The substance of the matter is a 351 cubic inch V8 living under the hood, which makes this old pickup feel a lot more sprightly than expected. It’s not detailed and shiny, but boy does this sucker run! Flames have been painted on the air cleaner just for effect but the rest is designed for ease of maintenance and long-term durability. A 4-barrel carburetor makes the horsepower and you’ll note that it’s upgraded with a big alternator, a new dual master cylinder with power assist, and power steering, all of which make this truck easy to drive every day. It’s linked to a C6 3-speed automatic transmission and a heavy-duty rear end, and the burbling dual exhaust system sounds just about right for a truck that looks like this. Lots of new parts, including fresh brake lines and shocks, mean that this is more than the beater it appears to be, and handsome red steelies with hubcaps and staggered 185/70/15 front and 255/70/15 rear BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall radials add the perfect finishing touch.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States