The chassis underneath is likely from a later-model ’80s K10 pickup, as is the case for most of these 4×4 builds, and nothing matches that lifted stance better than a great-running 350 cubic inch V8. Not dramatically modified, it sports an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on an aluminum intake manifold, but they were careful to keep it closer to its production roots rather than choosing a lot of modifications. Finned Holley valve covers and Chevy Orange paint brighten things up in a good way, and you’ll note there’s a big radiator up front to keep things nice and cool. The engine swap also includes power steering and power front disc brakes, both welcome safety upgrades that also really help out the driving experience. For easy cruising, there’s a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and long-tube headers feed a burbling dual exhaust system that sounds suitably throaty. Newer shocks and mono-leaf front springs tame the ride quality to make this truck a pleasure to drive and the late-model ‘Bullet Hole’ alloy wheels and big 31×10.50-15 Falken white-letter off-road radials look exactly right.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
See listing: newer chassis 1965 GMC 1/2 Ton Stepside monster (from December 8, 2020)