Driven Rods and Rides is proud to present this piece of americana history 1978 Chevrolet C-20 Scottsdale complete with its’ original Ozark traveler bed camper we call “The Slamper”. This ’78 is a complete time capsule blast from the past presented in true 70’s fashion with a mild twist. What sets this old rig apart from the rest is the history and originality this awesome truck has to offer.
This is an original title, 1 registered owner, original 7,012 mile truck that was purchased new by a couple in Iowa. Both truck and camper were purchased at the same time and the camper is the only thing this truck’s bed has ever had in it. In addition, the original owners only took it on 2 trips. One vacation to Orlando and one vacation to Seattle. Souvenirs from those trips are still hanging on the walls inside the camper locked in time. Other than that this truck sat under covered storage for over 40 years before our friends at barn find rusty gold ran across it while picking in Iowa and asked us if we’d be interested in it. We were immediately sold when we realized it was a lifetime one owner 100% original truck with incredibly low mileage. The fact it was so well maintained and preserved through the years was an additional plus. Not only does this truck have it’s original title from 1978 it also still has the original plastic seat cover, original untouched build sheet still under the seat, original seat belt directions card still on visor, original wheels with original tires, original engine and drivetrain, and is completely rust free with beautiful original paint.
We wanted to do something special with her but keep the originality of this very unique piece of history. We decided a full digital air ride system and some modern 20″ mobsteel wheels with custom white wall tires were just the ticket to give the truck a cool twist. We believe this combination turned out beautifully and it has been an absolute blast cruising this rig to our local car shows over the past 2 years. It’s been a treat to see people young and old fall in love with this truck and talk to them about its’ history and originality. It’s definitely stolen the show everywhere it’s graced.
We custom ordered 20″ wheels and tires from mobsteel as mentioned then color matched and powder coated the wheels and reused this trucks original dog dish center caps to put the cherry on top. We installed the latest and greatest 3h digital air ride system from air lift performance and installed new drop spindles and a new four link rear suspension. We also went through the brake and fuel systems and detailed the truck and camper. This truck now rides and runs unbelievably smooth and floats down the highway effortlessly. For all those purists out there don’t worry. We have all the original suspension parts and original wheels and tires to go with the truck as well.
Whether your looking to go camping in retro style or have something truly unique to show off your local shows this set up more than fits the bill. She’s ready and capable for a cross country adventure too.
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
See listing: 1978 Chevrolet C-20 Scottsdale Complete With Its Original Ozark Traveler Bed Camper (from September 17, 2020)