Classic pickup trucks from the 50’s and 60’s are absolutely gorgeous, but driving one of them is a whole other experience entirely. A few years ago, I got to take out a 1950’s Ford F100 for a ride, and it was honestly terrifying. Awful steering and brakes, a transmission without syncros, and slow as all heck to boot. That’s what makes restomods so great, as you get the best of both worlds, combining that old school styling with modern technology.
And that’s what Jody Holdren had in mind when he picked up an old 1968 GMC C10 short-bed, much like the one he owned as a teenager. Out went the original, tired inline-six engine and three-speed manual transmission, replaced with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hemi engine that put out 707HP and 650 pound-feet of torque and a Challenger six-speed manual transmission.
He upgraded the pulley to squeeze even more power out of the motor (now putting out 745HP at the wheel), and did a whole slew of other upgrades (Wilwood brakes, airbag suspension, upgraded suspension components, etc) to make it the ultimate sleeper. It’s 800 pounds lighter than the Challenger, so you do the math!
Jody Holdren recently paid a visit to Autotopia’s garage, where he talks about the evolution of this abandoned farm truck to the black beauty that we see here today. So make sure you click the play button above and check out the video.