The truck in the movie Gamer is a 1973 Chevrolet C20 Fleetside. Between 1960 and 1999, the C series was Chevrolet’s full-size pickup truck line. The ”C” indicated two-wheel drive while the ”20” denotes a ¾ ton capacity. The C-series was replaced by the Silverado which had been a trim level prior to 1999. An interesting side note is that the very first C-series from Chevrolet was built between 1911 and 1913 and was a very sharp Brass Era car known as the Series C Classic Six.
1973 Chevrolet C20
1973 saw the introduction of the third-gen C-series. This represented a complete remodeling of the sheet metal that was aesthetically revolutionary for the time, making sure that it looked like no other truck on the road (well, except for its twin the GMC Sierra). The third-gen is commonly called the ”square-bodied” generation of trucks in the U.S. The upgraded style was intended to improve fuel efficiency through aerodynamics and was developed using wind tunnels during the design process. Some of the design details include: double-wall construction, sculpted body work, rounded doors that cut higher into the roofline, a flared secondary beltline, and a raked windshield.
Fleetside denotes the full width bed/pickup box version of a Chevrolet C20. The bed was double-walled with a flared secondary beltline and new wraparound taillights. Owners could choose between all steel and wood floors. There were two options for wheel base length, a 117.5 inch shorty and a 131.5 inch long base. In 1973, the trim level options were the base Custom, Custom Deluxe, Cheyenne, and the top-of-the-line Cheyenne Super. The ’73 also introduced two safety innovations for pickups: the standard passenger side mirror and the collapsible steering column.
The ’73 C20 had a near standard 305 cu in engine, but some owners opted for more powerful engines which included the 350, 400, and 454 cu in V8s. The base transmission was a manual with the Turbo Hydra-Matic available as well. The Load Control suspension system took up residence in the rear. This consisted of a live axle, dual stage Vari-Rate multi-leaf springs and asymmetrical shock absorbers. The intention was to prevent ”wheel hop” under heavy load. 1973 also saw the introduction of the Eaton Automatic Differential Lock(ADL) as an option. The ADL replaced the standard Posi-trac by 1974. The ADL used an internal governor to track vehicle speed and wheel slip and could lockup below 20 mph, but would remain free at speeds above 20 mph. When equipped for towing, the 1973 C20 was rated to pull 12,000 lbs, but the capacity dropped for four-wheel drive trucks.
The C20 used in the movie Gamer featured very few modifications. The addition of a brush guard and some sheet metal changes, and larger rims were all it took to give the truck is distinctive look.
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