A 355 cubic inch Chevy V8 provides the power, and it’s plenty entertaining considering the relatively lightweight truck behind it. The Chevy Orange powerplant is dressed up with chrome valve covers and a matching air cleaner, while the hardware underneath is tried-and-true. The Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Weiand intake manifold, and long-tube headers provide snappy throttle response and a great torque curve, but it never gets cranky. The engine bay is tidy but not over-detailed, so you don’t have to worry about driving it and having some fun, and thanks to the 4-speed manual gearbox, fun is practically guaranteed. A rugged 12-bolt rear end hangs on coil springs and it exhales through a pair of snarling Flowmaster mufflers with cool tips just ahead of the rear wheels. The stance is just about perfect with staggered 245/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States