted a four-wheel drive model.
We found a video of one of these classic 1964 C10 Apache model trucks, done up to take advantage of all the design work that GM started with the first generation C/K model trucks. This Florida-based truck has a classic SBC 350ci engine with a five-speed transmission and airbags for an adjustable ride height. Based on the video, the owner prefers to ride lower than stock, giving the truck a real low profile look on the streets.
The video really highlights the builder’s goal with the classic surf guitar music playing behind shots of the “Green Tiki” truck. At one point, you can even see the driver’s beach sandals as he steps on the clutch pedal to shift. This green and cream colored truck has a total beach feel to it, from the exterior paint job to the lowered ride height. Add the classic wood bed and a touch of white pin stripe with a cruise down a palm tree lined street and you have a surfer’s dream.